Hans Graf, currently Chief conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, former Music Director of the Houston Symphony from 2001 until 2013 and now the orchestraʼs Conductor Laureate, also served as Music Director of the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg (1984-94), the Basque National Orchestra (San Sebastian) (1994-96), the Calgary Philharmonic (CPO) (1994-2002), and the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine (ONBA) (1998-2004).
He has conducted the leading American orchestras (Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Saint Louis, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Detroit, among others) and over the past two decades has developed a close relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In Europe, Mr. Graf has conducted the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, the Concertgebouw, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and the major orchestras of France and Scandinavia.
He also appears frequently at major European Festivals (Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, Maggio Musicale, etc.) and conducted at the Vienna State Opera and the opera houses in Munich, Paris, Rome, and Zurich. Mr. Grafʼs discography includes the complete symphonies of Mozart and Schubert, the complete orchestral works of Henri Dutilleux and the premiere recording of Zemlinsky's opera “Es war einmal”.
With the Houston Symphony, he recorded Bartók's ‘Wooden Prince’, Zemlinsky's ‘Lyric Symphony’, Mahler's ‘Lied von der Erde’, and Alban Berg's ‘Wozzeck’, which was awarded the ECHO Klassik prize in 2017 and the GRAMMY in 2018 for Best Opera Recording.
Among his most recent CDs are the complete works for Viola and Orchestra by Paul Hindemith with Tabea Zimmermann and Deusches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Carmina Burana by Orff with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Hans Graf studied piano and conducting in Graz, in Siena with Franco Ferrara, in Bologna with Sergiu Celibidache, and in Leningrad with Arvid Jansons.