Hans Graf


From July 2020, Hans Graf assumes the title of Chief Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. His collaboration with the SSO has been described as “solidly musical” (Bachtrack) and an “inspired partnership” (The Straits Times).

Graf was formerly Music Director of the Houston Symphony (2001–2013), the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, the Basque National Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. He has appeared with most major orchestras in the US and Canada, including a close collaboration with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and many appearances with the orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia and New York. Graf’s semi-staged production of Berg’s Wozzeck with the Houston Symphony won the GRAMMY and ECHO Klassik awards for best opera recording.

In Europe, Graf has conducted the Vienna, London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras; the Hallé, London Symphony, Royal Scottish National, Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, St Petersburg Philharmonic and Russian National Orchestras; the Bavarian, Stuttgart and Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestras, DSO Berlin, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and many others. He is a regular guest with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, the Seoul, Hong Kong and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestras.

A frequent conductor at the Salzburg Festival since 1983, Graf has also participated in the festivals of Bregenz, Orange, Aix-en-Provence, Maggio Musicale, Savonlinna, Tanglewood, Blossom, Aspen, Bravo! Vail, Texas and Grant Park.

Graf has led many performances at the Vienna State Opera since 1981, and at the opera houses of Munich, Berlin, Paris and Rome, among others. Recent productions include Wagner’s Parsifal in Zurich and Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov in Strasbourg. In 2014 he was awarded the Österreichischer Musiktheaterpreis for Richard Strauss’s Feuersnot at the Vienna Volksoper.

Hans Graf’s discography includes all the symphonies of Mozart and Schubert, the complete orchestral works of Henri Dutilleux, and the world-premiere recording of Zemlinsky’s Es war einmal.

Born in Upper Austria, Graf studied conducting with Franco Ferrara, Sergiu Celibidache and Arvid Jansons; and is presently Professor Emeritus for Orchestral Conducting at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg. He is a Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’honneur and was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour of the Republic of Austria.