The Ébène Quartet cellist has been appointed to the strings faculty at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München
Raphaël Merlin, cellist of the Ébène Quartet, has been appointed to the strings faculty at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München in Munich, Germany. According to the conservatoire’s website, the 38-year-old will take over half a professorship for string chamber music in October. As well as performing with the Ébène for the past 18 years, Merlin is also a conductor and composer, and has been a regular cello teacher at the Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatoire in France.
Among his many activities, Merlin is an arranges of classical, jazz, tango and folk music, plays in a duo with the guitarist Kevin Seddiki and is involved in experimental projects. He gives regular masterclasses in chamber music at the CNSM Paris, American Arts Schools in Fontainebleau, at the universities of Stuttgart, Freiburg and Houston, and at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Before joining the Ébène, from 1997 to 2002 Merlin was the pianist in the Wildflower Quartet, and still sometimes plays jazz concerts from the piano.