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Faculty

Richard Graf

Univ.-Prof. for Music Education/IGP (Faculty of Music Education)
Artistic Major(s): Composition and Music Theory

Artistic and pedagogical education

  • Studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston/USA: theory, composition, arrangement, film music and jazz guitar. Graduation "Summa Cum Laude", 1994
  • Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy (IGP/II Guitar) University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, unanimous distinction, award of the academic degree "Magister artium", 1993
  • Instrumental and vocal pedagogy, state teaching qualification guitar (B/I), 1990
  • Conservatory of the City of Vienna: jazz theory (composition and arrangement), 1990
  • Studies University of Vienna: Musicology, Psychology, 1985-1990

Teaching & Research

Teaching

  • 05/2021 - now Jam Music Lab University for Jazz and Popular Music Vienna, Vice Rector for Teaching and Digitization
  • 2015 - now Donau-Universität Krems, Lectureship for Composition, Jazz Theory
  • 09/2006 - now BISOP - Bundesinstitut für Sozialpädagogik in Baden, contract employee music education, piano, guitar, ensemble/band
  • 03/2019 - 04/2021 Jam Music Lab University, Dean of the Faculty of Music Education and Head of Master Studies
  • 09/2017 - now Jam Music Lab University, teaching position for composition, didactics, ear training etc.
  • 2016: University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Lectureship "Didactics of Composition"
  • 2013 - 2016: PH NÖ - University of Teacher Education Lower Austria, contract teacher for music education, guitar, ensemble.
  • 2010 - 2018 Director of Studies for Composition and Composition Pedagogy (IGP) at the VMI - Vienna Music Institute
  • 1995 University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA. Lectureship for Studio/Jazz Guitar

Research

  • University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, doctoral studies (PhD), dissertation: "Composition Pedagogy" - since 2012

Publications

Artistic publications – CDs, DVDs

  • Otoño, Lisa Rabél, Lira, 2021, Komponist und Co-Produzent: Richard Graf
  • „Cello News“, RICH ART Records (RA 20007), Sept. 2020, Komponist und Produzent: Richard Graf
  • „Comment c’est”, ECM-Records: Michael Mantler, Himiko Paganotti & MAX BRAND Ensemble, Richard Graf: Co-Producer / Artistic Director, 2017
  • „Neue Kammermusik aus Niederösterreich“ mit Ursula Erhart-Schwertmann, Edda Graf, Produzent: Richard Graf, Label: RICH ART Records, 2012
  • BOLLING – marialena & friends, Extraplatte, 2008
  • Vienna Flautists: „Fragmente über Bartok“ für 8 Flöten und Zuspielung, (RICH ART Records, 2002
  • RICH ART - Contemporary Classical Guitar – Richard Graf (RICH ART Records)

Musical publications (scores, editions of sheet music, etc.)

  • Graf, Richard, Gitarre für 2, Bd. 3 für 2 Gitarren und CD, Universal Edition, 2007
  • Graf, Richard, beat it 2 - Latin, Guitar Groove Ensemble (Partituren), Universal Edition, 2004
  • Graf, Richard, beat it - Latin, Guitar Percussion, (Einzelstimmen, Audio-CD, CD-ROM), Universal Edition, 2004
  • Graf, Richard, Weltmusik Weihnachten junior - Ensemble, Universal Edition 2004
  • Graf, Richard, Gitarre für 2, Bd. 2 für 2 Gitarren und CD, Universal Edition, 2003
  • Graf, Richard, Gitarre für 2, Bd. 1 für 2 Gitarren und CD, Universal Edition, 2001
  • Graf, Richard, Weltmusik Ensemble: Irland, Partitur und Stimmen + CD), Universal Edition, 2000
  • Graf, Richard; Filz, Richard, Weltmusik-Ensemble: Kuba, Partitur und Stimmen + CD), Universal Edition, 2000

