de Graaf was born in Spakenburg, the Netherlands. He studied
with Jos d'Hondt at the Utrecht Conservatory. In 1970 he graduated
with honours and in 1973 he was awarded the "Prix d'Exellence."
In 1975 he joined
the Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestra as principal clarinet.
With this orchestra he performed concertos by Mozart and Von
Weber, and, on tour in America, the Lindpainter Concerto.
For several years,
Henk de Graaf has played in various chamber music ensembles
and with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. Among the many recordings
he made are a CD with romantic clarinet trios by Mozart, Schumann
and Bruch; and a CD with the Clarinet Sonatas opus 120 by
Brahms, a recording on which he is accompanied by the famous
Dutch pianist Daniel Wayenberg.
At the occasion
of the 25th anniversary of his appointment as solo
clarinettist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Henk
de Graaf recorded a Mozart CD which included the Clarinet
Concerto in A major KV 622.
addition, De Graaf recorded chamber music by Von Weber, Baermann,
Crusell and Spohr, and a CD featuring clarinet trios by Beethoven,
Glinka, Brahms, and Zemlinsky. On this last CD he again collaborated
with Daniel Wayenberg. It was the first time this repertoire
was recorded by a Dutch clarinettist. In co-operation with
the Netherlands Wind Soloists and the Hungarian pianist Klara
Würtz, he recorded the piano quintet op. 16 by Beethoven,
and Mozart's Piano Quintet KV 452. Subsequently, de Graaf
recorded Six Quartets by Rossini with the Rotterdam Philharmonic
Wind Soloists. The Dutch National television made video and
TV recordings of all these CD's.
with pianist and organist Klaas Jan Mulder, Henk de Graaf
issued a CD with mostly slow works by Rachmaninov, Beethoven,
Saint-Saens, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Mascagni,
Baermann, Guilmant, Dvorak and Chopin. More recent CD's include
an ambitious project in which De Graaf and the Rotterdam Philharmonic
Wind Ensemble recorded six CD's containing all Mozart's Divertimenti
and Serenades for winds; a CD with French impressionist music
(including the Ravel Septet) played by an ensemble from the
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and a CD titled "Memories
Gone By" which was made in co-operation with soprano Clara
de Vries, alto Jose Scholte and Pianist Daniel Wayenberg,
and includes compositions by Mozart, Schubert, Mahler and
With this last pianist, he also recorded a double CD with famous French, German, English and Russian repertoire for clarinet and piano. This CD includes works by Poulenc, Debussy, Saint-Saens, Busser, Martinu, Arnold, Stravinsky, Von Weber, Genzmer, Schumann, Berg and Mendelssohn, and will be released early 2004.
For 25 years, Henk
de Graaf has been a teacher at the school for Music and Theatre
in Rotterdam, and at the Amsterdam School of the Arts.
de Graaf also works as a conductor, and assists conductors
like the Dutch conductor Jan Stulen at the Dutch Promenade
Orchestra and the Flanders Symphony Orchestra.
Juan de Graaf