Dr Deborah De Graaff

Deborah de Graaff is not only known for her successful career as a chamber music recitalist, concerto soloist and recording artist for the ABC, but also as an innovative pedagogue and academic. Both her recitals and conservatoire teaching have taken her throughout Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom.

As a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney (USYD) she won both the National and Commonwealth ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competitions (1983), represented Australia in international clarinet competitions (Munich, London) and received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Scholarship. Most recently Deborah was awarded a PhD in Music Psychology from the University of New South Wales (UNSW, 2014) in which she pursued her fascination with motivational [...]

Deborah de Graaff is not only known for her successful career as a chamber music recitalist, concerto soloist and recording artist for the ABC, but also as an innovative pedagogue and academic. Both her recitals and conservatoire teaching have taken her throughout Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom.

As a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney (USYD) she won both the National and Commonwealth ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competitions (1983), represented Australia in international clarinet competitions (Munich, London) and received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Scholarship. Most recently Deborah was awarded a PhD in Music Psychology from the University of New South Wales (UNSW, 2014) in which she pursued her fascination with motivational teaching and developed the Model of Elite Instrumental Practice. She has recently received (2015) a grant from USYD to test this model within the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Pursuing her deep affinity for chamber music, she has formed and performed in ensembles throughout Australia, most notably working with pianists Geoffrey Parsons, John Winther, Len Vorster, David Miller, soprano Rita Hunter and her mother contralto Lauris Elms. As a chamber musician she has been responsible for instigating the composition of, and performing many Australian music premieres. As a concerto soloist, notable collaborations have included concerti with Richard Bonynge (1999, 2010), Paul Dyer (Brandenburg Orchestra 1997), Michael Nebe (Fine Arts Orchestra at St Martin in the Fields London 2001) and Michael Clarke (Sydney Mozart Players, Angel Place 2002 2003).

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Areas of Study

Woodwind

Location

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music