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The Munich-born Maria Graf
was exposed to Bavaria's rich tradition of folk music at a very early
age, subsequently taking up music as a child and later entering the
Musikhochschule of her native city. She completed studies in Munich
with Ursula Lentrodt, and later in Paris with Pierre Jamet. An early
recipient of numerous prizes and distinctions she quickly developed a
large international career, which meanwhile has taken her around the
world establishing her as one of it's leading harpists.
Her broad repertoire includes the full range of original music
written for her instrument beginning with the 17th century Spanish
masters, the preclassical and classical concertos through to the
virtuosic romantic masterworks, especially of the French School, and
contemporary compositions by Gubaidulina, Takemitsu, Lutoslawski,
Henze, Dennissow, and Yun among others.
Her numerous appearances as a soloist have included engagements with
the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the
Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the Salzburg, Berlin and
As a chamber musician, Maria Graf regularly collaborates with such
partners as Irena Grafenauer, Giora Feidman, Eduard Brunner, Gidon
Kremer, Ana Chumachenko, Tabea Zmmermann, Gerárd Caussé,
Gustav Rivinius, the Cherubini and Rosamunde Quartets, as well as with
internationally renowned singers Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Thomas
Quasthoff, and Juliane Banse.
Her wide experience as an orchestra musician dates from her time as
Principal Harpist of both the Berlin (under Herbert von Karajan) and
Munich Philharmonics (under Sergiu Celibidache).
In 1988, Maria Graf was appointed Professor of the Hamburg Academy
of Music, and in 1997, she was appointed Professor at the Hochschule
für Musik Hans Eisler in Berlin.
Among the various CD recordings she has made, her Solo Album on the
Philips label deserves speical mention. The programme includes only
music of the French masters and has received unanimous critical
acclaim. John Duarte, expert critic of The Gramophone wrote,
„Simply the best harp playing I have heard in a very long time!"
Other recordings for the Philips label include music by Bach, the
Mozart Concerto with Irena Grafenauer and the Academy of St.
Martin-in-the-Fields under Sir Neville Marriner, and a Duet Album for
flute and harp (also with Irena Grafenauer) containing French romantic
music. For EMI, Orfeo and Koch-Schwann Maria Graf has recorded an album
with Reichardt Lieder (featuring Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau), the
Lutoslawski Double Concerto (with Eduard Brunner), and
„Nachtlieder" by Matthus (with D. Fischer-Dieskau and the
For German television several video productions have been filmed with Maria Graf, among them a one-hour special portrait, a Christmas concert with James Galway, and a solo programme filmed in the historic Schloß Friedrichsfelde near Berlin.
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