Henrike Graf

Henrike Graf, born 1994 in Northern Germany, began to play the horn at the age of ten. From 2008 to 2010 she received lessons from Ralph Ficker (Staatsoper Hamburg). Afterwards she started her junior music studies with Prof. Markus Maskuniitty at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media in 2010, before she began her studies with Prof. Will Sanders at the University of Music Karlsruhe in 2012.

At several masterclasses Henrike got valuable artistic impulses from Stefan Dohr, Andrew Bain, Prof. Radovan Vlatković , Prof. Christian Lampert, Prof. Szabolcs Zempléni, Prof. Thomas Hausschild, Prof. Raimund Zell and Prof. Johannes Hinterholzer.

Henrike gained a lot of experience participating in regional youth orchestras in Germany and Italy as well as in the National Youth Orchestra of Germany.

During her studies she became Young Artist at the Davos Festival, member of the orchestra of the Animato Foundation, of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and since 2018 of the European Union Youth Orchestra. There she got the opportunity to work with conductors like Sir Simon Rattle, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Gianandrea Noseda, Mario Venzago, Sebastian Weigle, Michael Sanderling or Kurt Weil.

These engagements allowed her to perform in concert halls like the Philharmonie of Berlin, the Royal Albert Hall, Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Wien, Konzerthaus Berlin, Philharmonie of Cologne, Teatro Ponchielli Cremona, Auditorium Giovanni Agnelli Turin. 

From May 2015 to April 2017 Henrike was member of the Academy of the Staatsoper Nürnberg and gained her first experience in a professional orchestra. After that she won the position as a low horn player at the Bochumer Symphoniker where she worked from April 2017 to June 2018.