Piotr Anderszewski
pianist

Jean-Philippe Collard
pianist

Kirill Gerstein
pianist

Horacio Gutiérrez
pianist

Daniel Hege 
conductor

Angela Hewitt
pianist

Steven Hough
pianist

Leila Josefowicz
violinist

Carlos Kalmar
conductor

Eri Klas
conductor

Stephen Kovacevich
pianist

David Lockington
conductor

Louis Lortie
pianist

Ivan Moravec 
pianist

Elmar Oliveira
violinist

Awadagin Pratt
pianist

Thomas Quasthoff
bass-baritone

Peter Serkin
pianist

The Takács Quartet

Christian Tetzlaff
violinist

Maximiano Valdés
conductor

André Watts 
pianist

Hans Graf

conductor

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Biography

June 2004

Known for his intensely musical interpretations of a wide ranging repertoire and creative programming, the distinguished Austrian conductor, Hans Graf, is one of today's most highly respected musicians.

Currently the Music Director of the Houston Symphony, a post for which he was unanimously chosen in September 2000, Mr. Graf completed his eighth and final season as Music Director of the Calgary Philharmonic in May 2003 and concluded a six year tenure as Music Director of the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine in June 2004.

Hans Graf is a much sought after guest conductor in the United States and has led the orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, St. Louis, Baltimore, Dallas and Washington D.C. among many others and participated in this country's prestigious festivals including Blossom, Wolftrap and the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center.  Over the past decade he has developed a close relationship with the Boston Symphony and appears regularly with the orchestra both during the subscription season and at the Tanglewood Music Festival. During the 2004/05 season, Mr. Graf makes his debuts with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, and returns to the St. Louis, Montreal, Cincinnati, Detroit and New World symphonies.

Internationally, Hans Graf conducts in the major concert halls of Scandinavia, France, Italy, Japan and Australia.  He has appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra as well as with the St. Petersburg, Czech and Israel Philharmonics.  In addition, he has participated in such prestigious European festivals as the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bregenz, Aix en Provence, Orange and Savonlinna in Finland and appeared at the Salzburg Festival for twelve consecutive seasons.

An experienced opera conductor, Mr. Graf first conducted the Vienna State Opera in 1981 and has since led productions in the opera houses of Berlin, Munich, Paris and Rome.  His extensive opera repertoire includes several world premieres.

Born in 1949 near Linz, Hans Graf studied violin and piano as a child.  Through his sister and brother-in-law, both fine musicians, he discovered the orchestral works of Debussy, Ravel, Bartok and Stravinsky and began to envision his future as a conductor.  He entered the Musikhochschule in Graz in 1967 from which he received diplomas in piano and conducting.  He continued his conducting studies with Franco Ferrara in Siena, Sergiu Celibidache in Bologna and Arvid Jansons in Weimar and Leningrad.  In 1975-76, Mr. Graf was the Music Director of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra in Baghdad and he began coaching at the Vienna State Opera in 1977.  His international career was launched in 1979 when he was awarded first prize at the Karl Bohm Competition.  He was appointed Music Director of the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg in 1984, a post he held for ten years.

 

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