Born to musician parents, Raphaëlle grew up in surrounded by jazz, destined to be an artist. She started her career at the age of 17 by recording an album with Floris Nico-Bunink (Mingus, Billy Holliday) under the label Daybreak.
Her studies began at the Poitiers Conservatory in France where she studied the piano. She then went to further her education in Jazz Performance studies in France (Niort Conservatory, Strasbourg Conservatory, Paris XI Conservatory and Nantes Conservatory) and in Canada (University of Montreal).
She then received a full scholarship from Wesleyan University to learn from renown master of Carnatic music, Taiko, Balinese dance and gamelan, Ghanian dance, along with the improv classes of Anthony Braxton.
Her knowledge of different styles and genres all feed into her improvisation lending to her unique personality on stage.