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Raphael Weinroth-Browne

Internationally renowned Canadian cellist and composer Raphael Weinroth-Browne has been celebrated for his emotive and virtuosic playing both on stage and in the studio.

Combining his classical training with a passion for progressive metal and Middle Eastern music, he has defied traditional notions of how the cello should sound and developed a unique artistic voice that has consistently resonated with listeners on a deep emotional level. Throughout the last decade he has explored new and unconventional approaches to cello playing in his groundbreaking groups The Visit, Kamancello, and Musk Ox, releasing many acclaimed albums and performing at esteemed festivals in Canada and Europe, including the Cello Biennale Amsterdam.

In 2016, Raphael was recruited by Norwegian progressive rock icons Leprous. His cello has since been featured prominently on their latest three albums and he has played over 200 shows with them in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. In 2022, he performed with the band at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall and appeared on opening slots for rock heavyweights Evanescence, Devin Townsend, and Apocalyptica.

Raphael has captured the attention of prominent prog and metal artists such as Opeth and Steven Wilson with his innovative cello covers of their songs in his own unique style. His staggering arrangement of Meshuggah’s monumental track “Bleed” is a testament to the vast capabilities of the cello. Raphael’s debut solo album, Worlds Within, was released in 2020 to critical acclaim. A haunting 40-minute piece for amplified cello based around cyclical looped patterns and lush reverb-laden soundscapes, the album weaves together elements of ambient music, post rock, modern classical, and progressive metal, standing confidently alongside the work of similar artists such as Sarah Neufeld, Jessica Moss, Zoë Keating, and Jo Quail. Most recently, he performed the album in its entirety at the National Arts Centre of Canada to a sold out audience.

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