Rafael was born in Lisbon and lived in the Azores (Portugal) most of his childhood. He started playing the guitar at the age of 13, when his father taught him some chords. After concluding a BA in Biology he dedicated himself entirely to music and writing.
He studied jazz guitar for a short period and then pursued studies in classical composition, completing a BA at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa in 2008 and a MA at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2010.
His main musical influences are Bossanova, Portuguese folk music, Jazz and Classical-Contemporary music – an eclectic mix, reflected in his own music.
Rafael has worked as guitarist, composer or orchestrator in many projects, collaborating with some of the most important Portuguese and Dutch artists, such as Carlos do Carmo, Ana Moura or the Netherlands Blazers Ensemble. In 2011 he starts performing consistently as lead singer or solo instrumentalist, promoting the Portuguese guitar. In 2014 he released “Mysteries of the Portuguese Guitar” (Silvox Records).
The Rafael Fraga Quartet was created in 2015, with the main purpose of playing Rafael’s original material, culminating in the recording of the album “Trova Caminhada” (TRPTK) in July 2017.
Rafael loves history, photography and flea markets. He lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and plays football every Saturday.