As a winner of the San Francisco Symphony Young Artist competition,
Christopher Raphael soloed with that orchestra at the age of 17.
Following his studies with Ray Still, he played principal oboe in the
Santa Cruz Symphony from 1982 to 1985 and where he appeared as soloist
playing the Mozart and Martinu concertos.
He held a fellowship to Tanglewood in 1984 and has
played principal oboe in Music from Bear Valley from 1984 to 1992.
Since beginning his serious mathematical studies in 1986, he has
performed less frequently, but with no less enthusiasm, in many
recitals and chamber music performances around the East Coast.
He is currently professor in the Department of Mathematics and
Statistics at the University of Massacusetts, at Amherst.