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Larry Graham

Larry Graham

Pianist Larry Graham's superb performances have garnered acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Winner of the coveted "Prize of the Public" by overwhelming vote at the Queen Elizabeth Concours in 1975, Graham was also the top-ranked American in this, the oldest, most prestigious and grueling of all international competitions. Le Soir of Brussels lauded Graham's popularity as "significant and encouraging", hailing the exceptional musicality, charm, and genuine feeling that accompanied his masterful playing. Other international successes followed as in 1977 at the Arthur Rubinstein competition in Tel Aviv. In 1986, he closed out his brilliant competitive career with First Prize at the McMahan international Music Competition.

Larry Graham has subsequently played over 35 different concerti in performances with orchestras both here and abroad; There have been numerous solo engagements as well. After hearing him, Paul Hume of the Washington Post declared that Mr. Graham "...will emerge as one of the finest of our new generation of pianists." His mastery of the repertoire encompasses a full range of piano works from Bach through Stravinsky. Mr. Graham avoids both the hyper-emotional theatricality, and the "authentic" sterility that are currently in vogue. "No formula can ever replace sincere and discerning musicmaking", he comments.

In addition to his activities as a soloist, Graham has also performed extensively with chamber music ensembles along with such artists as Gil Shaham, Arnold Steinhardt, and Ransom Wilson. He has also appeared with the Guarneri, Takacs, and Tokyo string quartets. For eleven years, Larry Graham was the pianist for the highly acclaimed Pablo Casals Trio, the only ensemble that Mr. Casals personally lent his name to.

Larry Graham received his training at the Juilliard School in New York as scholarship student of Rosina Lhevinne and Martin Canin. Early successes in piano competitions such as the Kosciusko, Bloch and G.B.Dealey resulted in his debut with Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1965. In 1969 Mr. Graham won the Concert Artists auditions
which led to his debut at New York's Carnegie Recital Hall. As a teacher, Mr. Graham has had abundant distinction, his students having competed successfully at local, state and international levels. For 25 years he was Professor of piano at the University of Colorado and continues working with gifted pre-college students.

Larry balances his love of teaching and performing with an active outdoors life. An avid runner, backpacker, and rock climber, he recently completed the ascent of all fifty-four 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado. In 1984, Mr. Graham was the subject of a national PBS
documentary that explored the relationship between the two very diverse disciplines that he has pursued.