Background

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Richard Graef, assistant principal flutist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1968, joined the faculty of Northwestern University School of Music in 1989.  He has frequently appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as acting principal flutist, and has enjoyed featured solo performances both at Orchestra Hall and at the Ravinia Festival, as well as other orchestras and ensembles. He is a specialist in baroque flutes and baroque repertoire.

In 1988, Mr. Graef was awarded a Grammy Award as “Best New Classical Artist” for his Chamber Music recordings with the ensemble, “Chicago Pro Musica”.  In 1986, Richard and his flutist wife, Emily, founded the “Galena Chamber Ensemble” performing regularly in historic Turner Hall in Galena, IL. Currently the Graefs continue Chamber Music concerts with the “Juliani Ensemble” at the Chicago Cultural Center, and other locations  in the Chicago area.

Shortly after the reunification of Germany, Richard was one of several international flutists chosen to perform in the premier concert of the newly re-opened Sanssouci Palace of Frederic the Great in Potsdam, Germany.   Mr. Graef played a recently rediscovered sonata of Karl Phillip Emanuel Bach, repeating the original performance at the same location in the 18th Century.

Graef received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University School of Music. He also studied at the Mozarteum Academy of Music in Salzburg, Austria, where he earned a Certificate.

For more information, visit the web site for The Flute Studio of Northwestern University.

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