7 September 2022 – Rafael Velasco with Simón Pazos Quintana

Recitals Australia Presents

Lunch Hour Series
Tynte Street, North Adelaide

Rafael Velasco

Rafael Velasco, cello
Simón Quintana, piano

Purchase Tickets

Wednesday 7 September, 2022
at 12.30pm
for approximately 50 minutes


Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb/1
i Moderato
ii Adagio
iii Allegro Molto

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
i Allegro, ma non tanto
ii Scherzo. Allegro Molto

Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119
i Andante Grave

25’ | 15’ | 11’30”

Rafael began his music studies as a pianist, but later opted to play cello when he was seven years old. He has studied ever since with Ruth Saffir. He enjoys listening to and comparing different interpretations of cello pieces, such as by famed cellists Mischa Maisky and Jacqueline du Pre. Rafael has won competitions on cello, and performs frequently as a soloist and ensemble musician. A Year 9 music scholar at Concordia College, he is also a member of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and the Adelaide Youth Orchestra String Quartet. Rafael has given numerous public performances with Recitals Australia and Junior Ensemble Musician.

Simón obtained his Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the Elder Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Stefan Ammer. In May 2018, he performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 (“Emperor”) with the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro James Lowe. Later that year he was awarded the 2018 Peter Schodde Memorial Piano Scholarship which facilitated him travelling to Germany, Austria and England, and playing for highly respected professors and performers to further his technical abilities and musicianship.


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