'deep engagement with the expressive potential of his instrument that distinguished his recital…maturity beyond his 21 years'
Neil Fisher, The Times
Rafal studied classical accordion at the Royal Academy of Music he has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, King’s Place, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Symphony Hall (Birmingham) and the Carnegie Hall, New York. He has worked with ensembles including BBC SO, Royal Opera House, Aurora Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Chroma, Rambert Dance Company, Riot Ensemble and with many contemporary composers creating new repertoire for classical accordion. In 2015 he released his debut solo CD with the pieces for accordion and electronics. He is also a prizewinner of competitions in Poland, Lithuania, Switzerland, Slovakia, Italy, and the UK.
Rafal is a keen chamber musician, and in 2011 he recorded a CD with works by Bach and Piazzolla with cellist Hau-Eun Kim for Universal Music Korea. His accordion & viola ensemble Duo van Vliet is about to release a debut CD with music of Dowland, Britten, Hosokawa, and Gavin Higgins on Orchid Records.
Rafal has taken part in masterclasses with leading musicians including: Friedrich Lips, Matti Rantanen, Mika Vayrynen, Claudio Jacomucci, Vojin Vasovic. He worked with such conductors as a soloist and orchestral musician: Valery Gergiev, Pierre-Andre Valade, Baldur Brönnimann, Michael Boder, Nicholas Collon, Christopher Austin, Ernst Kovacić, Szymon Bywalec. His performances were broadcasted on BBC Radio 3 and Polish Radio 2.
For his achievements Rafal was awarded scholarships from Minister of Culture in Poland, Crescendum-Est Polonia Foundation, Solti Foundation, Craxton Foundation. Rafal plays a Pigini Sirius Millenium accordion, made on special order and purchased with the help of Ministry of Culture in Poland and Royal Philharmonic Society.