Hans Graf


Photos by Christian Steiner & Bruce Bennett

Hans Graf served as Music Director of the Houston Symphony from 2001–13 and is the longest serving Music Director in the orchestra’s history. He has also served as the Music Director of the Calgary Philharmonic and the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, and led the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Basque National Orchestras.

Mr. Graf is a frequent guest with all of the major North American orchestras, including the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, and the Boston, San Francisco, St. Louis, Cincinnati, National, Detroit, Dallas, Baltimore, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Colorado, and Utah symphonies, as well as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

In Europe, Mr. Graf has conducted the Vienna and London Philharmonics, Vienna Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, as well as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Royal Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. He is also a regular guest with the Sydney and Auckland symphonies and the Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Seoul Philharmonics.

Mr. Graf has appeared at the Salzburg Festival, the Maggio Musicale, Bregenz, Aix-en-Provence, Tanglewood, the Aspen Music Festival, the Blossom Music Festival, the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, where he conducted the New York Philharmonic in July 2018.

Mr. Graf has recorded for the EMI, Orfeo, CBC, Erato, Capriccio, and JVC labels, and his extensive discography includes the complete symphonies of Mozart and Schubert, the premiere recording of Zemlinsky’s opera Es war einmal, and the complete orchestral works of Dutilleux.

Hans Graf conducted The Orchestra Now on November 2 & 3, 2019.

Bio: June 2019