Raphaela Danksagmüller is an Austrian-born multi-instrumentalist who lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
She is a virtuoso recorder player and has branched out to other wind instruments such as the duduk, the kaval, and the fujara. Raphaela is also an accomplished singer.
Her deep fascination with traditional wind instruments led her to studying the Armenian duduk with Gevorg Dabaghyan in Yerevan, Armenia. She is considered the leading duduk player for contemporary music in the Netherlands and beyond.
As a soloist and member of various ensembles she has toured extensively in Europe, Asia and the United States.
Raphaela is a member of Ensemble Zerafin, renaissance-ensemble Mezza Luna and the Atlas Ensemble. She has been a guest musician of the Nieuw Ensemble, the Netherlands Winds Ensemble, Silbersee, the Residence Orchestra, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, the Netherlands Ballet Orchestra, the Bratislava Opera Orchestra and has performed during the Salzburger Festspiele.
She has won awards from the International Recorder Symposium in Germany, the Early Music Festival in Brugge, and the International Gaudeamus Competition.
The purity and direct emotional appeal of the instruments in her arsenal are her greatest inspirations in music. Her love for theatre and singing add yet another layer to her sparkling musical versatility.