Raúl Traver

With a network of Artist Centres and Ateliers around the world, Yamaha works with leading players to support their performances and develop instrument designs and new ideas for the benefit of all musicians. Yamaha Artists share with us a passion for inspiring the next generation of players, and a belief that everybody should be encouraged to nurture their talent, connect with others and tell their stories through music.

Get to know Yamaha Artist and Clarinet Player Raúl Traver

When did your relationship with Yamaha begin?

I had always heard about Yamaha clarinets but my relationship with Yamaha started in 2020. From the very first moment I have been treated exceptionally well. The guarantee of professionalism can be perceived from the first moment and the personal treatment is really fantastic, a great family.

How does your instrument help you in your daily life as an artist?

My clarinet gives me exceptional sound quality and stability. These are very important characteristics for any clarinettist that I have not found in any other instrument. Its timbre, intonation and sonority are unique, allowing me to practice professionally in the best conditions.

How would you characterise your instrument?

As I said before, its timbre and tuning are really outstanding, but without a doubt the sound quality of the Yamaha Artist Model clarinet is the perfect ideal of clarinet sonority, warmth, definition, projection and homogeneity.

Who was your most influential teacher and is there any advice which you still follow?

I have been fortunate to have had magnificent teachers and to have worked with exceptional artists. I remember my teacher Michel Arrignon with special affection.

Of course, great teachings are always lasting.

Advice for a young musician:

Every musician is a unique diamond in the rough who has to find his or her own voice, for that it is essential to believe in oneself, always with intelligence and humility.