“He is a virtuoso accordionist, with him even the most difficult music seems easy. His transcriptions for solo accordion of classical pieces for various instruments are extremely interesting. His research and projection in the contemporary repertoire for accordion are also remarkable” ( Marcello Appignani – EuroClassical Director)
Raffaele Damen graduated with honours as accordionist from the Conservatoire Rossini of Pesaro, Italy under Paolo Vignani. He then studied at the Folkwang Universität der Künste of Essen, Germany with Mie Miki, at the Italian Accordion Accademy with Claudio Jacomucci and at the Conservatoire Santa Cecilia of Rome with Massimiliano Pitocco.
He won prestigious accordion competitions such as: Premio Civardi Val Tidone, Stresa, PIF Castelfidardo, Luigi Nono, Premio Abbado, Piove di Sacco and others.
He has been invited in various theaters and music festivals in Italy and abroad such as: Accademia Filarmonica Romana, RAI-Radio3 Suite, Italian Cultural Institute in Amsterdam, Accordéons-nous in Mons, PIF Castelfidardo, Sarzana Opera Festival, Società Filarmonica di Trento, Teatro Rossini in Pesaro, Teatro Lauro Rossi in Macerata. His performances were broadcasted by Rai1, Sky, Tv8.
With FORM – Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana he performed as soloist the Gubajdulina’s Fachwerk conducted by Daniele Rossi and as orchestra member the complete Mahler symphonies conducted by Manlio Benzi.
He organized in 2019 with the pianist Roberta Pandolfi the first edition of Fossombrone Classica concert series. In the same year he recorded for Stradivarius the album Find Him with musics by Danilo Comitini. His first solo album is scheduled for release in december 2020 for Da Vinci records with a program entirely dedicated to minimalistic music works.
Several contemporary composers dedicated original works to him such as: Sonia Bo, Mario Totaro, Paolo Giaro.