Who? Me? Yes me!

Who am I?

I am a French artist. I've been a professional harp player for many years and am now heading towards a career as a web developer. As much as I love to play music in front of an audience and touch people's hearts with my compositions and free improvisations, I love to connect to people by coding. I love to sit down and write code. It used to be dirty code at first, but it is more and more heading towards elegance and simplicity. If I consider myself (still) as a beginner web developer, I do have great ambition, a strong work ethic and the willingness to constantly grow.

My aspiration is to learn to create great applications that are simple, functional, beautiful and fun to work with. Together in an uplifting team of developers.

That's why I just moved to Tampere, Finland in September 2018 actively looking for an internship and a job as a web developer. I think that you Finns have one of the best mix of innovative work culture, high technological standards, and the drive to deliver and to create value for others. That's where I feel my new home is. I'm here to serve!

My values are about respect, caring and service. I value differences and openness. I am more for collaboration than competition, except when it is used as a constructive and stimulating way. I believe anybody can learn, grow and reach their dreams. I am optimistic and am cultivating gratitude on a daily basis. I love to challenge myself, exercise courage and discipline, and also grow in love and patience. I cherish natural medicine, healthy food, exercise (I love running, yoga and kettlebell) and contact with nature.

I've been together in love with Chintana, my Finnish girlfriend for almost 10 years now and we have a beautiful 6 year old boy together called Elian who just started to go to the Steiner kindergarten in Tampere. We are happy to settle now in Tampere and eager to meet new people here.

Learn about my journey
Raphael Pinel

Versatility and constant updating



  • advanced HTML5
  • advanced CSS3, responsive design, flexbox, CSS grid, animations, SASS
  • Good level of Javascript, ES6 (loops, variables, arrays, functions, DOM manipulations, ajax, etc), jQuery
  • Learning React and ReactNative
  • including and using libraries: Bootstrap 4, Fontawesome, Google fonts, creating custom fonts and icons.


  • OOP PHP7 and Symfony 4: strong base: routing, controllers, CRUD, multilingual sites, security and authentication, mailing, custom templates, creation of an admin interface/CMS, setting up a search function, custom query with the Doctrine ORM or SQL, use of the command line.
  • SQL language: good knowledge, custom queries
  • node.js with express: beginner. Comfortable with npm packages and the command line (unix based)
  • Wordpress: setup and configuration, database management, phpMyadmin, plugins
  • eCommerce : Woocommerce, Zencart
  • daily use of git

Graphic Design

  • Photoshop : Good level. Editing of photos and logos, optimisation for web.
  • InDesign : creation of flyers, posters, CD covers

Audio & Video

  • Good audio and studio skills: Recording with Logic Pro X or Ableton Live, mixing, EQ, effects, basic mastering, arrangement and composition.
  • video capture, video editing with Final Cut Pro X: mixing different cameras, subtitles, audio sync, upload to youtube or Vimeo

Hosting and Network

  • FTP and SSH configuration
  • domain name registration, nameservers
  • cpanel
  • .htaccess editing, forwarding
  • mail client configuration
  • basic knowledge of local networks, IP address, setting up network printers and workgroups, Mac and Windows

Soft skills

  • Languages: Very good level of English spoken + written (C1), French (mother language), German (lived 10 years in Germany, University certificate C1), Finnish: good conversational level B1-B2
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Team work, openness to share, collaborate, honesty, heart centered
  • Positive attitude, solution oriented
  • Capacity for hard work, focus and discipline.
  • Love for learning, growing, allowing mistakes
  • Strive towards excellence, doing a good job, attitude of service.
  • Good stress management. Taking breaks, breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques, Qi-qong.
  • Resourceful, taking initiative



I started to build websites in 2004. Back then I was creating HTML and CSS websites from scratch. I then later added PHP and Javascript functionalities. From 2013 on I've been setting up Wordpress websites. In 2018 I went deeper into Javascript/ES6, jQuery, ajax, and built backend web applications using OOP PHP and the Symfony 4 framework. I am currently learning React, React Native and Node.js and will add more projects here soon. Altogether I have built almost 30 projects. Here are some of them. Click below to sort them by technologies.

