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Anne Akiko Meyers

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An international artist renowned for her impassioned music making, technical brilliance and compelling stage presence, Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the most sought after violinists performing today. She has forged a successful career in both the performance and recording arenas, appearing with the world’s pre-eminent conductors and leading symphony orchestras. Her insightful interpretations of both traditional and contemporary repertoire attract worldwide critical acclaim.

The opening of Ms. Meyers’s 2003-04 season will feature a much anticipated recital at New York’s Lincoln Center. This engagement will coincide with the launch of her new recording for the AVIE label featuring works by Satoh, Debussy, Messiaen, Takemitsu and Ravel. Ms. Meyers continues her commitment to performing and expanding the works of living composers with Joseph Schwantner’s “Angelfire,” a fantasy written especially for her. The world premiere took place at the Kennedy Center, where she joined Marin Alsop and the National Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Meyers will have another opportunity to perform “Angelfire” this June with Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony; they will go on to record the work together for the Hyperion label. Other highlights include concert appearances at the Caramoor Festival, the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego and the Bargemusic series in New York.

The 2002-03 season saw the world premiere of Somei Satoh’s violin concerto with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra at Suntory Hall in Japan. The performance was recorded live for the Camerata label and is due to be released later this year. In March, Ms. Meyers appeared as a soloist with pianist Joseph Kalichstein and Kristjan Järvi’s Absolute Ensemble at New York’s Miller Theatre for the world premiere of Ezequiel Viñao’s tone poem, “Saga.” Ms. Meyers also returned to the Kennedy Center as a guest artist with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Roberto Abbado. Additional concerts were with the Cincinnati Symphony and Paavo Järvi, the Dallas Symphony with Claus Peter Flor, the Colorado Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic with Yoav Talmi conducting. Abroad, Ms. Meyers was featured in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s Museum Square concert with Keith Lockhart conducting. This performance attracted an audience of 10,000 on the Square, was broadcast live throughout Europe, and streamed on the internet; it can be seen and heard on Ms. Meyers’s website: She also made a highly anticipated return appearance at the Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and the RTVE Orchestra in Madrid. Ms. Meyers returned to her roots at The Juilliard School this past spring to give a recital and master class in the Starling-Delay Symposium, an intensive educational workshop organized to honor the memory of Dorothy DeLay.

In recent seasons, Anne Akiko Meyers has appeared with an outstanding number of American orchestras including: the Baltimore Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony, the National Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Her global reputation has led to solo appearances and tours with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Belgium’s I Fiamminghi, the Berlin Radio Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre de Paris, the Polish National Radio Symphony, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague, the Royal Philharmonic, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo’s NHK Symphony, the Vienna Symphony and the Warsaw Philharmonic.

On stage in the music capitals of the world, Ms. Meyers enjoys performing with a distinguished line up of conductors, including Marin Alsop, Semyon Bychkov, Sergiu Comissiona, James DePreist, Ivan Fischer, Andrew Litton, Mariss Jansons, Neeme Jarvi, Zubin Mehta, Krzysztof Penderecki, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Leonard Slatkin, Hugh Wolff and David Zinman. She has also premiered a number of works by composers such as Roddy Ellias, Jennifer Higdon, Somei Satoh, Joseph Schwantner and Ezequiel Viñao.

Anne Akiko Meyers has built an admirable discography on labels such as RCA Victor Red Seal and RPO. Highlights include the Barber Violin Concerto and the Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with Christopher Seaman and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and sonatas of Saint-Saëns and Fauré for RPO Records. Her RCA catalogue is comprehensive and includes Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole” and Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” with Jesus Lopez-Cobos and the Royal Philharmonic; the Franck and Strauss sonatas; the Mendelssohn Concerto and a selection of other works with Andrew Litton and the Philharmonia Orchestra and Prokofiev Violin Concertos with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony under Dmitri Kitaenko. Sonata albums include “Salut d’Amour” with some Japanese folksongs, and an album featuring works by Copland, Ives, Piston and David Baker with pianist André-Michel Schub.

Ms. Meyers has complemented her career with live broadcasts of performances throughout America, Europe and the Far East. Her television credits include an A&E Network telecast from the Casals Festival with the Montreal Symphony and Krzysztof Penderecki, a PBS broadcast with the Boston Pops Orchestra and John Williams and her appearances on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson attracted national attention. Ms. Meyers’s performance of the Sibelius Concerto led by James DePreist and the Bruch Concerto with Leopold Hager and the RTVE Orchestra was televised across Europe.

Outside the traditional concert world, Anne Akiko Meyers’s talent has been widely recognized. She has been featured in numerous television commercials in the United States and Japan, and in 1998 was selected to be photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the winning Anne Klein “Women of Substance” fashion campaign that appeared in magazines around the world. On newsstands this past spring, she was featured in Lifetime Network’s new monthly magazine.

Anne Akiko Meyers is a popular figure at international music festivals and has been a frequent guest at the Aspen, Hollywood Bowl, Ishikawa, Mainly Mozart, Miyazaki, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Tanglewood, and Bravo! Vail Valley festivals. Previous seasons have included performances at the Mostly Mozart Festival in Tokyo with Gerard Schwarz conducting and a tour of Belgium and the Netherlands with Peter Oundjian conducting the Nieuw Sinfonietta. She was invited to participate in the Leonard Bernstein celebration at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York in 1998, and a memorable recital tour also took Ms. Meyers to the Old Forbidden City in Beijing, Madrid and Ottawa.

Born in San Diego, and of American and Japanese heritage, Anne Akiko Meyers’s dynamic and compelling music making has catapulted her to the top of her generation. In 1993, at age 23, she was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the only artist to be the sole recipient of this annual award. Ms. Meyers studied with Alice Schoenfeld at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, Josef Gingold at Indiana University, and Masao Kawasaki and Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School. She now makes her home in New York City. More information on Ms. Meyers may be found at

National Symphony Orchestra: Hugh Wolff, conductor: Anne Akiko Meyers, violin, plays Bates / Works by Barber & Ives