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Rafael Kuerti

Rafael Kuerti

Cello, Hip Hop and Recording Instructor

Son of Juno-award winning classical Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti, Rafael was born and raised in downtown Toronto. Having displayed natural ability to play the cello from a very young age, Mr. Kuerti began teaching extremely young, and despite only being 32, has been instructing for over 15 years. Rafael comes directly from a lineage of Master Cello players, and teachers – students of the late Janos Starker – widely regarded as one of the premier cello teachers this century.  Kuerti’s renowned Canadian teachers include: John Kadz, Shauna Rolston, Simon Fryer, Mihai Tetel and Kristine Bogyo. Rafael has vast orchestral and chamber music experience and has appeared professionally in hundreds of Orchestras and Chamber groups across Canada, and Europe.

Rafael is well-known among the International hiphop community as "Rumplestiltz The Hiphop Cellist".  His band "Babylon Warchild" has become an International success in the underground – with albums selling over 10,000+ units and has performed on hip-hop stages at concerts and festivals across the world including the US, Canada, China, Malaysia, Korea, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Greece, Czech, Slovakia, Netherlands, Belgium, and many more.   Rafael has performed and shared the stage with artists such as Big Daddy Kane, Afrika Bambaataa, Xzibit, ONYX, R.A. The Rugged Man, Rahzel, Loop Troop, Planet Asia, Snowgoons, Reef The Lost Cauze, Chief Kamachi, Bizarre (of D12), Lord Lhus, Saukrates, Choclair, Snak The Ripper, Wordsworth, PackFm, as well as many others.

As a Hip-hop producer – Rafael has had the chance to produce and engineer recording sessions/songs for some of hip-hop’s greatest artists such as: The Gza (of Wu Tang Clan), Sadat X (of Brand Nubian), Starang Wondah (of Boot Camp Clik), Wordsworth (of Lyricist Lounge), Tragedy Khadafi (Of Queensbridge), Stic Man (Of Dead Prez), Chief Kamachi (Army of the Pharoahs), and more.

Rafael has 2 cellos: A Luis & Clarke Carbon Fibre Cello with an electric pickup (Rafael is partially sponsored by Luis & Clarke for his work in hiphop music / advertisement of the cello at Babylon Warchild shows.)  Rafael Kuerti's primary instrument is a Canadian cello made by award winning cello-maker Raymond Schryer.

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