Hans Graf
Photo: Christian Steiner

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has announced Austrian conductor Hans Graf, 70, as Chief Conductor. Graf will assume the role from the 2020/21 concert season, beginning mid-2020.  Graf is succeeding Chinese-American Music Director Lan Shui who stepped down in January 2019, concluding a 22-year career with the SSO. Shui now holds the title of Conductor Laureate.

Graf has served as Music Director of the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the Basque National Orchestra, and the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine. He was most recently Music Director at the Houston Symphony.

On his latest role, Graf said, “When I first came to Singapore, I found an orchestra of international level. Now I am pleased and honoured to be invited to work with them in the future: I feel in them the joy of making music which fuels their assiduous effort to reach ever higher levels, and it will be my goal to lead and go forward with them in this noble passion. Singapore is a metropolis in many ways and also in the arts, and we will expand this importance with pride and commitment — and with our contagious love of great music — for the world and for the music lovers here in town.”

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