Beginning his professional career as a guitarist at the age of 12, Raphael Rabello made his first recording in 1976 and at thirteen was invited by Paulo Moura and Arthur Moreira Lima to join their group. He appeared with them at Lincoln Center in 1977.
He toured with Paulo Moura to France, Portugal, Argentina, and throughout Brazil, and when he returned, Oscar Castro-Neves introduced Raphael to the studio world, beginning a prolific recording career. In ten years, Mr. Rabello's participation in the work of both Brazilian and internationally known artists, summed over 700 records'including albums by Milton Nascimento, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ivan Lins, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Chico Buarque, Paul Simon, and Dionne Warwick. Raphael appeared in many international jazz music festivals and in concert halls around the world, including the Gaveau in Paris, and the Scalia of Milan. Both Raphael's solo projects and his collaborative works have achieved popular acclaim in Brazil, with one of his albums receiving Brazil's prestigious Sharp Primeiro award for 1993.
Raphael passed away in 1995, a few months after recording his final solo album "Cry, My Guitar" for GSP (GSP 1010CD).