Raphael Chinn is a California-born violist currently based in Glasgow. 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, presenting programmes at various venues in his native Bay Area, and still performing regularly at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he undertook pre-conservatoire training. Before his arrival in Scotland to begin undergraduate studies in viola, he studied closely with many of the finest classical artists in America–among them Paul Yarbrough, violist of the Alexander String Quartet, Kay Stern, concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Chauncey Patterson, violist of the Miami String Quartet, and Robert Vernon, former principal violist of the Cleveland Orchestra.
On this side of the pond, he has toured throughout the United Kingdom and the Continent, most recently performing chamber music in Scotland and England with various ensembles and participating in orchestral and operatic projects in Italy, where he collaborated with colleagues to form 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, where he was awarded a scholarship to pursue an undergraduate degree in Viola Performance. Therein he had been awarded various competition prizes, such as the first prize at the Mabel Glover String Quartet Competition. At present he studies under the tutelage of Duncan Ferguson, formerly of the Academy of St Martin-in-the-fields, and has been awarded another scholarship to begin postgraduate studies at the Conservatoire next year.