Raphael Chinn is a California-born violist currently based in Glasgow. Before his 2014 arrival in Scotland, he undertook pre-conservatory training with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division, and studied closely with many of the finest classical artists in the United States––among them Paul Yarbrough, the founding violist of the Alexander String Quartet, Kay Stern, concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and Chauncey Patterson, violist of the Miami String Quartet. A keen chamber musician, he has performed in various capacities on both coasts of the United States, appearing as part of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, and presenting programmes at many venues in his native
San Francisco Bay Area.
He has appeared in numerous masterclasses with many of today's most esteemed viola players, including Roger Chase, professor of viola at Trinity Laban, Robert Vernon, former principal violist of the Cleveland Orchestra, and the soloist Paul Coletti, professor of viola at the Colburn Conservatory of Music.
He has toured throughout the United Kingdom and the Continent, which has involved performing chamber music in Scotland and England as well as participating in orchestral and operatic projects in Italy, where he aided in the formation of the greatly successful New Generation Festival in Florence.
After a brief hiatus to take on a degree in philosophy in Rome, Raphael has recently returned to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), where he was awarded a scholarship to pursue an undergraduate degree in Viola Performance. During his studies at the RCS, he has been awarded various competition prizes, including the first prize at the Mabel Glover String Quartet Competition.
Raphael has been awarded another scholarship to undertake a postgraduate degree in Chamber Music at the RCS––which he will complete in the Autumn of 2021. At present, he studies under the tutelage of Duncan Ferguson, formerly of the Medea Quartet, Academy of St Martin-in-the-fields, and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Head of Chamber Music at St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh.