Hans Graf

Appointed music director of the Houston Symphony in 2001, Hans Graf concluded his tenure in May 2013 and is the longest serving music director in the orchestra’s history. Prior to his appointment in Houston, he was the music director of the Calgary Philharmonic for eight seasons and held the same post with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine for six years. He also led the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra from 1984 to 1994. He first conducted the Vienna State Opera in 1981 and has since led productions in the opera houses of Berlin, Munich, Paris and Rome, among others. He 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 première recording of Zemlinsky’s opera Es war einmal, and the complete orchestral works of Dutilleux. He has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government for championing French music around the world, as well as the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria.