The former Music Director of the Houston Symphony, Austrian conductor Hans Graf is one of today’s most highly respected musicians and is recognised for his intensely musical interpretations of a wide range of repertoire and creative programming.

In a distinguished career, Hans Graf has held the positions of Chief Conductor of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Calgary Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National Bourdeaux Aquitaine. In 2002, Hans Graf was awarded the “Chevalier de l´Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur” by the French government for championing French music around the world - his recording of the complete orchestral works of Henry Dutilleux with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine for BMG/Arte Nova pays testament to this accolade.

Hans Graf conducts the major orchestras of the USA on a seasonal basis including regular visits to Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh orchestras. Over the past fifteen years Hans Graf’s relationship with the Boston Symphony has especially developed and he appears regularly with them both in the season and at the Tanglewood Music Festival.

In Europe, Hans Graf has also conducted major orchestras including Vienna Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Philharmonic Orchestra St. Petersburg, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.

In 2009/10 he will conduct the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, and he returns to the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg. In the USA he continues his cooperation with the St. Paul Chamber and the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, DC. He will enjoy these collaborations with soloists including Radu Lupu, Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt and some rising young stars including Antoine Tamestit, Kirill Gerstein and Ingrid Fliter.

As an opera conductor, Hans Graf first conducted the Vienna State Opera and has since then led productions in the opera houses of Berlin, Munich, Paris and Rome. Most recently he conducted Tristan und Isolde (Opéra National de Bordeaux), Parsifal (Zurich Opera) and Boris Godunov (Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg).

Born near Linz, Hans Graf musical studies began with violin and piano. He studied in Italy, Germany and Russia with Franco Ferrara, Sergiu Celibidache and Arvid Jansons. His career was launched in 1979 when he was awarded first prize at the Karl Böhm Competition.

Hans Graf´s discography includes the complete symphonies of Mozart and Schubert and the premiere recording of Zemlinsky´s opera Es war einmal and the aforementioned Dutilleux recording. He has also recorded for EMI, Orfeo, Erato, Capriccio, JVC, CBC, and Naxos.
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