from Scotland who began playing at fifteen years of age and attended the
Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, where he
studied under Duncan McTier.
In 1998, he
won the Edinburgh International Double Bass Competition and the Scottish
Bass Trust International Competition, became a Professor of Double Bass at
the Royal Academy of Music, and joined the Philharmonia
Orchestra of London.
with whom he has worked include the Andrusier
Ensemble, the Angel Piano Trio, the Benyounes
Quartet, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Callino
Quartet, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Composers Ensemble, the
English National Opera, Ensemble 360, The Fibonacci Sequence, Florestan, the Gould Piano Trio, the Hebrides Ensemble,
the Leopold String Trio, the London Bridge Ensemble, the London Chamber
Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the Nash
Ensemble, the Northern Sinfonia, the Oare String Orchestra, the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa,
the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sacconi Quartet, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Takacs Quartet, the Turner Ensemble, and the Welsh
The Andrusier Ensemble premiered Hans Rott’s
“Dachs Study in D major” in London, England,
on 21st May 2002.
August 2004, the Gould Piano Trio, along with Graham and other guest
artists, performed Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Septet, Op. 20”
at the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival in St. Andrew’s Church, Northumberland.
pianist Paul Lewis and the Leopold Trio performed Franz Schubert’s “Trout”
quintet at the Chipping Campden music festival in
June 2005. In 2006, they
immortalized it on CD. Other
recordings on which Graham appears include The Choirboys and Mats Lidstrom:
October 2007, Graham and a handful of other instrumentalists participated
in the IMS (International Musicians Seminar) Prussia Cove at the University of Cambridge. Their program included Schubert’s
“Octet” and Albert Roussel’s “Duo
for Bassoon and Double Bass”, which Graham performed with Ursula Leveaux.
Chamber Orchestra appeared at Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh on 17th November
2007 in an eclectic concert that opened with “Music for the Theatre”
by Aaron Copland and included two premieres, “Oxymoron” by Erkki-Sven Tuur and “A
Prayer out of Stillness” by Mark-Anthony Turnage.
2008, Graham was one of several musicians who descended upon The 9th
Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival to perform the
aforementioned “Trout” and Richard Strauss’s “Metamorphosen”.
has become quite a fixture in his repertoire. He and the Kungsbacka
Piano Trio and violist Lawrence Power interpreted the work at Wigmore Hall on 8th November 2008.
2009, he took part in the Kungsbacka Chamber
Music Festival and the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival.
He and pianist
Faith Leadbetter united for a good cause on 28th
November 2009 at Wolverton Manor, raising
consciousness and funds for leukemia research.
Bridge Ensemble delivered a private performance of Gabriel Faure’s “La
Bonne Chanson” and “Piano Quintet No. 2 in C minor, Op. 115”
in Central London on 31st March
2010. They were in the
recording studio just a few days later recording Faure’s music for Sonimage Classics.
The Sacconi Quartet was on hand, along with the Heath
Quartet, to perform the string section of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Concerto
No. 1 for Piano and Trumpet” at Wigmore
Hall as part of the Young Concert Artists Trust’s 25th Anniversary
Gala on 24th April 2010.
June 2010, the “Trout” reared its head again at West Road
Concert Hall in Cambridge,
in order to raise money for the Motor Neurone
Disease Association. The
evening also featured Graham performing the very low bits of Johann
Sebastian Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV
participated in the North York Chamber Music Festival again at All Saints’
Church in Hawsker, Yorkshire,
in August 2010. The program
comprised Beethoven’s “Septet in E flat major, Op. 20”
and Maurice Ravel’s “Introduction and Allegro”.
February 2011, Graham and Piers
Lane, Tasmin Little,
Joan Enric Luna, David Le Page and Paul Watkins
performed the “Trout” at Kings Place in Kings Cross, London.
He was the
special guest of Ensemble 360 on 31st March 2011 when they
entertained at Crucible Studio with selections from Johannes Brahms’ “Hungarian
The Sacconi Quartet appeared at the Sacconi
Festival on 8th May 2011 for Schubert Sunday. This time, the menu did not include
the “Trout”, but his “Octet”, “String Quartet
in C minor D703” (“Quartett-Satz”)
and “String Quartet in D minor, D810” (“Death and the
would get another airing on 20th May 2011, at Queen Elizabeth
Hall in London, this time with pianist Imogen
Cooper and the Takacs Quartet, and on 2nd
July 2011 at the Mill Hill Music Festival, with members of the BBC Symphony
part of August 2011 as an instructor at the Dartington
International Music Festival, where he also gave a recital of Richard
Strauss’s “Prelude to Capriccio”
and John Woolrich’s “Capriccio”
with the Benyounes and Callino