You started playing the cello when you were four years old. When did you decide to become a professional musician?
Raphaela: During a masterclass when I was 14. I was the youngest one there, and I suddenly had the feeling that… music grabs me and affects me so much, and I’ve already come so far… that this just had to become my career. From that day on, I was suddenly really excited for the first time. And I knew: if I do this, then it has to be with my whole heart. And with this wholeheartedness came responsibility, because I’m the medium who communicates the ideas that the composer wrote into his notes. I have to play the music for my audience as it was intended.