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League of American Orchestras
In Wheeling Magazine
Black Enterprise Magazine
Pittsburgh Magazine
Black Classical Musicians in Philadelphia


BBC Music Magazine
The Boston Globe
Allgemeine Zeitung Uelzen
St. Louis Post Dispatch Review


10 Memorable Classical Music Moments from 2023.  

The Boston Globe | View Article


Even conductor André Raphel was seen singing along at several points, never missing a beat.  

The Boston Globe | Read Full Review (PDF)


Held together with admirably crisp direction from conductor André Raphel, this is a soul-stirring recording of a bold and timely work. Four Stars!  

BBC Music Magazine


Raphel wound it up with a flourish and the audience cheered and cheered.  

The Buffalo News | Read Full Review (PDF)


Raphel's approach was to accentuate the passions inherent in the music and the many contrasts in the score.  

Bachtrack | Read Full Review (PDF)


An agile, demonstrative conductor who is physically drawn into the music, but who doesn’t get so carried away as to forget to give cues.  

The New York Times


What the Moravian Philharmonic offered under the baton of the American conductor André Raphel at the Theater an der Ilmenau will not easily be topped by anything in the Elbphilharmonie. The man at the conductor’s stand proved that he knows how to lead the orchestra in austere concentration and discipline.  

Allgemeine Zeitung Uelzen | Read Full Review (PDF)


Conductor André Raphel returned to Powell Hall to lead members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in a well-designed program of music informed by an American aesthetic, played for a sold-out house. (His) conducting is clear and precise, exact and energetic, his ideas are well formed. 

Saint Louis Post-Dispatch | Read Full Review (PDF)


It’s what André Raphel  did with the orchestra in that concerto, as well as the other two pieces on the program that made for a nearly unforgettable concert experience. The orchestra sounded clean, crisp and bright throughout. (He) focused on dramatic dynamics, a clear distinction between notes and also between instruments. 

Arkansas Democrat Gazette


(His) conducting gave an excellent sense of Mahler’s kaleidoscopically shifting moods and the work’s deep roots in folk song and dance as well as the composer’s own songs. 

The Washington Post


Under his leadership, the orchestra was transparent, energized and full of shadings that propelled the music. The orchestra’s weight, balanced that of the pianos, and the effect was like chamber music.

The Philadelphia Inquirer


Immediately (he) showed himself to be an intelligent and disciplined conductor, given to a precise beat and cues. It suitably showed why this group (Wheeling Symphony Orchestra) is dominant among the region’s second tier orchestras. 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Read Full Review (PDF)


Maestro Raphel was in clear command. This concert played to a sold-out house. 

Classical Voice of North Carolina


In Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8, his interpretation was robust, but he was never afraid to calm moods and quiet dynamics to impressively subdued levels. 

Houston Chronicle


Under the baton of André Raphel the music’s rhythm had an irresistible momentum and the brilliant sound of the brass easily cut through. (He) made the right choice emphasizing strongly accented themes, and the orchestra responded well to his well communicated wishes with conviction.

The Washington Post