Raúl Fauré began his musical studies in violin in Puerto Montt, Chile. While a student at Catholic University of Chile, he began studying viola with Enrique López, and was a member of the Chamber Orchestra of the Music Institute. He was invited by the Dean of the Music Institute to be part of the IMUC (Catholic University Institute of Music) String Quartet in Residence at the University. With this Quartet, he premiered numerous South American pieces and performed throughout Chile.
Raúl was also a founding member of the Sur String Quartet in Santiago, Chile; and a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile for five years prior to moving to the United States.
Raúl has performed for Chamber Music and Solo Master classes with the Tokyo String Quartet, the Aurin String Quartet (Germany), Christoff Poppen (Germany), Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Edgar Fischer, Atar Arad (former violist of Cleveland String Quartet), Sidney Harth and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra such as Randolph Kelly, Isaias Zelkowicz, David Premo, and Jeff Turner among others.
He received a Performance Residency Program Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999 under full scholarship, studying with Maestro Atar Arad (www.atararad.com). He also holds a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University, where he studied with Randolph Kelly (www.randolphkelly.net), Principal Viola of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist, Raúl has performed Sinfonia Concertante by Mozart and Trauermusik by Hindemith with the Chamber Orchestra of the Alleghenies, and Romanza by Bruch with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra where he was principal viola for 8 years. He presented a residency and lecture with the internationally renowned Chilean Composer Gustavo Becerra Schmidt.
Raúl currently is member of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, subs with the Erie Philharmonic and Ohio Valley Symphony, and has an intense teaching schedule in Pittsburgh. He has extensive experience performing Chamber Music, and was invited to be a member of the Duquesne University Graduate String Quartet for two years performing in the metropolitan Pittsburgh area, and is a founding member of the Fauré String Trio. Recently Raúl was hired as a viola teacher at Washington & Jefferson College and serves as violist for the Litton String Quartet in Residence at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, IUP.
His viola was made by Patrick E. Higgins in 2007 in Cincinnati, Ohio - USA.