Graf closed the 2016 Chamber Music Series, organized by SODRE, at the Nelly Goitiño Auditorium. A full house greeted his program of works by Debussy, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and others with a prolonged standing ovation.
Enrique Graf performed two recitals at the University of Guelph and at the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society in Ontario, Canada, November 17 and 18, 2016. As usual, he was warmly received by a large and appreciative audience.
The Friends of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia presented Enrique Graf in the annual performance of the Christopher Ballew Memorial Concert. (Photo at the Day Chapel of the Gardens).
The endowed series brings noted authors, lecturers, musicians and exhibitions to the State Botanical Garden, University of Georgia in celebration of the beauty and splendor of nature.
Haydn’s Concerto No. 11 for piano and orchestra followed, with Graf in top form, with a perfect mechanism in the service of a subtle musical intelligence. He knew how to communicate Haydn’s message, avoiding overloading or overflowing, with an exact dynamic gradation and a sober expressive force. Graf also did not forget to emphasize the intimate side of the composer with admirable lyricism in the Adagio where the clear balance of the piano joined the” tutti “in moments of profound musicality. Then came Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra by Cesar Franck. Graf approached his part with a clarity and simplicity in the purest Franckian spirit. Among the outstanding qualities of the soloist are privileged memory, diaphanous fingering and phrasing, his precise concept of the dynamics and structure of the work as well as his tight control of sound balance. Complete review here.
In conjunction with his appearance with the SODRE Symphony Orchestra and presented by the Jose Garramon Foundation, Graf worked with students and teachers at Teatro Solis.
He likes to share his knowledge and experience by offering master classes wherever he performs.
The performance will take place Saturday July 23 at the National Auditorium Dr. Adela Reta in Montevideo (Photo).
The OSSODRE will be conducted by Martin Garcia and the program starts with Debussy’s Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune and ends with Ravel’s La Valse. In between Graf will be soloist in Haydn’s D Major Concerto and Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra.
The concert will be broadcast on Radio Clasica at 6:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Enrique Graf will be giving a masterclass in Montevideo on July 9 & 10.
For more information please go to this link (in spanish).
Although Graf retired from teaching he keeps up with his former students. These are some of the ones he saw in the past two weeks:
Ashish Thakrar is finishing up Medical School at UPenn
Adam Jaffe has a private piano studio in Atlanta
Chee Hang See just got his MM at CIM and will start teaching at CAM
Lanzo Luconi teaches in LA and directs the Costa Rica Piano Festival
Micah McLaurin is at Curtis and was just awarded the Gilmore Young Artist Award
Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 9:30 PM at Hotel L’Auberge in Punta del Este. Graf will perform works by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Villa-Lobos, Gershwin and Tosar.
More information http://www.mozarteumuruguay.org/
In Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4, Graf again demonstrated his unique pianistic talent , offering a version that coupled equal interpretative virtues with total technical mastery of the instrument. Graf’s performance was unsurpassable because expressiveness reigned throughout the work. Furthermore, his sound and the use of the pedals were remarkable. The clarity of form, the clean playing and the high artistic level that prevailed in every movement captured the public that listened with rapt attention. More here.