Violinist Raquel Cravino was born in Covilhã and started her musical studies at the Covilhã Conservatory, when she was five years old. Later, she attended the Escola Profissional de Artes da Beira Interior, where she studied violin with António Oliveira e Silva.
In 2002, Raquel graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra (ANSO) in the studio of Professor Ágnes Sárosi. She also holds a Master’s degree in Pedagogy under the guidance of Aníbal Lima from ANSO / Lusíada University. She has participated in several violin and chamber music masterclasses with Joyce Tan, Sergey Kravchencko, Angelique Loyer, Gerardo Ribeiro, Augustin Dumay, Boris Kuniev, Jan Dobrelevky, Vladimir Ovcharech, James Dahlgren, Gilles Apap, and Alexandre da Costa.
Raquel has a strong interest in Early Music and has studied Baroque violin with Enrico Onofri, Richard Gwild, Vittorio Ghielmi, Francesca Viccari, and Chiara Banchini.
In recent years, she has performed with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa and Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras and participated in several Early Music projects with Casa da Música’s Baroque Orchestra (Porto), Flores de Música, Músicos dos Tejo, La Nave Va, and Capela Real.
Since 2002, she has been a violin faculty member at Conservatório de Música da Metropolitana and Escola Artística de Música do Conservatório Nacional. She is a founding member of the Quarteto Arabesco.