The composer, arranger, conductor and pianist Hans-Martin Gräbner was born in Kulmbach. He studied musicology, psychology and Romance philology in Munich and Bayreuth and participated in master-classes as conductor and piano accompanist with Daniel Barenboim, Donald C. Runnicles, George Alexander Albrecht and Norman Shetler. Since 1989 he has been Music Director of the Stage Studio in Bayreuth. Among other places, he has been guest conductor at the Semperoper, Dresden and at the Anhalt Theatre in Dessau. He has composed many musicals and much music for the theatre and has given concerts as accompanist and chamber music player in Germany, Austria, Italy and in the Czech Republic.