Raphaël Mollaret was born in Grenoble and grew up in Toulouse. He moved to Scotland in 2000 to start PhD studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Raphaël began his musical studies at the age of 7 with the organ and the violin at 8. While completing his studies in harmony and counterpoint at the National Academy of Music of Toulouse, he studied composition with Leonid Nirman and musicology at the University of Toulouse.

Raphaël has since conducted a number of choirs and orchestras in Scotland and abroad and has been the conductor of The Edinburgh Orchestral Ensemble since its creation in June 2009.

He has led the orchestra through performances of a diverse repertoire, including masterpieces by Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Bizet, Massenet, Chabrier, Berlioz, Fauré, Ravel, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rossini, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Dvořák, Sarasate and Sibelius to name a few.