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    Graf, Hans (15th February 1949-Present)

    He is a music director and conductor born in Marchtrenk, Austria.  He studied the piano and violin as a child and then entered the Graz Musikhichschule in 1967.  From 1975 to1976 he was the music director of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra and he followed this in 1977 by becoming a coach for the Vienna State Opera.  After winning the first prize at the Karl Bohm Competition in 1979 and being given the post of Director of the Mozarteum Orchester in Salzburg in 1984, where he stayed for 10 years, he gained international acclaim and saw much success in his career.  He has worked with many orchestras throughout the world in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and was the music director of the Orchestra National Bordeaux Aquitaine from 1998 to 2004.  He is currently the Music Director for the Houston Symphony and following completion of his eight-year tenure with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra he has been given the honorary of Music Director Laureate.  In 2002 the French government honoured him by presenting him with the Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Region d'Honneur for "championing French music around the world."


    Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra recordings

    Spanish Rhapsody (Isaac Albeniz)

    CBC 5195 (CD: Nights in the Garden of Spain)

    Conductor - Hans Graf

    Piano - Angela Cheng, piano  



    1. http://www.cpo-live.com/main/biography.php?id=116
    2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Graf









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