Presence of the Heart

Presence du Coeur

Conception and realisation of a multilingual wordpress website for my partner Chintana Seppä, who is a practitioner in Craniosacral Biodynamics, an excellent massage therapist and a dance therapy workshops leader.

  • Choice, installation and configuration of a wordpress premium theme
  • Configuration of the multilingual plugin (WPML) for three languages
  • Hosting and domain configuration
  • Setting up a business Facebook page
  • Newsletter solutions with Mailjet
  • Security, https and SSL certificate setup with Cloudflare
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Trio Melido

Trio Melido

Conception and realisation of a HTML5/CSS3 multilingual website for a German jazz trio I was part of. 2018 : update, responsive design, cleaner design and code.

  • Site initially created in 2004, radically transformed in 2004 and again in 2018.
  • 2018: responsive navigation based on Bootstrap 4
  • 2018: multimedia content now streamed with Soundcloud and Youtube to replace the obsolete Flash technology
  • 2018: Transformation in a one-page site in order to allow the user to keep listening to music while discovering the other contents of the site.
  • 2018: Adaptation of navigation with Javascript
  • 2018: upgrade of the CSS styles
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Rhein River Guesthouse

Rhein River Guesthouse

Realisation of a multilingual website with HTML/CSS/PHP for a bed & breakfast near Cologne, Germany.

  • Website Structure including headers, footers, navigation with PHP includes, languages choices
  • SEE Optimisation SEO through content and links
  • Successful Google Adwords campaign management. Despite a tough concurrence in the area and the difficulty to be referenced by Google, we managed to generate 40000 Euro of income the first year and 60000 Euro the 2nd year. This was due to a targeted cost-effective advertisement strategy I was leading.
  • Maintenance and site update 2006-2009
  • Image size Optimization for better performances
  • Teamwork
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Conception et realisation of a Wordpress site for an Original jazz world trio (harp trumpet, percussions) I am part of, based in Aix-en-Provence, South France

  • Logo and design creation
  • Choice, installation and configuration of a premium One Page theme allowing users to listen to music while reading other content.
  • Configuration of specialised plugins notamment pour the events calendar, audio player, contact form
  • Hosting and domain name configuration
  • Photo editing with Photoshop and image size optimisation.
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Thomas Hamann

Sculpture by Thomas Hamann

Conception and realisation of a trilingual website in German/English/French hard coded in HTML/CSS/PHP for the German sculptor and paintor Thomas Hamann. Thomas was a very good friend of mine and an internationally recognized artist who was regularly having exhibitions in an important art gallery in Paris.

  • Site created in 2010
  • Photo gallery with javascript plugins
  • Creation of a slideshow on the welcome page, originally with flash, replaced by HTML5 in 2018.
  • Dropdown navigation with javascript plugins.
  • Dynamic include of header, footer and navigation with PHP.
  • Creation of the banner with Photoshop based on a sculpture, including links for changing language.
  • Email addresses in the Contact section are ASCII encoded to prevent spam.

Update Aril 9th 2018 : Thomas or "Tom" as we used to call him left us yesterday, taken by a cancer. I am touched by his beauty that we can perceive in his art and grateful to have been his friend. He was a man with a big heart and depth of being. All my thoughts of gratitude and love are flying towards him. He lived a good and fulfilled life and made people happy around him. I and all those who knew him will always remember him.

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Flow Fine Art

Flow Fine Art Gallery

Realisation of a multilingual website in HTML/CSS for our community art gallery near Cologne, Germany

  • Creation, maintenance et site update 2006-2009
  • Teamwork with designers and artists.
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How did I become a web developer?

My journey


Born in 1975 in a musicians family in Cherbourg, Normandy, I've been surrounded by music since even before my birth. I did frequent trips to Ireland with my father as a child, where I discovered a passion for traditional Irish music. I learned the tin-whistle, the concertina, the Celtic harp. I got early experience of playing in front of an audience by playing on the street with my father as a teenager. Later I also took jazz piano lessons, learned the basics of drums, oriental and afro percussions and the trumpet to later focus on the harp, playing my own compositions: meditative music, improvisation, Latin jazz, Afro-Celtic adventures.

