Rafael Frei

Date of birth: 03.03.1994

Instrument: saxophone
Nationality: Swiss
Competition: Schweizer Jugendmusikwettbewerb, 2014

1st prize, EMCY Prize

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Rafael began playing the saxophone at the age of eight with the teacher Erich Berthold at the music school Oberrheintal (CH) in Altstätten SG. In 2009, he went to the music high school in Feldkirch; there he had lessons at the Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium with the saxophone docent Prof. Fabian Pablo Mueller. Since 2012 he is a member of the “Förderklasse” for musical high talents. In 2014, he will begin the IGP at the Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium in the class of Prof. Fabian Pablo Mueller.

Rafael is a founding member of the saxophone quartet “Multiphonix” since 2010, where he plays the baritone saxophone. Multiphonix has won several competitions, such as Prima la musica in Austria and the international Italian competition “Giovanni musicisti” in Treviso. He has also received 1st prize with distinction as a soloist at the “Schweizerische Jugendmusikwettbewerb” 2014 in Lausanne where he obtained the EMCY prize.

In his career, he has taken part in numerous concerts. In summer 2013, he has made his debut with Multiphonix as a soloist with the orchestra, playing “Rhythm of the Americas”, by Bob Mintzer. He has also played with stars, such as Tony Lakatos. Rafael has attended several jazz- and classical master classes/workshops with renowned saxophone players, such as Tony Lakatos, Florian Bramböck, Peter Gasteiger, Jan Schulte Bunert and the saxophone quartet “Clair-Obscure”.

Listen to Rafael here (quartet)




J. S. Bach, Cello Suite No. 1

B. Cockcroft, Beat Me

C. Lauba, Stan

R. Noda, Improvisation 1

M. Zbar, Cinq Clairs-Obscurs


Chamber music

J. S. Bach, Concerto Italien

T. Escaich, Tango virtuoso

G. Faure, Pavane

J. Francaix, Petit quatuor pour saxophones

P. Geiss, Patchwork

J. Ibert, Histoires

P. Iturralde, Suite hellenique

S. Joplin, Original Rags

G. Ligeti, 6 Bagatellen (1st- and 4th movement)

W. A. Mozart, Adagio und Rondo

A. Piazzolla, Histoire du tango

G. Pierné, Introduction et variations sur une ronde populaire

M. Torke, July

H. Wiberny, Ulla in Africa


With piano

E. Bozza, Aria

L. Chic, Solo sur la tyrolienne

P. Creston, Sonata (Op. 19)

J. Demersseman, Fantasie sur un thème original

E. Denisov, Deux pièces

W. S. Hartley, Sonata for Baritone Saxophone

P. Hindemith, Sonate

P. Maurice, Tableaux de Provence

D. Milhaud, Scaramouche

A. Piazzolla, Duo 1

A. Piazzolla, Vuelvo al sur

E. Schulhoff, Hot Sonate

J. B. Singelée, Septième solo de concert


With orchestra

C. Debussy, Rhapsodie

P. Maurice, Tableaux de Provence

D. Milhaud, Scaramouche

B. Mintzer, Rhythm of the Americas

E. Schulhoff, Hot Sonate


If you are interested in working with Rafael, please get in touch with the EMCY Office.




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