Raphael Lang, (born in 1990) is a French-American cellist. From the age of 13, he studied at the National Regional Conservatory of Paris with Marc Coppey, Raphael Pidoux and Erwan Faure. After having graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2013 under David Strange, he completed his Masters degree with Mats Lidstrom. He has participated in masterclasses with Truls Mork, Raphael Wallfisch, Robert Cohen, Colin Carr, David Finckel, Christoph Henkel and Valter Despalj. He has been the Principal cello of the Royal Academy Sainsbury Soloists since 2012, and has led the cello section in all the other various orchestras.
As a developing orchestral musician, he has performed with the LSO as part of their String Experience Scheme and has played with the Britten Sinfonia. He has been a full member of the European Union Youth Orchestra since 2013. He also frequently performs in the USA as a soloist and chamber musician.
In 2008 he was a finalist in the Competition Jeunes Talents in Paris. At the Royal Academy, he was the winner of the May Mukle Prize 2011, the David Martin/Florence Hooton Prize 2012 ,the Wolfe Wolfinsohn Prize 2014 and has received the Robert Alva Memorial Prize, the Ruth Waddell Fund Award and the Sir Peter Halling Prize. He was designated a Leverhulme Mentor for the year 2012/2013. Raphael is grateful towards the Shoresh Charitable Trust for generously supporting him during his postgraduate studies.