Raphael Alpermann is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Berlin "Hanns Eisler". His studies were followed by training and master classes at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. During this time he also had lessons with Gustav Leonhardt and Ton Koopman.
He is a member of the Berliner Barocksolisten and has worked together the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin since its foundation in 1982, where he has performed both as a soloist and member for numerous concerts and recordings. In 1995 he made his debut at the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Claudio Abbado with a concert of Bach and since then has regularly appeared as a guest with the orchestra. He has also worked together with numerous well-known conductors, including as Sir Simon Rattle, Seiji Ozawa, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and has participated in concerts and recordings with Thomas Quasthoff, and Cecilia Bartoli. Concert tours have taken Raphael Alpermann to music festivals around the world and to many of the most important concert halls on all five continents, including Carnegie Hall, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the City Opera in Tokyo, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and London’s Wigmore Hall. He has participated in over 100 recordings, of which many have received awards.
As a conductor, Raphael Alpermann debuted in 2011 with a production of Monteverdi's opera Poppea. Since then he has conducted several major oratorios, including most recently a performance of the Bach Christus-Oratorium at the 2013 Bach Festival in Leipzig.
Raphael Alpermann teaches at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik, giving courses in both harpsichord and chamber music. He has also active in the promotion of young talented musicians, serving as the artistic director of the ensemble Concerto+14 and of the "Bachs Erben" youth baroque orchestra, which he founded in 2005 together with the Kloster Michaelstein foundation. For his work he has received several awards, including most recently the Mozart Prize of the Mozart Society in Saxony.