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Richard Graf

Artistic Major(s): Composition and Music Theory

Vice Rector for Education and Digitalization
Head of Master Studies (Music Education)


  • Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna: Guitar and  Instrumental Pedagogy (Summa Cum Laude)
  • University Vienna: Musicology, Psychology
  • Conservatory Vienna: Jazz Theory
  • Berklee College of Music: Jazz Guitar, Jazz Theory, Arrangement, Film Music
  • University of Southern California: Studies with Joe Diorio

Work Experience

  • Since May 2021: Vice Rector for Education and Digitalization – JAM MUSIC LAB UNIVERSITY, Vienna
  • Since Sept. 2017: Head of the master studies (faculty music education) and teaching position (composition, composition pedagogy, didactics) at the JAM MUSIC LAB UNIVERSITY
  • 2016: Teaching position at University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna: „Didactics of Composition”
  • Since 2015: Lecturer at the Danube University Krems: Composition, Jazz Theory
  • 2013 – 2016: Lecturer at the University of Education (Niederösterreich): Music Education, Guitar, Ensemble
  • 2010: Initiator of the first composition pedagogy study in Europe Europas with federal teaching qualification (Lehrbefähigung)
  • Since 2006: Teaching position at the BISOP – Bundesinstitut für Sozialpädagogik in Baden: Music Education, Guitar, Ensemble/Band
  • Since 1996: Activities as music educator, composer, guitarist, producer, editor and author of publications in music theory and music education.
  • Numerous national and international guest lecturers and workshops at universities and conservatories in: Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, Bremen, Essen, Osnabrück, Lockenhaus, Salzburg, Vienna, etc.
  • 1995: Lecturer at the USC – University of Southern California in Los Angeles (Studio/Jazz Guitar Department)

Concerts & Performances
cooperation with:

  • Gerald Wilson (USA), Shelly Berg (USA), Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, Radio Symphonie Orchester, NÖ Tonkünstlerorchester, Ensemble 20. Jahrhundert, Neue Oper Wien, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Volksoper, Peter Keuschnigg, Thomas Rabitsch, Andre Heller, Maria Bill, Jon Sass (New York/Wien), ELF (USA), The Platters (USA), Doretta Carter, Goldberg Quartett Wien, Superaxe (USA), Marcel Prawy, Bill Ramsey, Daisy Jopling, Kleines Orchester Wien, Peter Herbert, Rüdiger Baldauf, Ronen Nissan, Allegro Vivo, Burgtheater, Mnozil Brass, Barbara Gisler-Haase, Marialena Fernandes, Gus Backus, Akademietheater, NewTon Ensemble, RICH ART Ensemble, Vienna Five, Wiener Glasharmonika Duo, Chris Lohner, Lorenz Raab, Christoph Cech, Andi Haderer, Adrian Mears, Walter Grassmann, Martin Fuss, Lisa Rabél, Michael Mantler, MAX BRAND Ensemble, Franz Koglmann

Artistic Activities & Publications

  • Founder and director of the MAX BRAND Ensemble; Commissioned compositions for several ensembles and orchester; Initiator of the „Tage der Neuen Musik“
  • Editor and author of publications in music theory and music education published by renowned companies as Universal Edition, Advance Music, SCHOTT Music, IAJE Publications Manhatten, Musikerziehung Österreich, ConBrio etc.
  • Citation in over 100 scientific papers.
  • Weikersheimer Gespräche zur Kompositionspädagogik / Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland, Matthias Schlothfeldt, Philipp Vandré. Komponieren in der Musikschule – Discussion with Richard Graf. Regensburg, ConBrio, 2018
  • "Pedagogical Aspects of Teaching and Learning Jazz Improvisation". Richard Graf, IAJE Publications, Manhatten, USA, 1997
  • „The Chord Scale Theory & Jazz Harmony“, Barrie Nettles, Richard Graf, Advance Music, SCHOTT MUSIC, 1997/2015
  • Universal Edition: „World Music – Cuba", „World Music – Ireland", “Guitar for 2”, “beat it – Guitar Percussion”
  • Producer of several CDs, owner of the labels „Rich Art Records“.
  • Co-Producer for Michael Mantler „Comment c’est” published by ECM-Records: Michael Mantler, Himiko Paganotti & MAX BRAND Ensemble

Prizes, Grants & Awards

  • 1993: Honorary Award oft he Federal Ministry of Science and Research for outstanding artistic performance, Merit Scholarship of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Scholarship of the Federal Ministry of Science and Research
  • 1994: Grants der University of Southern California/Los Angeles und der University of South Florida/Miami
  • 1995: Award winner at the jazz competition in Fullerton/USA, invitation to the Montreux Jazz-Festival
  • 1998: Theodor-Körner-Preis for Science and Arts (for composition)
  • 1999: Cultural prize of music by the Land Niederösterreich
  • 2000: Prize holder of the Jeunesse-Wettbewerbs "Find It – Innovative Ideen zur Musikvermittlung" – "netcomposing – New Media and young music".
  • 2002: Prize holder of the Konrad Bayer-Competition with the composition: "Tenjo"
  • 2004: Wiener Symphoniker composition award
  • 2006: Cultural prize for music of the region Niederösterreich
  • 2008: EUREGIO Innovation prize 2008 (Sparte: Human and culture)
  • 2008: InLOT Award (In the Lab of Tomorrow) des bmukk für das Projekt “net-music”
  • 2009: Award „Projekt Europa“ für DVD „Textil-Musik“ (Produktion, Musik. Gesamtleitung)
  • 2011: Maecanas Anerkennungspreis (in Cooperation with Berndorf AG) for the music project HEAVY JAZZ with the Jugend Jazzorchester NÖ.
  • 2012: Nomination for the NÖ Meilenstein 2012
  • 2013: Composition Scholarship by the Bundeskanzleramt
  • 2013: Artist in Residence – „musik aktuell“ in Niederösterreich

Voluntary Activities

  • Chairman of the Austrian national competition for young composers „Jugend komponiert“ (prima la musica)
  • Member of the Österreichischen Musikrats (ÖMR)
  • 2014 – 2020 Board member of the Austrian Composers Society
  • 2009 - 2019 President of the INÖK – Interessengemeinschaft Niederösterreichische KomponistInnen

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