Over more than 20 seasons with the Seattle Symphony, bassoonist Paul Rafanelli has performed frequently on the orchestra’s Chamber series; he has also performed with the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival and Seattle Chamber Players. He has been a concerto soloist with the Seattle Symphony and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. Before joining the Seattle Symphony in 1992, Rafanelli was a member of the Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra, and played at the Festival dei Due Mondi (Italy) and the Spoleto Festival (U.S.).
Rafanelli has a passion for food and wine and enjoys the culinary riches of the region, and can often be found at local wine-tasting events. He speaks Italian and some German. Other non-musical interests include tending a small vegetable garden, cooking and eating said vegetables, and studying Italian.
Rafanelli is a Seattle native and received his training at the University of Washington, Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. For 16 years he served on the faculty of the University of Puget Sound, where he was the Affiliate Artist in bassoon. His bassoon was made by the Wilhelm Heckel Co. in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1986.
photo © Larey McDaniel