I've always been a fast learner, I had good grades at school in almost every subject. I developed early on the skills to know how to get resources as an autodidact and to take charge of my own learning journey. With a strong rational mind, I did a scientific baccalaureate (mathematics and physics) in 1993 and had high grades in English and German as well. I then studied music and got a university degree in music. I won awards and prices as a harp player and improviser.

Music has brought me both a sense of rigorous structured and disciplined thinking and an openness for intuition and creativity. I developed good team playing and communication skills, knowing how to listen and to bring emotion together.

Raphael Pinel playing the harp in concert

Lots of travels...

Focusing on playing my own compositions on the harp I travelled the world. I played in international jazz festivals with different bands. With a natural talent for languages, I've been living in different coutries: my first 22 years in France, then 3 years in Canada, 10 years in Germany, then back to France, to finally move to Tampere, Finland in September 2018. I became fluent in English and German and got a basic conversational level of Finnish since when we met with my Finnish girlfriend 10 years ago. I've been travelling through all Europe: the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Italy, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland... and outside Europe: around 6 times to India, 3 years in Canada, to the USA, South Korea and Australia.

These frequent travels have deeply expanded my mind, have brought me an openness for people, a respect for differences, a strong sense of communication and good listening skills. I am practicing and deepening my English skills daily by constantly researching, actively learning with video courses, podcasts, youtube, which is really coming handy for web development of course, and for finding just any resource on any subject, aspiring to keeping myself on the cutting edge and connecting everywhere to meaningful people.

Arunachala Mountain, India January 2018

My beginnings of web development

In 2004, living in Cologne, Germany, I attempted to build my first website as a professional harp player. 2005-2009 I joined the open sky house community, a meditative and artistic community, where I met a mentor, Lin Fuchshuber, who had been a lead senior developer at web.de, one of the biggest portals in Germany. She coached me to build websites from scratch using HTML, CSS and the basics of PHP and Javascript and taught me the best practices. Soon I became webmaster of the community websites, did set up an e-commerce with zencart for openskypress (our book publisher company), developed a website for our guesthouse, (including managing a strong google adwords campaign which was really successful), then for our seminar business, our art gallery, followed by websites for other fellow musicians and artists, a sculptor, a photographer, a therapist, a recording studio, my local martial art school...

I soon became fluent in finding online resources to achieve any goal, be it to encrypt an email address, include a gallery with jQuery, a navigation in PHP or configure a payment gateway. I've enjoyed more and more these challenges that constantly require me to learn, adapt and grow.

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When my father died: my new career choice

In January 2018 my father died and this started a questioning of my career path. As a retired music teacher and violin player himself, he was supporting myself financially and encouraging me to focus on my music. Even though I've been enjoying touching people's hearts with my music, I didn't have enough concerts to sustain myself and my family financially with music only in a stable way, especially now that so much music is available for free. And I prefer to keep music as independant as possible from financial pressure. So I was looking for an alternative career path.

One idea strongly made sense and opened my heart: To become a professional web developer. I had some skills and experience, I just needed to dive more deeply and focus more. As trained as I was in finding online resources, I took courses in Udemy to put myself up to date with the current state of technology, starting with The Web Developer Bootcamp by Colt Steele, Modern React with Redux by Stephen Grider, The complete guide to Angular 6 by Maximilian Schwarzmüller, The complete Javascript Course: build real projects by Jonas Schmedtmann et Advanced CSS & SASS by Jonas Schmedtmann.

Then I decided to do a 5 months full-time training at the IMAGE Training Center in Nîmes, South France. My experience of webdesign and frontend development allowed me to take directly the backend course. I went deeply into SQL, PHP, the Symfony framework, Javascript, and scratched the surface of Node.js. I just successfully completed my exams in August and as of September 2018 I am actively looking for a company where to do my required 7 weeks internship in order to get my certification as a full-stack web developer (RNCP level III, which is equivalent to Baccalaureate + 2).

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