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Graham Cox

Graham Cox began his professional musical career as piano accompanist and conductor of the Australian Boys’ Choir. At Melbourne University he studied piano, organ and harpsichord and continued his studies in Europe with the organist Daniel Roth and baroque specialist Ton Koopman. Whilst still a student, he worked as a church musician and concert organist.

From 1978 till 1986 he worked as repetiteur and conductor at the Victoria State Opera in Melbourne and was frequently engaged as organist and harpsichordist by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

In 1982 he gave a series of organ recitals in East and West Germany. Although he enjoyed playing in such wonderful venues as the Luebeck Dom, Ulmer Muenster, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechtnis-Kirche, Berlin and the Merseburger Dom, he decided that working in the opera house or with an orchestra was the direction he would follow.

In 1986 he moved to Germany, first as repetiteur and conductor at the City Theatre of Osnabrück. Later positions were as Head of Music Staff and conductor in Kiel and Kaiserslautern.

From 1998 till 2004 he worked as repetiteur at the Deutsche Opera Berlin and was also frequently employed as pianist, harpsichordist and organist by Berlin orchestras. As guest conductor he gave concerts with the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin and with the Berliner Symphoniker. As jazz pianist he played regularly at the popular Kreuzberg restaurant “Le Cochon Bourgeois”.

From 2004 till 2008 he was Head of Music Staff at the Nuremberg State Theatre and since 2005 has been regularly engaged by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra as keyboarder, with highlights including concerts at the Edinburgh and Lucerne Festivals and in La Scala, Milan, and in 2011 harpsichord soloist in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.
In 2009 he was engaged for the first time by the Flemish Opera in Antwerp as assistant conductor to Dmitri Jurowski, and as Studienleiter for the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival. He spent most of 2009 and 2010 as music manager on board AIDA cruise ships.

In 2011 and 2012 he worked again at the Flemish Opera as assistant conductor to Alexander Joel and to Yannis Pouspourikas, and as private vocal coach based in Berlin.
Throughout the years he has assisted many well-known conductors, including Philip Auguin, Lawrence Foster, Johannes Fritzsch, Christopher Hogwood, Mikhail Jurowski, Jiri Kout, Sir Charles Mackerras, Christian Thielemann, Marcello Viotti, Lothar Zagrozek, Christof Prick und Klaus-Peter Seibel. He has also accompanied singing lessons given by such prominent teachers as Karan Armstrong, Grace Bumbry, Irmgard Hartmann-Dressler, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau und Kurt Moll. Already in Melbourne but especially as repetiteur at the Deutsche Oper and as head of music of the opera studio of the State Theatre of Nuremberg, he has devoted much of his time to coaching and mentoring young singers. He continues this work now in Berlin.

                                           

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