Raphael Klayman is a concert violinist whose professional activities have taken him across much of the United States as well as parts of Europe and Asia. He has performed as a soloist with orchestra many times, has given innumerable recitals in venues ranging from The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, to The Palace of Athena in Geneva, Switzerland.
He has also been active as a chamber music performer in such venues as New York's Merkin Hall.
Mr. Klayman has expanded his repertoire in a personal way by making numerous arrangements and has also composed many cadenzas and several short pieces. He is also a dedicated teacher and has been invited to be a guest violin professor in Italy and China.
As an orchestral player he has performed in such groups as the American Symphony Orchestra (founded by Leopold Stokowski) in Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall, and The New York Pops, under the direction of Skitch Henderson. He has worked with top freelance ensembles, often serving as Concertmaster, in various venues in New Jersey, as well as New York's Carnegie Hall. Always specializing in classical music, he has been very active in pop music as well. He has worked with Tony Bennett and Rascall Flatts, and played as Concertmaster for Ray Charles, Regis Philbin and Clay Aiken. He was also invited to perform as Concertmaster for a Broadway tour of Miss Saigon.
A graduate of the Mannes College of Music, his many fine teachers have included Glenn Dicterow, Aaron Rosand and Charles Libove.
Mr. Klayman's solo CD's are on the GuarneriRecords label. He maintains a website at http:// rkviolin.com which includes extensive information, videos and audio clips.