Deborah de Graaff


National Music Camp: 1980-1982
AYO: 1983 1980 - 82



Winning National and Commonwealth ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competitions (1983), Deborah performed the Françaix Clarinet Concerto around Australia, competed internationally (Munich, London) and received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Scholarship. Through the 1980s and 1990s she performed as a chamber soloist with her mother contralto Lauris Elms, and also with soprano Rita Hunter, pianists Geoffrey Parsons, John Winther and Len Vorster. Deborah toured regional Australia and travelled to Vietnam with her ensemble Ku-ring-gai Virtuosi for Musica Viva. As concerto soloist, she performed with Richard Bonynge (1999, 2010), Paul Dyer (Brandenburg Orchestra 1997), in London with Michael Nebe (Fine Arts Orchestra at St Martin in the Fields 2001), Michael Clarke (Sydney Mozart Players, Angel Place 2002 2003) and numerous Sydney based orchestras through to present day. Deborah has broadcast regularly for the ABC from 1983 onwards.

CDs include; A Clarinet CollectionUlpirra, (Walsingham Classics), Brahms - The Complete Works for Clarinet (ABC Classics), Opera Arias (Melba records) with Deborah Reidel and Richard Bonynge, three CDs of Enchanted Winds (Joshua Tree Music) with composer Kristopher Spike and soprano Sally-Anne Russell. Deborah is regularly broadcast on ABC FM as soloist and as part of her trio Power of Three. Her work can also be heard on ABC Classics compilation CDs entitled: Music from the Great Interviews and ABC FM 30th Birthday Favourites (ABC Classics). Most recently released is the CD of Clarinet and Trio Music Never Leave Home Again (Three Bracelets) for her trio the Power of Three with fellow artists flute player Leah Lock and pianist John Martin.

About to complete a PhD (UNSW) on the practice efficiency of elite instrumental musicians, Deborah has had papers accepted for conferences, ICOMCS 2007 Sydney, ISME 2008 Italy and has been published by BRM (Behavioural Research Methods Journal 2011). She has been on staff at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a Casual Lecturer in Clarinet from 1998 to the present day where she also teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium High School, and the Conservatorium Open Academy - Rising Stars Programme. Deborah teaches students through UNSW and talented students from her private Sydney city studio.


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