"Philippe Raskin impresses (...), he is a model of radiant authority (...). Everything in our compatriot is solar, generous, committed and under control." (La Libre Belgique)
"Liberated and imaginative (...), both virile and elegant" (Le Soir)
"Raskin breathes life into the piano. Staggering, energetic, stirring, Philippe Raskin doesn’t play the music. He is the Music» (Le Courrier de l'Escaut)
Born in Brussels in 1982, Philippe Raskin very soon devotes himself to music. He starts learning the piano with Aleksandr Friedland, a Russian conductor who introduces him to the world of music. Then Philippe works with Bernadette Malter and Loredana Clini. He also attains several Master Classes with in particular Emanuel Krasovsky, Ralf Gothoni, Zoltan Koccis, David Lively, Pascal Sigrist and Sergei Kouznetsov.
At the age of 16, he starts studying at the Royal Conservatorium of Brussels in the class of Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, with Burchard Spinnler as deputy teacher. The very same year, he obtains his first degree with honours. He then joins the Queen Elisabeth College still with Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden and graduates with the highest honours, while getting his Master's degree at the Brussels Conservatorium. Afterwards he enters the "Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia" in Madrid where he has worked from 2005 till 2009 with Dmitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martinez Mehner. As early as the first year, he received from H.M the Queen of Spain the "Sobresaliente" price at the Pardo Palace. Since 2010, he also makes a Specialisation at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg with Amy Lin.
Philippe has won several national and international competitions. In 1996 he wins the first price at the J.S. Bach in Brussels. In 1998, he wins the A.M. Gretry in Liège. In 2000 he gets the "Concert Diploma" from the unanimous jury of the International Piano Competition in Paris. In 2002 he wins the Lions Club Competition in Brussels. In 2004 Philippe is supported by the Nany Philippart Foundation. In 2005 he wins the first prize at the International Andre Dumortier Competition. In 2007 his performances at the International Queen Elisabeth Competition earn him unanimous praise both from the media and the audience.
Philippe regularly performs solo, with chamber music and with orchestra in Belgium and abroad. He played at the Centre for Fine Arts and at Flagey in Brussels, at the Singel and at the Elizabethzaal in Antwerp, at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, at the Bulgari Hall in Sofia. At the invitation of the Chopin Academy in Warsaw he played in the house where the composer was born. Philippe regularly plays with orchestra, notably the Philharmonic Sofia Orchestra with Dian Tchobanov, the Flemish Radio Orchestra with Pierre Bartholomée, deFilarmonie with Olari Elts, the Music College of Tournai with Philippe Gerard, the Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia with Paul Goodwin, the Sturm und Klank Orchestra with Thomas Van Haeperen, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Malaga with Manuel Valdivieso and Symfonie Orkest Vlaanderen with David Angus.
(Source : www.philipperaskin.com)