Raphael Haeger

Born in Spaichingen (Baden-Württemberg)

Member since 2004-09-01

“To be part of the Berliner Philharmoniker now means for me trying every day to find the best sound, the strongest impulses and the most beautiful ideas and to connect with the colleagues so that on the evening of the concert the prized spark is transmitted to the audience.”

Raphael Haeger had wanted a percussion set since the age of four, although he although enjoyed playing other instruments, especially the piano. For a long time, the graduate of the Trossingen Staatliche Hochschule für Musik couldn’t decide with which of the two instruments to make his professional career.

His acceptance by the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2004 was the determining factor. Before that, Haeger had been a percussionist in the orchestra of the Mannheim Nationaltheater and artistic director of two jazz concert series. In 2002, as a pianist, he released a CD with his own jazz compositions. Playing the piano is now among his favourite hobbies, along with reading, walking and swimming.

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