Raphael Nussbaumer Switzerland, 13, Junior

Born in 2006, Raphael Nussbaumer began playing the violin at four years old. At the age of six, he began to study with Philip A. Draganov and since has won prestigious prizes at competitions including Schweizerischer Jugendmusikwettbewerb (SJMW), the Zurich Music Competition, the Andrea Postacchini Competition and the Louis Spohr Competition. He has performed a number of notable concerts, including solo performances with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Biel Symphony Orchestra and the Franz Schmidt Chamber Orchestra. Several of his performances have taken place in prestigious venues including the Tonhalle (Zurich) and the Palace of Justice (Vienna). 

“It is a great honor for me to participate in the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020. It will be a wonderful experience for me to be there, meet with other young violinists from all over the world and to make friends. I am also looking forward to the jury and I'm curious about their feedback and help in becoming a better violinist. I’m really looking forward to coming to America, because I’ve never been to the USA. I hope that this will be a beautiful and educational journey. ”