One of the most reputable Austrian musicians, the conductor Hans Graf is known for the breadth of his repertoire and imaginativeness of his concert programme. Born in 1949, he studied conducting with F. Ferrara, S. Celibidache and A. Jansens. The first prize at the Carl Böhm Competition in 1979 was the launch of a conducting career that has included appearances with numerous orchestras, from Iran to Austria and France, most notably the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the latter marking his Carnegie Hall debut in 2006. Graf regularly works with major North American orchestras (he closely cooperates with the Boston Symphony Orchestra), conducts celebrated European, Japanese and Australian orchestras and is highly in demand as a conductor to prominent European opera houses. He participates in various prestigious festivals, and records extensively for several international recording companies.