Winner of the 1998 Scottish Bass Trust International Competition, Graham was born in Scotland and started playing the double bass at the age of 15. He studied with Duncan McTier at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. On graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 1998, Graham was invited to become professor of Double Bass, and in 2002 he was awarded an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) for outstanding achievement in the music profession.
Graham enjoys a busy and varied chamber music career, both performing and recording for BBC Radio 3. Among others he has performed with the Nash Ensemble, Leopold String Trio, the Florestan, Angel and Gould Piano Trios and the Composers Ensemble. Graham has recorded Schubert’s Trout Quintet with the Leopold Trio and pianist Paul Lewis under Hyperion, and its release has been a huge success including being chosen for Recording of the Week for Classic FM and HMV. He has been a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra since 1998, works regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) and has been guest principal with the Royal Concertgebouw, Royal Philharmonic, Stuttgart Radio (SWR), BBC NOW, English National Opera (ENO), Welsh National Opera (WNO), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan) and the London Chamber Orchestra. Graham is also a guest tutor for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO)
As a soloist Graham has performed Bottesini’s Concerto in B minor with the Oare String Orchestra, Bottesini’s Grand Duo for Violin and Double Bass with the Martel Ensemble (director Malcolm Layfield), Fantasy on La Sonnambula with the English Soloists’ Ensemble and Sound Collective and the Passione Amorosa with Matthew MacDonald (Principal Solo Bass, Berlin Philharmonic). He was the first double bass player to perform at the Manchester International Cello Festival where he performed Rossini’s Duetto for cello and bass.
In recent years, he has performed with the Florestan and Gould piano trios at the Peasmarsh and Corbridge chamber festivals, a duet with world-renowned jazz bassist John Patitucci in Mark Anthony Turnage’s A Prayer out of Stillness. Graham was invited by Steven Isserlis to perform at the IMS Prussia Cove Chamber Festival followed by a national tour and Wigmore Hall performance. These performances resulted in IMS Prussia Cove winning the chamber prize at the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Awards in 2008.
Graham was a mentor at the Mendelssohn and Mull Festival with Levon Chilingirian, as well as the IMS Prussia Cove Chamber Festivals and performing at the Kungsbacka festival with the Kungsbacka Piano Trio and Lawrence Power.
He is extremely grateful to the Stradivari Trust in helping him acquire his 1750 Italian double bass attributed to the Testore family.