Graham Waterhouse

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Graham Waterhouse (born November 2, 1962 in London ) is an English composer and cellist who has lived in Weßling since 2002 . Waterhouse composed chamber music for combinations such as piccolo and string quartet , cello and speaking voice, Great Highland Bagpipe and string orchestra .


Graham Waterhouse was born into a musical family in London, the son of the bassoonist and musicologist William Waterhouse . He studied music at the University of Cambridge (composition with Hugh Wood and Robin Holloway) and in Germany at the Folkwang Hochschule and the Hochschule für Musik Köln , cello with Maria Kliegel and Young-Chang Cho as well as conducting, piano and chamber music.

He has received composition commissions from the International Double Reed Society (IDRS), Orchester de Chambre de Lausanne , Munich Biennale , Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival , Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Estado de Mexico and the Park Lane Group (London). His compositions won prizes at competitions of the Munich Tonkünstlerverband (1996) and the Via Nova in Weimar (2000). In 2011 his string quartet Chinese Whispers was awarded the BCMS Composition Prize of the Birmingham Chamber Music Society.

As a soloist in his cello concerto op. 27, he played in Mexico City (1995), Nizhnij Novgorod, Weimar, Baden-Baden, St. Martin, Idstein (version for chamber orchestra , 2005) and Cambridge (2008).

Waterhouse worked with the Ensemble Modern in world premieres by composers such as Iannis Xenakis , Beat Furrer and Klaus Huber and participated in the Ensemble Modern Orchestra under Pierre Boulez on the 2001 tour. He also performed with the ensembles musikFabrik and Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin .

In 2001 he was Composer in Residence of the Soloists of the Kammerphilharmonie Berlin , in 2006 he was artist en residence in Albertville , France, and in 2008 he was Musician By-Fellow at Churchill College , University of Cambridge.

He is regularly invited by Violeta Dinescu to composers' colloquia at the University of Oldenburg . Since 2005 he has been one of the musicians who bring preschool children on the island of Hombroich into contact with art.

As a composer and as a player, he is particularly committed to chamber music . He has co-founded several chamber music ensembles, such as the Vuillaume Cello Ensemble, whose members play instruments from the workshop of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume . Since 1998 he has been juxtaposing contemporary works with the classical repertoire in a regular chamber music concert series in the Gasteig Munich. In cooperation with the composers Jens Josef (flute) and Rudi Spring (piano), he played a trio concert there in 2009 with Martinůs Trio, the first performance of the flute version of his Gestural Variations as well as a Christmas carol arrangement by the three composers.

One focus of his work is music for his own instrument and other string instruments ( cello solo , string trio , string orchestra). For the IDRS (International Society for Reed Instruments) he wrote numerous works for oboe and bassoon, which were performed at the annual conferences. He composes for the individual ability and character of players and instruments, including unusual ones such as the heckelphone, marimba or didgeridoo . In Chieftain's Salute he combined the Great Highland Bagpipe and string orchestra, in Hale Bopp string orchestra and boy soprano , and The Akond of Swat he wrote for a tenor bassoon specially made for the player, bassoon and piano.

He is increasingly composing literary-inspired works for cello and speaking voice based on texts such as Limerick ( Vezza ), Ballad ( Der Handschuh ) or Drama ( Aase's Ascension ), and he is able to play and recite at the same time.

Some of his works were written for the Jugend musiziert competition and performed in award-winning concerts. His Christmas cantata The Beginning of a New Time on Words by Hans Krieger for soprano, baritone, choir, children's choir and string orchestra was performed for the first time in Essen, in St. Peter in Kettwig and in Borbeck Castle , as part of an Advent program that also Hale Bopp and Bachs Cantata Now come, the Gentile Savior, BWV 61 contained.

The Hessischer Rundfunk broadcast an interview on his 50th birthday. Reinhard Palmer wrote in the journal Neue Musikzeitung about a concert in Gasteig on the occasion under the title "Popular outsider, described the proximity of his quintet compositions to instrumental concerts, noted the influence of Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutosławski and referred to the musical storyteller.

At the. November 8, 2017, his " Kriegslied " for choir and piano based on the words of the poem by Matthias Claudius was premiered by the Diplomatic Choir of Berlin in the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin as part of a benefit concert for the aid organization Cap Anamur .

Selected Works

  • Variations on a theme by Pachelbel op. 6 for organ
  • Scherzino op. 24/2 for piano, published in 2006 in Piano Album
  • Hungarian Polyphony op.25 for string quartet
  • Quintet op.26 for piccolo and string quartet, featured at the 1st Sergiu Celibidache Festival in Munich 2002
  • Cello Concerto op.27, premiered 1995 in Mexico City
  • Three Pieces for Solo Cello op.28,dedicated to Siegfried Palm
  • Mouvements d'Harmonie op. 29 for wind ensemble, dedicated to William Waterhouse
  • Nonet op. 30 for wind quintet, string trio and double bass
  • Chieftain's Salute op.34a for Great Highland Bagpipe and string orchestra
  • Four Epigraphs after Escher op. 35 for Heckelphone, viola and piano - based on drawings by MC Escher
  • Vezza Limerick for cello and speaking voice, Whether the weather be hot - as some Germans would pronounce it
  • Celtic Voices and Hale Bopp op. 36 for string orchestra with obbligato boy soprano
  • Aztec Ceremonies op. 37 for double bassoon and piano, WP IDRS 1995, Rotterdam
  • Ode to an Australian Forebear op. 38 for flute, marimba, cello and didgeridoo
  • Gestural Variations op.43 for oboe, bassoon and piano, op.43b for oboe, cello and piano (prize in the composition competition of Via Nova in Weimar, premiere at the Weimar Spring Festival for contemporary music 2000)
  • Hexenreigen op. 45 for bassoon quartet
  • At night op. 50 for piano trio, inspired by a painting by Kandinsky , Night
  • Sinfonietta op. 54 for string orchestra
  • Threnody for cello solo, published as Music against Terrorism and Violence
  • Bassoon Quintet (2003)
  • Six Latest Songs after Hölderlin for mezzo-soprano and violoncello
  • The glove , ballad by Friedrich Schiller for speaking voice and cello
  • The witches' multiplication table according to Goethe ( Faust 1 , witch's kitchen ), cello and speaking voice
  • Aase's Ascension after the monologue by Peer Gynt from the dramatic poem by Henrik Ibsen for speaking voice and cello
  • Bright Angel for three bassoons and double bassoon, UA IDRS 2008, Provo, Utah, based on the Bright Angel Trail
  • Phoenix Arising for bassoon and piano, in memoriam William Waterhouse, premiered in London 2009, DEA in Berlin
  • The Akond of Swat (based on a poem by Edward Lear ) for tenor bassoon, bassoon and piano, UA IDRS 2009, Birmingham
  • Canto Notturno for piano trio, premiered in Munich in 2009
  • Chinese Whispers for string quartet, premiered in Preston 2010
  • Im Gebirg after Hans Krieger for alto, alto flute, violoncello and piano, premiered 2010 in Munich
  • Der Werwolf after Christian Morgenstern for speaking voice and cello
  • Rhapsodie Macabre for piano and string quartet, premiered in Munich 2011
  • The beginning of a new time Christmas cantata based on words by Hans Krieger for soprano, baritone, choir, children's choir and string orchestra, premiered in Essen 2011
  • Prophetiae Sibyllarum , string quartet, premier Munich 2012
  • In blue lines , flute quartet, (2012), premier Munich 2012
  • Sonata ebraica , Viola Sonata, Premiere Munich 2013
  • in nomine for cello solo , an In Nomine , WP Idstein 2013
  • Bells of Beyond , piano trio, premiere in Munich 2013
  • Sonata Cubista , violin sonata, premiere Munich 2013
  • Alcatraz , string quartet, WP Munich 2014
  • Sextet op. 1 , string sextet, WP Munich 2014
  • Carpe diem , cantata for soloists, choir and orchestra, premier Munich 2014
  • Skylla and Charibdis , piano quartet, premiered in UA Munich 2014
  • War song, work for choir and piano, premiered in Berlin 2017


  • 2001 Portrait Cybele Records, works for piano, clarinet and violoncello
  • 2004 Portrait 2 Meridian Records, music for string orchestra, played by the English Chamber Orchestra , and for wind ensemble

Individual works:

  • 2000 Bassoon With a View Innova Recordings ( Aztec Ceremonies )
  • 2001 Benchmarks Vol. 6 - Folkestone and Hythe, Kent ( Variations on a Theme by Pachelbel )
  • 2007 concerto piccolo Archiv Music ( quintet for piccolo and string quartet)


His works were mainly published by the music publishers Hofmeister (Leipzig), Lienau and Zimmermann (both Frankfurt am Main ). Individual works have been published by Accolade Musikverlag (Warngau) and Heinrichshofen's Verlag (Wilhelmshaven). The collection of eight cello pieces by Thomas Tunes was published by Breitkopf & Härtel in 2017 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Reinhard Palmer: Popular outsider: the cellist and composer Graham Waterhouse celebrated his 50th birthday . November 14, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  2. ^ A b German Composers' Association (Thuringia News) . 2000. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved on August 26, 2009: "The 3rd prize was shared and goes to Graham Waterhouse for his trio" Gestural Variations "with 2500 DM each." @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. ^ Tour book, reviews . Retrieved August 25, 2009.
  4. Composers' Colloquia
  5. Kinder Insel Hombroich children's concerts
  6. Composers Matinee: Graham Waterhouse ( Memento of the original of October 7, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Gasteig April 11, 2010  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. ^ Concertante music for flute - cello - piano, played by three composers . Gasteig . Archived from the original on October 7, 2011. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved November 30, 2010. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  8. hr2 - The current cultural talk / guest: Graham Waterhouse, composer ( German ) Hessischer Rundfunk . November 2, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  9. ^ Graham Waterhouse, Piano Album: Eight Piano Pieces . Retrieved August 25, 2009.
  10. Sergiu Celibidache Festival . Retrieved on August 25, 2009: “The composer Graham Waterhouse tells of his compositional work with Sergiu Celibidache using the example of two of his chamber music works: Hungarian Polyphony for string quartet and quintet for piccolo and string quartet. These were rehearsed with colleagues from the festival orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and critically analyzed and developed together with Sergiu Celibidache. "
  11. concert The Proud Bassoon 60th birthday . Retrieved August 29, 2009.
  12. ^ Graham Waterhouse, Threnody . Retrieved August 25, 2009.
  13. a b Graham Waterhouse, Glove & Witches 101 . Archived from the original on September 9, 2012. Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved August 25, 2009. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  14. Aases Ascension, Lake Constance Festival . Retrieved August 29, 2009.
  15. in memoriam William Waterhouse 2009 . Retrieved August 27, 2009.
  16. IDRS Conference 2009 . Retrieved August 27, 2009.
  17. Portrait Graham Waterhouse / Graham Waterhouse, Markus Schön, Michael Wendeberg, Agnès Marc . Retrieved September 11, 2012.
  18. ^ Graham Waterhouse: Chamber Music . Retrieved August 25, 2009.
  19. ^ Graham Waterhouse Portrait . May 4, 2004. Retrieved August 25, 2009.
  20. a b c music publishers . Retrieved August 29, 2009.
  21. ^ Graham Waterhouse (* 1962) / Thomas Tunes . Breitkopf & Härtel . 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.