Masterpieces and Latin Miniature Treasures
Mr. Graf will perform compositions by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Gilardoni, Mores, Fabini, and Tosar.
Enrique Graf was born in Uruguay and is also an American citizen. After winning all national competitions in Uruguay, he went to the Peabody Conservatory to study with Leon Fleisher on a full scholarship from the Organization of American States.
First Prize winner in the William Kapell International Piano Competition, Graf has given recitals all over the world and has been a soloist with the Baltimore, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Florida, New York, West Virginia, Illinois Symphonies, the National Chamber Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, the Moscow Philharmonic, and the orchestras of Ukraine, Czech Republic, Chile, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.
An all Poulenc CD with the Charleston Symphony was a pick of the month by the Sunday London Times. Other recordings of Bach Suites, Mozart Sonatas, Liszt Sonata, Variations by Bach and Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and concertos by Beethoven, Grieg, Hart and Gershwin have received such praise as "ideal performances" (Fanfare). He gave the world premiere of Florencia Di Concilio’s and Edward Hart’s Piano Concertos and recorded for Naxos a Concerto by Leonardo Balada.
Graf received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Teaching from the Peabody Preparatory. At the College of Charleston was awarded the Distinguished Research Award and named University Artist in Residence. He was also Artist Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University and has given master classes at such renowned institutions as Yale University, Oberlin and Eastman Conservatories, the Shanghai and Seoul Conservatory and the Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy. He has been on the jury and his students have won many national and international competitions. He is Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival Internacional de Colonia (www.FestivalColonia.org).
The New York Times described one of his appearances as "a triumph, in all respects" and The Washington Post has called him on different occasions "memorable, elegant, masterful, and refined".