Sommer, Raphael

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Sommer, Raphael Gender: M
Sommer, Stephan
born on 21 June 1937 at 19:00 (= 7:00 PM )
Place Prague, Czech Republic, 50n05, 14e26
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Starkman
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 29°55' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 05°42 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 15°18'


A cellist, Raphael was one of only a handful of children to survive Theresienstadt concentration camp. He is the only son of the supercentenarian Alice Herz-Sommer. He was sent to the camp with his parents in July 1943; a year later, his father, Leopold, was moved to Dachau, where he died six weeks before it was liberated. Mother and son were billeted in a narrow room with 16 other inmates, but fortunately remained together.

After the war, they reached Israel. A succession of prizes and outstanding debut performances, followed by a season with Rudolf Serkin at the Marlboro festival in Vermont, consolidated his reputation. In 1967, a parallel career as a highly respected teacher began when Raphael took over the cello department of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In 1989, he became professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London, as well as a judge of international competitions.

He died 13 November 2001.


Source Notes

Starkman quotes Melissa Muller and Reinhard Piechocki's biography "A Garden of Eden in Hell" :"The birth itself was complicated and on the end the doctor had to help with the forceps. But finally, at about seven in the evening, Alice delivered a baby boy".


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (cellist)