Graf Richard

General Information

Year of Birth:  1967
Date of Birth:  5. May 1967
Place of Birth:  Wiener Neustadt
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It is no secret that it is difficult to live on composing alone. But there are also other reasons to combine the creation of musical works of art with other activities. Because often one task requires another.

One of these versatile personalities can be found in Richard Graf, who creates musical events as composer and interpreter as well as chairman of the INÖK and teaching music. The musical styles that flow into his compositions for both professional musicians and pupils are just as diverse as the Lower Austrian's professional field of activity.

Education

PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

first lessons

focus on music

instrumental education

jazz theory

musicology

contemporary music, composition

1990

diploma thesis "Die E-Gitarre im Instrumentalunterricht" ("The Electric Guitar in Instrumental Music Education")

1990

certified teaching degree

1993

diploma IGP/II (instrumental and voice education) with distinction, "Magister Artium" (Master of Arts)

1993 - 1994

postgraduate studies in jazz theory, arrangement, film music and jazz guitar

1994

graduation "summa cum laude"

Activities

PeriodActivityOrganisationLocation
1995

University of Southern California: teacher

1996

since then: work as a freelance composer, arranger, producer, guitarist and author

1997

Computer Music Festival eXstatic, Australia: Austrian representative

1997

Conference of the International Association of Jazz Educators, USA: presentation on music education and jazz improvisation

1998

since then: publishing activities

1999

initiator and co-founder of the music festival

2000

publisher of WORLD MUSIC - Cuba, Ireland (co-author Richard Filz)

2001

International Conference for Music Education: guest lecture

2001

producer of the CD "New Aspects of Cutting Wood", together with Macheiner, Barnert, Filz (contemporary music and jazz)

2002

co-founder, together with Jon Sass and Richard Filz

2003

International Artists Symposium "Nine Dragon Heads": participation

2003

Landesmusikakademie Berlin: guest lecture

2004

guest lecture and workshop direction

numerous performances, among others with the Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Ensemble 20th Century, Lower Austrian Tonkünstlerorchester, New Opera Vienna, RICH ART Ensemble, NewTon Ensemble etc.

Vienna State Opera, Volksoper, Burgtheater: musical activities

Performances (Selection)

PeriodPerformanceCompositionOrganisationLocation
1997

Computer Musik Festival eXstatic, Australia

1998

performances throughout Europe: compositions inspired by works of Arthur Schnitzler: "Die Luft ist wie Champagner"

1999

world premiere of "auf der flucht" (program: Kunststücke)

2001

Computer Music Festival (SICMF): invited by the Korean Electro Acoustic Music Society

2001

Festival Musica Danubiana, Slovenia

2003

installation Mediapark

2003

portrait on the programme "Zeitton"

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)

commissions focusing on chamber music, computer music, choir music, solo pieces

2001

Symphonic Orchestra Göttingen

2002
2003

Weber Trio Vienna

2004

Vienna Five

Awards

PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation
1993

work scholarship

1993

promotional scholarship

1993

recognition award for outstanding artistic achievements

1994

University of Southern California, Los Angeles und University of South Florida, Miami: awards for extraordinary musical achievements

1995

Jazz Contest in Fullerton/USA: Second Prize, invited to the Montreaux Jazz Festival (with the band Superaxe)

1998

Theodor-Körner-Award for Science and the Arts (composition)

1999

CeBit 1999, Hannover: prize winner with music for the computer animation "Dancing Baby"

1999

cultural award for music

2000

prize winner of the idea competition "Find It": netcomposing - music for young people

2002

Konrad-Bayer-Contest: prize winner

2003

scholarship for composition

2004

scholarship for composition

2006

Lower Austrian Cultural Prize for Music (Composition)

2009

Price and award for "Textil-Musik" in "Project Europe"

2011

MAECENAS recognition award for the project "Heavy Metal"

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