New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble Sybille Werner, Music Director and Conductor
10/10/2006 - For immediate release
New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble
Sybille Werner, Music Director and Conductor
Sunday, October 15, 2006, 3 pm
Julia Richman Auditorium
317 East 67th Street (at 2nd Avenue)
Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor
Soloist: Steven Graff
Piano courtesy of Bösendorfer, New York
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Pathetique
Admission: $10 suggested donation at the door
Since his concerto debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has appeared nine times, the American pianist Steven Graff has been the recipient of numerous distinguished awards and glowing critical praise. Mr. Graff was born in Chicago where he began his musical training. A string of scholarships led to studies at The Juilliard School where he received Bachelor's and Master's Degrees as a Petschek scholarship awardee, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The Graduate School of CUNY.
Steven Graff is at home on stage, over the airwaves and in the classroom. His appearances on the Nickelodeon Channel and the QE2 enlightened audiences with his interpretive performances, and recent tours of Norway, Japan, Italy, Israel and in cities across the U.S. have thrilled music-lovers everywhere.
A sought-after recitalist and chamber musician, Graff has performed at Weill, Zankel and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Lang Recital Hall and the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, Merkin and Alice Tully Halls in New York City and his performances have been broadcast on New York radio stations WQXR and WNCN, and Chicago's WFMT.
A champion of new music, Graff has premiered and recorded contemporary works, most recently on the Capstone label. Having studied with Adele Marcus, Beveridge Webster and Herbert Stessin, and performed in master classes for Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler and Misha Dichter, Graff often leads his own master classes at colleges and universities. He recently participated in Hawaii's 2006 Aloha International Piano Festival where he gave master classes and was presented in a solo recital.
Steven Graff currently serves on the piano faculty at New York's Hunter College where he directs the Chamber Music Program. He is also Head of the Piano Department at the Diller-Quaile School of Music.