Anne Akiko Meyers
Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the world’s premiere concert violinists. A
celebrated and versatile soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and
educator, she has collaborated with world-class musicians from both the
classical and popular worlds, commissioned and premiered new works, and
showcased under-performed works to new audiences.
In February 2012, Meyers's eagerly anticipated Bach Air album, recorded with the English Chamber Orchestra, will be released on eOne. Air features Bach’s violin concerti and the double concerto, for which Meyers recorded both parts, on her two Stradivari violins, the 1697 “ex-Napoleon/Molitor” and the 1730 “Royal Spanish.”
In June, Meyers was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by the Austin Critic's Table. In dates this season, she performs with the Tokyo Philharmonic (where she plays the Mozart G Major Concerto, with cadenzas composed for her by Wynton Marsalis) and the Santa Barbara Symphony. She also performs recitals with pianist Akira Eguchi in Tokyo and Fukuoka, Japan.
Last season, Meyers returned to the KBS Symphony (Korea) and the Dusseldorf Symphoniker, and performed the Mozart G Major Concerto, with Wynton Marsalis cadenzas, with the St. Louis and Grand Rapids symphony orchestras. To promote her critically acclaimed album, Seasons…dreams, she embarked on a national tour, with dates in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and elsewhere. At New York City’s Rubin Museum of Art, Meyers performed the world premiere of John Corgliano’s “Lullaby for Natalie”, commissioned to mark the birth of her daughter.
Meyers’s extensive discography is available on the Avie, Camerata, Hyperion, Koch, Naxos, RVA Victor Red Seal, RPH, Sony BMG and Warner Classics labels. Her debut disc, released when she was 18, includes the Barber Violin Concerto and Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, with Christopher Seaman and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Her catalogue of Red Seal Masterworks was re-released on iTunes last season. Other notable recordings include the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Andrew Litton and the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Prokofiev Concertos with the Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt, Somei Satoh’s “Kisetsu” and the Joseph Schwantner “Angelfire” fantasy for amplified violin and orchestra, both written for and premiered by Meyers.
Since making her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 11, Meyers has appeared with the Boston Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Tokyo’s NHK Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, and New York Philharmonic.
She has performed recitals throughout the U.S., and toured nationally with jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, and with pop-opera sensation Il Divo for special holiday concerts. A passionate advocate of expanding the repertoire, Meyers has premiered works by composers including David Baker, Mason Bates, Jakub Ciupinksi, John Corgliano, Roddy Ellias, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Jennifer Higdon, Wynton Marsalis, Oliver Messiaen, Akira Miyoshi, Arvo Pärt, Manuel Ponce, Somei Satoh and Joseph Schwantner.
Television credits include appearances on CNBC’s popular “Countdown with Keith Olbermann”; Meyers’s on-air performance of her newly-purchased “Molitor” Stradivarius violin (and an accompanying gag with host Olbermann), was named on the show’s “Best of 2010 Countdown”. She has appeared on an A&E telecast from the Casals Festival with the Montreal Symphony, a PBS broadcast with the Boston Pops Orchestra and John Williams, “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and the “Primetime Emmy Awards.” Meyers was featured in a performance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Holland that attracted an audience of 10,000, and performed in front of 750,000 people in Australia's Sydney Harbour, celebrating their 250th Bicentennial. She has performed for dignitaries including the Emperor and Empress of Japan and has been featured in numerous print and television commercials, including Anne Klein’s “Women of Substance” fashion campaign photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
Born in San Diego, California, Meyers began her studies at the age of four. She was a student of Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, Josef Gingold at Indiana University, and Felix Galimir, Masao Kawasaki and Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School. At age 23, Meyers was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the only artist ever to be the sole recipient of this annual prize.
In 2008, she was the first violinist to be a Regent’s Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles. Meyers was a panellist at the Juilliard School’s Starling-DeLay Symposium and has given masterclasses around the world. She plays on the “Royal Spanish” Stradivarius, dated 1730, and the “ex-Molitor/Napoleon” Stradivarius, dated 1697, believed to have been owned by Napoleon Bonaparte.