Pictures at an Exhibition

25 & 26-3-2016
Fri & Sat 8PM
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall

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Hans Graf

Known for his diverse repertoire and creative programming, distinguished Austrian conductor Hans Graf is one of today's most highly respected musicians. Music Director of Houston Symphony since 2001, he has previously led the Calgary Philharmonic for eight seasons, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine for six years, and the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra from 1984 to 1994.

Recent and upcoming North American engagements include appearances with Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Boston, San Francisco, and Vancouver symphonies among others. He made his Carnegie Hall début with Houston Symphony in 2006, and in 2010, they returned to give the New York premiere of The Planets – An HD Odyssey, featuring high definition images from NASA accompanied by Holst's The Planets (also released on DVD). Most recently, they participated in Carnegie's Spring for Music festival 2012.

International appearances include the Vienna and London Philharmonics, Vienna Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Sydney Symphony . In 2012, Mr. Graf led Houston Symphony to perform in Moscow at the Festival of World Symphony Orchestras.

Mr. Graf has participated in such prestigious festivals as the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Aix en Provence, Tanglewood, Aspen and Blossom Music festivals. He has also appeared at the Salzburg Festival for twelve seasons. His extensive discography includes the complete symphonies of Mozart and Schubert, the premiere recording of Zemlinsky's opera Es war einmal and the complete works of Dutilleux, among others.

Mr. Graf has been awarded the Chevalier de l'ordre de la Legion d'Honneur in France and the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold in Austria.
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