Graham Oppenheimer holds a position as one of the UK’s foremost and respected violists. He studied with Atar Arad at the Royal Northern College of Music and Eastman School USA, Thomas Riebl at Slazburg Mozarteum and Peter Schidlof at International Musicians Seminar.
Graham’s first professional position was as a member of the English Chamber Orchestra and he went on to become a founder member and principal viola of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Claudio Abbado. As a soloist he has performed with orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, East of England Orchestra and Lapeenranta Symphony Orchestra in Finland. He has appeared in chamber music with such artists as Yehudi Menuhin, Paul Tortellier, James Galway, Murray Perahia and Jack Brymer, and was also violist and founder of the Schidlof Quartet.
Graham founded the Leicester International Music Festival and is founder and Artistic Director of the Lincoln International Chamber Music Festival. Graham is Artistic Director of the University of Lincoln International Concert Series and Artistic Director of the DMH International Chamber Music Series in Leicester. A frequent chamber music collaborator, current invitations include festivals in Germany, France, Ireland and Canada. His recordings can be heard on the RCA and Linn labels, and on radio throughout the world from the BBC in the UK to the ABC in Australia.
Graham is also a respected and dedicated teacher and has taught in Finland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy and the USA, as well as given masterclasses across the UK. He is Director of the Repton International Strings Summer School which he founded in 2005.