Rafael grew up in showbusiness during the 80s rock scene, obsessing over the music of guitar greats such as Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai and Randy Rhoads. However, at the age of 13 he heard his first piece of classical music, and by the time he was 19 had been accepted into the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music, where he studied classical guitar, as well as the Renaissance and Baroque lutes.
His musical journey over the last 40 years has enabled Rafael to explore virtually every style of music, throughout each century. From the early lute music of Britain and Europe dating back to the 10th Century; the Renaissance and Baroque music of the 14th through to the 16th Centuries; as well as the rock, jazz, blues and funk of the 20th Century.
Finally however, Rafael has returned to his great love of playing Bach. Here he combines all his skills as both a traditional lutenist and 20th Century guitarist, the results of which are delightfully surprising.