Rafael currently performs on the;
RCP – 576bc Bb Clarinet
RCP – 575A A Clarinet
RCP – 570C C Clarinet
"For many years I played the most well-known and popular clarinets in Mexico and around the world. I have always sought balanced resistance in all registers of the clarinet, so when I learned about Ridenour Clarinet Products in 2018, my curiosity made me want to experiment with their clarinets. At that time, I was playing in the pit for Les Miserables and I went for long periods without touching my RCP Bb, but when I picked it up again it was as if no time had passed, the tuning was always right, and the color was always harmonically pleasing. I've used Lyrique clarinets for everything since 2018, chamber music, symphony orchestra, and soloist work. They have never let me down. I am happy to recommend Lyrique clarinets."
Rafael Prado Durán was born in the city of Villa de Álvarez, Colima. He received his first music theory and clarinet classes at the age of nine. Later he continued his training at the University Institute of Fine Arts (Colima) where he completed a degree in Technical Arts with a specialty in Music. Rafael is a graduate with Special Mention from the School of Life and Movement Music of the Ollin Yoliztli Cultural Center in Mexico City and holds a Master's degree in Artistic Interpretation (Clarinet) from the Porto Polytechnic Institute, Escola Superior de Música Artes, and Espectáculo Portugal.
He has performed in the main concert halls of Colima, Teatro Ocampo in Morelos, Sala Hermilo Novelo and Silvestre Revueltas of the Ollin Yoliztli Cultural Center, Sala Xochipilli UNAM, Sala Blas Galindo, and Sala Nezahualcóyotl in Mexico city. Other performances include the Festival México Mágico 2009 that takes place in the south of France, Príncipe Felipe de Asturias Auditorium, as part of the student recitals at the International School of Music, Estoril Music Week, as a participating student in the clarinet class, Castelo de Paiva International Clarinet Festival 2013 in Portugal, the 4th European Clarinet Congress in Katowice, Poland and Clarinet Fest Madrid 2015.
He was the principal clarinetist of the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil del Estado de México.
He has been a guest clarinetist in the Philharmonic Orchestra of the National Autonomous University of Mexico OFUNAM the Symphonic Orchestra of ESMAE Oporto, Portugal, the Yucatán Symphony, the Ónix ensemble, Cepromusic, the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City.
He is currently a member of the Quinteto de Alientos from Mexico City.
In Mexico he premiered the Karol Kurpinski clarinet concerto in its transcription for Symphonic Band with the Ensemble de Alientos from Mexico City. He was a soloist with the 2013 SONORO Festival Orchestra in the city of Cuernavaca, under the baton of Rodrigo Macías. He made the world premiere of the concert for clarinet and orchestra "Bosquejos sobre un duelo de cañas" by distinguished Mexican composer Arturo Márquez.
He has participated in master classes with teachers: Philippe Cuper, Jonathan Cohler, Michael Rusinek, David Campbell, Kari Kriikku, Manfred Preis, Henri Bok, Antonio Saiote, Víctor Pereira, Piero Vicenti and Florent Héau.
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