Peter Van De Graaff Biography

Hailed by the critics as possessing a “resplendent voice” and “rich, burnished sound” with
“formidable skill” and a “commanding grace and strength,” bass-baritone Peter Van De
Graaff has sung to great acclaim throughout the world.

In Europe, he recently returned from Salzburg where he was a featured soloist at the
International Vocal Symposium. He has performed and recorded a Mass by Jan Vorisek with
the Czech State Symphony under Paul Freeman and has also sung Beethoven’s Missa
Solemnis throughout the Czech Republic and Poland with the Czech Philharmonic. He
appeared in Berlin with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron. In
Budapest, he sang with the Budapest Concert Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem and in Tel Aviv, the
Israeli Chamber Orchestra joined him in a Mozart Mass.

As a recitalist he appeared in Tokyo. His singing has also taken him throughout the United
States, where his appearances include engagements with the Houston Symphony, Chicago
Symphony, Utah Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Louisiana
Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Colorado Springs Symphony, Richmond
Symphony and many, many others. Conductors with whom he has worked include Pierre
Boulez, Christopher Wilkins, Paul Freeman, Bernard Labadie, Paul Hillier, Joseph Silverstein,
Robert Page, Thomas Wikman, Jane Glover, Klaus-Peter Seibel, Victor Yampolsky, James
Paul, Daniel Hege and Nicholas Kraemer, among many others.

Mr. Van De Graaff has made a specialty of the baroque repertoire and this has brought him as
soloist to the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Costa Rica International Music Festival,
Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Pittsburgh Bach Choir, Grand Teton Music Festival, St. Louis
Early Music Festival, Boulder Bach Festival and many other festivals and concert series
throughout the country. He and his soprano wife have been responsible for the modern
premieres of several early 18th century chamber operas called “intermezzi.”

He has also been active in the opera house and has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago,
Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Opera, Rochester Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Cedar Rapids
Opera and many other companies. Future engagements include performances in Colorado,
New York, Tennessee, Mississippi, Chicago, Maryland, Hawaii and China. His recordings
include 3 intermezzos on the Naxos label and Menotti’s The Medium, Vorisek Mass in B-Flat
and Mozart arias and duets, all on the Cedille label.