BIOGRAPHY

Andreas Graf was born in Basel, began playing the Cello by the age of eight and quickly drew attention to himself when winning in a competition at the local music school. Later on he was a first prize winner of the Swiss National Music Youth Competition giving his debute concert by the age of 15. Andreas studied with Prof. Peter Hörr in Berne (Hochschule für Musik) obtaining his professional music diploma. Shortly after that he was bestowed with the Cultural Award of the city of Thun. He continued his studies with Prof. Michael Sanderling in Berlin and in Frankfurt am Main (Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst) concluding his studies with the Soloist Diploma in 2007. Other major influences came from artists such as Janos Starker, Wolfgang Boettcher, Ralph Kirshbaum and Gustav Rivinius.

Andreas appeared as soloist with different orchestras throughout Europe. He has worked with the Swiss Chamber Orchestra, the Nürnberg Symphony, the Jena Symphony, the Kiel Philharmonic and has been performing concerts in various chamber music formations in Europe and Asia. Together with his cousin, violinist Elena Graf, and German pianist Isabel von Bernstorff he has formed the Conte Piano Trio that has been awarded with the first price in the ninth chambermusic competition of the Polytechnic Society of Frankfurt am Main.

In 2007 Andreas played in the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra on a temporary basis, participating in concerts at the Lucerne Festival and the Beijing Music Festival. Since 2007 / 2008 he is a member of the Berne Symphony Orchestra.

Andreas has helped out as guest principal cellist in various orchestras and has been performing concerts at international music festivals. He has worked with musicians such as Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Peter Hörr, Natalie Chee, Keisuke Okasaki, Anna Reszniak and many others. Furthermore, Andreas has been involved in various CD productions and recordings for radio. He successfully appeared as soloist in the first public performance of the concerto for Cello, Guitar and Orchestra by Swiss composer Jost Meier in Switzerland. This concert was recorded and broadcast by Swiss national radio DRS2.

Andreas has various other interests. Simultaneously to his musical engagement he has studied business and media at the University of Berne and obtained his Master's degree in 2005. Besides that he is seriously interested in film making and film directing and has completed an intensive course at the New York Film Academy since.