Rafael Kyrychenko, winner of many important international prizes, was born in the Azores Island and began his studies at 5 years old with his mother, Cristina Pliousnina. Rafael, since his early ages, showed a great admiration for music, and having grown into a family of musicians, aided the beginning of his studies and professional development leading to his first prize at the age of 8, in his first international competition in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Since then, he has travelled internationally achieving numerous prizes in Denmark, Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Estonia, San Marino, Cyprus and also in the United States. He has participated in masterclasses with world renowned teachers such as Philippe Entremont, Dmitry Bashkirov, Sergei Edelman, Vitaly Samoshko, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, Michel Béroff, Artur Pizarro, among others.
Rafael performed in prestige halls such as the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Teatro Baltazar Dias, Genebra Congress Hall, Salle Cortot, Palau de la Música Catalana, Sala Suggia da Casa da Música, Centro Cultural de Belém, Auditória da Fundação Gulbenkian, Charlottenborg Festsal, Flagey Studio 1 and 4, among others.
Along with his solo recitals, Rafael has also performed under the baton of world-renowned conductors such as Mikhail Jurowski, Philippe Entremont, Andris Poga, Joseph Swensen, Michael Schønwandt, Jordi Francés, Cesário Costa and Rui Massena. Having finished his studies in the Professional Course in the Madeira School of Arts, and also the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth under the mastership of Maria João Pires, he achieved the Bachelor’s degree in the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with Great Distinction, under the mastership of Prof. Daniel Blumenthal. In 2019, Rafael was in the Imola Piano Academy with Prof. Leonid Margarius, and since 2021 he was accepted in the prestigious Escuela Superior Reina Sofia under the mastership of Prof. Milana Chernyavska.
Freja Højland HøjSoprano
Matias VestergårdComposer, Artistic Consultant
Sophie HaagenMezzo soprano