Conductor and Composer
Music Director of Regensburg University
Graham comes from Dorset in South England. He studied conducting with George Hurst, piano with James Gibb, composition and musicology in Cambridge and opera-coaching at the London Opera Centre, before winning a British Council scholarship to study the Janáček operas with Frantíšek Jílek in Brno. His career as opera conductor brought him engagements in Prague, Ústí-nad-Labem, Nuremberg, Hanover, Hildesheim and Oldenburg. On the recommendation of his former teacher Jílek, he was appointed Opera Director and Principal Conductor of the Janáček Opera in Brno, where his new production of Wagner’s Flying Dutchman and his Janáček performances won particular acclaim.
Since 1995 he has conducted the Regensburg University Orchestra (www.ur.de/musik) in Austria, Belgium, Holland, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy and the Czech Republic as well as in Regensburg and the surrounding towns. During this time he also made several appearances as guest conductor in Germany, in the Czech Republic and in the USA. In 2001 he founded a festival for contemporary music in Kallmünz which presented the überBrücken festival in Regensburg in 2010. In 2003 he was named Universitätsmusikdirektor and in 2006 he was awarded the university’s Pro Arte prize. In 2004 he founded the University Chamber Orchestra, consisting of advanced students and professional musicians. This ensemble has also appeared in Berlin and Prague and has made CD-recordings for the Spektral label (www.spektral-records.de). In 2010 he founded the ensemble RUBIO, which specialises in baroque performances. Several other ensembles have also appeared under his guidance.
Since 1991 he has returned to composing, especially music theatre. The chamber opera Prometheus has already been staged twice – in Český Krumlov and in Regensburg. Excerpts from Don Gil, a comic opera based on Tirso de Molina, were performed in Hildesheim in 2012. A third chamber opera, Graham’s Anatomy, was staged as part of the festival überBrücken in Kallmünz in 2010 and a fourth Der Kontrahent in Regensburg in 2013. The two last-named feature the instrumentalists on stage who act out the drama using their instruments only as does the miniature Auftritt, which was first performed in January 2014.
Two collections of choral music – Christmas a cappella and Hallelujah – were published in 2001 and 2002 by Bärenreiter (www.baerenreiter.com) and Twenty Tiny Fingers for piano duet in 2002 by Bosse. More collections have appeared since. Two Latin Masses and the orchestral pieces Threnody and Chanticleer have received several performances since 2002 and The Bumps, a concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra (2009) has already been performed twice. Two Chapters (2014), the passion story from St. Mark’s gospel for singer and 11 instruments, has just been performed in Regensburg.