Raphael Zinner received his first cello lessons at the local music school aged four, and in the following years at Weimar’s specialist music school ›Schloss Belvedere‹. Since 2018, this cellist has been studying with Troels Svane at Lübeck College of Music. Participation in masterclasses by Peter Bruns, David Geringas, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Gustav Rivinius have also provided him with vital musical input. As the first ever three-time winner of ›Jugend musiziert‹, Raphael has also won numerous other prizes at international competitions such as the Heran Competition in the Czech Republic, the Liezen International Competition for Cello in Austria and the David Popper Cello Competition in Hungary. During the 2019/20 season, Raphael held an academy position with the Lübeck Philharmonic.
In addition to his solo playing, he is a passionate chamber musician. He has performed with his piano trio in the Berlin Philharmonie as well as in Boston and Washington. Together with his string quartet, he has performed at the Brahms Festival in Lübeck and at the Atlantic Festival. As prizewinner of the 27th Competition of the German Musical Instrument Fund, he plays a Genoa 1871 Niccolò Bianchi cello.