HANS GRAF to Conduct An Evening of Mozart Featuring Friday Access Concert and 23-year old Russian Violinist Eugene Ugorski

Style Magazine Newswire | 4/18/2013, 5:58 p.m. | Updated on 4/18/2013, 5:58 p.m.
Opening his final month of concerts as Music Director of the Houston Symphony, Hans Graf will lead the orchestra and ...
Hans Graf

Graf has appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, as well as with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. He was awarded the Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria in 2007 and France’s Chevalier de l’ordre de la Legion d’Honneur in 2002. Maestro Graf and his wife, Margarita, have homes in Salzburg and Houston.

About Eugene Ugorski

Exceptional young Russian violinist Eugene Ugorski has already, at the age of only 23, amassed a wealth of international experience at the highest level.  He has a wonderful technical ease and a youthful exuberance in his playing. His rich dark tone is reminiscent of the old Russian school of violinists and distinguishes him from his peers. 

Following his performance at the 2005 Moscow Easter Festival, Gergiev immediately invited Ugorski to appear with the Rotterdam Philharmonic that season. Ugorski has already performed throughout Western Europe, Russia, Canada, the USA, South America, Australia and the Far East, working with conductors such as Hans Graf, Andrey Boreyko, Roberto Minczuk, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Kirill Karabits, Vasily Petrenko and Robin Ticciati.

Since that time, Ugorski has gone on to work with, amongst others, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Dortmund Philharmonic and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras.

Highlights of recent seasons included debuts with the London Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Vienna Kammerphilharmonie at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Euskadi Orchestra, RTE National Symphony, Malmö Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony and Columbian National Symphony Orchestras, as well as a return to the Rotterdam Philharmonic where Ugorski performed the Stravinsky Concerto stepping in at short notice for Leonidas Kavakos. 

Born in 1989 in St Petersburg, Russia, Ugorski moved with his family to San Diego at the age of five. He began studying the violin at the age of six with Professor Vesna Gruppman and made his orchestral debut with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra at the age of eight. He continues to study with Gruppman, as well as her husband, Igor Gruppman, one of the world’s most respected concertmasters.

About the Houston Symphony

During the 2013-14 Season, the Houston Symphony will be in its 100th year as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $28.7 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 280 concerts for 280,000 people, including 84,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org http://www.houstonsymphony.org/ or call 713-224-7575