Graham Waterhouse

Graham Waterhouse ( born November 2, 1962 in London ) is an English composer and cellist who lives in Wessling since 2002. Waterhouse composed chamber music among other combinations, such as piccolo and string quartet, cello and speaking voice, Great Highland Bagpipe and String Orchestra.


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

He has received commissions from, among others, the International Double Reed Society ( IDRS ), Orchestre 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 have won awards in competitions of the Munich Association of Musicians (1996) and the Via Nova in Weimar ( 2000). 2011 his String Quartet Chinese Whispers was awarded the BCMS Composition Prize of the Birmingham Chamber Music Society.

As a soloist, his Cello Concerto, Op 27 he played in Mexico City (1995 ), Nizhniy 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 worked with the Ensemble Modern Orchestra under Pierre Boulez on the tour in 2001. He also joined Neue Musik Berlin with the ensembles musikFabrik and chamber ensemble.

In 2001 he was Composer in Residence of the soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, in 2006, he was artiste 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 composers colloquia at the University of Oldenburg. Since 2005, he is one of the musicians bring preschool children of children Hombroich into contact with art.

As a composer and as a player he is committed to, especially for chamber music. He has co-founded several chamber music ensembles, including the Vuillaume cello ensemble, whose members play instruments from the workshop of Jean -Baptiste Vuillaume. In a regular chamber music concert series in Munich Gasteig he presents contemporary works since 1998, compared to the classical repertoire. In collaboration with the composer Jens Josef (flute) and Rudi Spring (piano), he played there in 2009, a trio concert with Martinů Trio, the first performance of the flute version of its Gestural Variations and one each Christmas song arrangement of 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 a number of works for oboe and bassoon, which were performed at the annual conferences. He composed for the individual's ability and character of players and instruments, as well as unusual Heckelphone, marimba or didgeridoo. In Chieftain's Salute he combined Great Highland Bagpipe and String Orchestra, String Orchestra in Hale Bopp and boy soprano, The Akond of Swat, he wrote for a tenor bassoon, which was created specifically for the player, bassoon and piano.

He composes increasingly inspired literary works for cello and speaking voice on texts such as Limerick ( Vezza ), ballad ( The Glove ) or drama ( Aase's Ascension ), and he is able also to play and recite.

Some of his works were written makes music for the youth competition and performed in concerts winners. His Christmas Cantata The beginning of a new era, with words by Hans Krieger for soprano, baritone, chorus, children's choir and string orchestra was premiered in Essen, in St. Peter in Kettwig and Borbeck Castle, as part of a Christmas program that also Hale Bopp and Bach cantata Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 contained.

The Hessischer Rundfunk broadcast an interview on his 50th birthday. Reinhard Palmer wrote in the journal Neue Musik Zeitung about a concert in Gasteig for the occasion under the title " Popular outsider, described the close of his quintet compositions to instrumental concertos, noted the influence of Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutoslawski and pointed to the musical storyteller.

Selected Works

  • Variations on a Theme by Pachelbel for Organ, Op 6
  • 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, turned out at the 1st Sergiu Celibidache Festival in Munich 2002
  • Cello Concerto, Op 27, UA 1995 in Mexico City
  • Three Pieces for Solo Cello, Op 28, Siegfried Palm devoted
  • Movements d'Harmonie op 29 for wind ensemble, dedicated to William Waterhouse
  • Nonet for wind quintet op 30, 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 - from drawings by MC Escher
  • Vezza Limerick for Cello and Spechstimme, Whether the weather be hot - would like some German pronounce it
  • Celtic Voices and Hale Bopp op 36 for string orchestra with obbligato treble
  • Aztec Ceremonies for contrabassoon and Op 37 Piano, UA 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 for Oboe, Cello and Piano 43b ( price in the composition competition of Via Nova in Weimar, UA in the Weimar Spring Festival of Contemporary Music 2000)
  • Witches dance, Op 45 for Bassoon Quartet
  • At night, Op 50 for Piano Trio, inspired by a painting by Kandinsky, night
  • Sinfonietta for String Orchestra, Op 54
  • Threnody for solo cello, published as Music against Terrorism and Violence
  • Bassoon Quintet (2003)
  • Six Latest Songs after Hölderlin for mezzo-soprano and cello
  • The glove, Ballad by Friedrich Schiller for speaking voice and cello
  • The witch - multiplication by Goethe ( Faust 1, hexene cuisine), the cello and speaking voice
  • Aase's ascension after the monologue of Peer Gynt from the dramatic poem by Henrik Ibsen for speaking voice and cello
  • Bright Angel for three bassoons and contrabassoon, UA IDRS 2008, Provo, Utah, based on the Bright Angel Trail
  • Phoenix Arising for Bassoon and Piano, in memoriam William Waterhouse, UA in London 2009, DEA in Berlin
  • The Akond of Swat ( after a poem by Edward Lear ) for tenor bassoon, bassoon and piano, UA IDRS 2009, Birmingham
  • Canto Notturno for Piano Trio, UA 2009 in Munich
  • Chinese Whispers for String Quartet, UA in Preston 2010
  • In the mountains by Hans Krieger for alto, alto flute, cello and piano, UA 2010 in Munich
  • The werewolf by Christian Morgenstern for speaking voice and cello
  • Macabre Rhapsody for piano and string quartet, UA Munich 2011
  • The beginning of a new era Christmas cantata to words of Hans Krieger for soprano, baritone, chorus, children's choir and string orchestra, UA Essen 2011


  • 2001 Portrait of Cybele Records, works for piano, clarinet and cello
  • 2004 Portrait 2 Meridian Records, Music for String Orchestra, performed by the English Chamber Orchestra, and 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 piccolo concerto Archives Music ( Quintet for Piccolo and String Quartet )


His works were published mainly in the music publishers Hofmeister (Leipzig), Lienau and Zimmermann (both Frankfurt am Main ). Individual works appeared in the Accolade Musikverlag ( Warngau ) and Heinrichshofen 's Verlag ( Wilhelmshaven ).