Graham is equally skilled on both the double bass and the electric bass, with more than fifteen years of professional experience. He enjoys a busy freelance career, performing and recording in diverse settings from orchestral and chamber to jazz, musical theatre, and contemporary popular and world music styles. Graham's highly adaptable playing has most recently been featured with Absolute Journey (as a headlining act around North America and on cruise ships in the Caribbean and Asia), Red Zeppelin at Hugh's Room Live in Toronto, opening for Serena Ryder at the Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre with singer-songwriter Jeffery Straker, performing and recording with the world music and dance company Ensemble Topaz, and playing in the pit orchestras for the highly acclaimed new musical Life After (winner of six Dora awards), Sheridan College's production of The Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden and Rent with Mainstage Theatre, and The Immigrant: A Musical for Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company.
As a composer, Graham has broad interests, spanning from the neo-baroque to twelve-tone technique and contemporary jazz styles. He is also in demand as an arranger, transcriber, and copyist. Composition highlights include a sixty-minute requiem mass for large orchestra and mixed SATB chorus, and a three-movement suite for 18-piece jazz ensemble, as well as several chamber and solo works. In 2016 Graham was a featured composer for Art Song Lab in Vancouver, BC where his piece Shadow Street was premiered.
Music education forms the backbone of Graham's musical life. He very much enjoys working with young musicians and adults alike, in both private instruction and group settings. He is currently on faculty at Branksome Hall's Music Conservatory, and maintains his own studio in central Toronto, offering instruction on the double bass and electric bass, and in all areas of music theory and composition from basic rudiments to post-tonal analysis. He has more than a decade of teaching experience and welcomes students of all levels and all ages. His studio is fully equipped for high-end virtual instruction and he has students as far away as BC. Former students have gone on to study at prestigious institutions such as Berklee College of Music in Boston and the University of Toronto.
In 2016 Graham received his PhD from York University. He was awarded a prestigious SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for his dissertation research which focuses on the requiem mass. Graham also holds an MA from York and a BMus from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. He has been the recipient of numerous awards during his university studies including the Lawrence Heisey Graduate Award at York, and the Graham George Memorial Scholarship in Composition at Queen's.
Graham resides in Toronto's Christie Pits neighbourhood with his wife, cellist Erika Nielsen.