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Henk De Graaf


photo DeGraafHenkHenk De Graaf, born in Spakenburg, studied clarinet at the Conservatory in Utrecht with Jos d'Hondt. In 1970 he obtained all diplomas with distinction. In 1973 he was awarded the "Prix d'Excellence". In 1975 he was appointed first solo clarinetist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he includes concertos by Mozart and Weber played and continue the concerto Lind Painter during a tour of the American's RPhO.

He also played several years in the Dutch Wind Ensemble and was a member of various chamber music ensembles. One of his projects was a CD recording with Romantic clarinet trios by Mozart, Schumann and Bruch and also he took the clarinet sonatas op.120 Brahms with the pianist Daniel Wayenberg.

Henk De Graaf made numerous CDs. To celebrate its 25th anniversary as a solo clarinetist of the RPhO, a CD was released with the clarinet concerto KV. 622 of Mozart. Also he recorded a CD with chamber music by Weber, Baermann, Crusell and Sphor and made a recording with Clarinet Trios in works by Beethoven, Glinka, Brahms and Zemlinsky, also with pianist Daniel Wayenberg. In 2008, three CDs. With members of the Daniel Quartet took all clarinet quartets Crusell on. Also in collaboration with the Daniel quartet a CD was rekeased with clarinet quintets by Brahms and Mozart. With the Rotterdam Philharmonic Wind Ensemble he made a CD with the Octet Partitas of Krommer.

Henk de Graaf was 25 years Professor of Clarinet at the Academy of Music and Theatre Rotterdam and the Amsterdam School of the Arts. In addition, he regularly gives masterclasses in France.

Henk de Graaf is also active as a conductor and assists the Dutch conductor Jan Stulen in the Dutch Promenade Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders.


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