Raphael P.

Raphael P.


Raphael taught privately since he was 13 years and is comfortable explaining any styles at any levels. He is also able to teach through Skype in both English or French.


Performance Degree from Berklee College of Music.  Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music.


Manhattan, NY

Raphael P. is a 27 year old drummer and percussionist currently based in New York City. Born and raised in Paris, France, he started playing drums at age 5, and playing professionally at age 13. At 18, he was awarded the European scholarship to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, where he graduated with a Performance Degree.

Quickly after graduation, Raphael started an international career, playing in world famous jazz festivals such as Montreal (Canada), Baku (Azerbaijan), Paraty (Brazil), Paris (France), Tokyo (Japan), Las Palmas (Spain), Tallinn (Estonia), and venues such as Carnegie Hall (NYC), The Kennedy Center (Washington DC), the Kursaal of Berne (Switzerland), the Apollo Theater (NYC) and more.

Growing up in both European and American cultures, Raphael developed over the years the rare ability to play many musical styles at a high level. As a result, he quickly had the chance to work with many music masters such as Steve Wilson, Bob James, Lee Ritenour, Aaron Goldberg, Marcos Valle, Eric Lewis, Lage Lund, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Francois Moutin, etc.

From 2015 to 2017, Raphael completed his Masters Degree at the Manhattan School of Music in NYC under the wing of the renowned educator John Riley. In 2016, he was awarded a full scholarship to follow the very competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program, led by Jason Moran and Eric Harland at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The same year, he also received a full scholarship to study with Mark Turner and Alex Sipiagin at the “Generations” workshop in Switzerland. He also won the first prize for the “Six Strings Theory Competition” organized by the legendary fusion guitarist Lee Ritenour, with whom he toured during August 2016, playing different festivals in the USA, recording for his next album and finishing with a performance at the Blue Note Tokyo in Japan.