Rafael Howell

Viola, Violin Teacher

Rafael Howell

SAA Member


Renton, WA
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Rafael H. Howell was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. He started his musical studies at Conservatorio de Castella where he earned his high school diploma and an honorable mention in violin performance. In 2002 he won the Monroe Scholarship to study at Loyola University New Orleans, violin and viola. In 2005 due to hurricane Katrina he got relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he concluded his undergraduate viola performance degree and then earned his Masters in Music Performance at University of New Mexico. Rafael has played in numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles including The World Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, San Juan Symphony, Ensamble Tarrazú and The World Orchestra Soloists. Now established in Seattle, Rafael is a member of Northwest Symphony, Rainier Symphony and also works as a Teaching Artist for Seattle Symphony and Arts Corps as well as a violin coach for Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra.