Hans Leygraf

* 1920     † 2011
from 1972 to 1990 Professor for piano at Mozarteum Salzburg
since 1989 honorary member of University Mozarteum Salzburg

Hans Leygraf was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on 7.9.1920.
He studied piano with G. Boon in Stockholm and A. Hirzel-Langenhan in Switzerland; counterpoint and composition with H. M. Melchers in Stockholm and J. Haas in Munich, and conducting with O. Morales and T. Mann in Stockholm and with H. Knappe in Munich.

He made a public appearance as early as 1930, performing the solo part in a Mozart piano concerto; he gave his first solo recital in Stockholm in 1933, and so the way was open for Leygraf`s artistic career. His repertoire encompasses some 30 piano concertos and approximately 40 different programmes for solo recitals.
Alongside the traditional classical repertoire, (especially Mozart), Leygraf frequently performs programmes of Swedish music: works by, among others, Stenhammer, Rosenberg, Wirén, Larsson, de Frumerie.

Leygraf has appeared with numerous major orchestras, for example, with the Stockholm Konsertförening, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London, the London Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg, the Munich Philharmonic, the Mozarteum Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. He has worked with conductors such as Fritz Busch, Josef Keilberth, Alberto Erede, Fritz Lehmann, Georg Solti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Georg Szell, Sergiu Celibidache, and many others.
He has given guest performances at many major festivals, appearing as a soloist numerous times at both the Salzburg Festival and the Mozart Week.

In 1967 Leygraf founded the Leygraf Klavierquartett and has, since then, been active not only as a soloist, but also as a chamber musician in almost every country in Europe, in Russia and Japan. Telefunken made recordings of Mozart`s piano quartets with this ensemble, and Leygraf has made various solo recordings of works by Haydn, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, Stenhammer and Bartók. He was engaged to play the complete piano sonatas.

Leygraf is also a recognised conductor and composer. In the 1940s in particular he composed a series of works for the piano and chamber ensembles. Hans Leygraf is in frequent demand as a juror at prestigious music competitions, such as the Busoni-Competition in Bolzano, the ARD Competition in Munich and the German Music Competition in Bonn.

From an early stage Leygraf extended his artistic activities to include teaching. He directed numerous master-classes for the piano, for example, 1954-62 at the Akademie für Tonkunst in Darmstadt, from 1956 at the Salzburg International Summer Academy, since 1962 at the Music Academy in Hanover, in 1973 and 1975 at Stockholm Conservatory, in 1976 and 1981 at the Tokyo Conservatory and in 1981 in Taipei. In 1978 and 1979 he directed the chamber music courses at the Hitzacker International Summer Academy.

He was awarded the Royal Vasa Order and the Litteris et Artibus by his native country, where he was also appointed a full member of the Royal Academy of Music.

Hans Leygraf has directed a piano class at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg since 1972. He became professor emeritus on 1st October 1990.