Scientific publications

  • Weikersheimer Gespräche zur Kompositionspädagogik / herausgegeben für die Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland von Matthias Schlothfeldt und Philipp Vandré.Komponieren in der Musikschule – Gespräch mit Richard Graf. Regensburg, ConBrio, 2018
  • Graf, Richard; Nettles, Barrie: Die Akkord-Skalen-Theorie & Jazz-Harmonik (Neuauflage), SCHOTT Music, Mainz, 2015
  • Graf, Richard, „iPod & Co versus Entschleunigung (in) der Musik“, 2006, veröffentlicht in: Musikerziehung April/Juni 2007
  • Graf, Richard: „gitarre.at/school“ In: Warum nicht Musik?! Wege zu Mensch und Gesellschaft. AGMÖ-Publikationsreihe Bd. 24 (S. 298-299), Bozen / Wien 2002
  • Graf, Richard; Nettles, Barrie: The Chord Scale Theory & Jazz Harmony, ADVANCE Music, 1997
  • "Pedagogical Aspects of Teaching and Learning Jazz Improvisation", Richard Graf, IAJE Publications, Manhatten, USA, 1997

Further work experience

  • Leiter des MAX BRAND Ensembles seit 2012
  • Richard Graf Trio, 2002-2004
  • Leiter des Rich Art Ensembles, seit 1995
  • Zahlreiche nationale und internationale Gastvorträge bzw. Workshops an Universitäten, Hochschulen und Konservatorien in: Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, Bremen, Essen, Osnabrück, Lockenhaus, Salzburg, Wien, etc.

Prices, awards, miscellaneous

  • 2022: Awarded the Golden Decoration of Honor for Services to the Province of Lower Austria.
  • 2014: Composition scholarship of the bka
  • 2013: Artist in Residence - musik aktuell in Lower Austria
  • 2012: Nomination for the Lower Austrian Milestone 2012
  • 2011: Maecanas recognition award (in cooperation with Berndorf AG) for the music project HEAVY JAZZ with the Jugend Jazzorchester NÖ.
  • 2009: Award "Projekt Europa" for DVD "Textil-Musik"(production, music. overall direction)
  • 2008: InLOT Award (In the Lab of Tomorrow) of the bmukk
  • 2008: EUREGIO Innovation Award 2008 (Division: People and Culture)
  • 2006: Cultural Award of the Province of Lower Austria for Music (Composition)
  • 2004: Vienna Symphony Orchestra Composition Scholarship (City of Vienna)
  • 2002: Prize winner of the Konrad Bayer Competition with the composition: "Tenjo
  • 2000: Winner of the Jeunesse-Competition "Find It - Innovative Ideas for Music Education" with the project "netcomposing - New Media and Young Music
  • 1999: Promotion Award of the Province of Lower Austria for Music
  • 1998: Theodor-Körner-Prize for Science and Art (Division: Composition)
  • 1995: Prize winner at the jazz competition in Fullerton/USA, prize: invitation to the Montreux Jazz Festival
  • 1993: Appreciation Award of the Federal Ministry of Science and Research for special artistic achievements

HONORARY POSITIONS, ACTIVITIES

  • Since 2011 Head of the national competition "Jugend komponiert" (prima la musica) and chair of the jury
  • 2009 - 2019 President of the INÖK - Interest Group of Lower Austrian Composers: Numerous performances of Lower Austrian composers at home and abroad. Tours, festivals: Denmark, Faroe Islands, Germany, Hungary, etc. CD productions, symposia.
  • Founder and artistic director of the MAX BRAND Ensemble, first Lower Austrian ensemble for New Music.
  • Initiator and director of the international MAX BRAND Composition Prize: Honorary Patron Friedrich Cerha (with the kind support of the Berndorf Private Foundation), 2020
  • Initiator and director of the "Tage der Neuen Musik", 2012
  • 2014 - 2020 Member of the Board of the Austrian Composers' Association (ÖKB).