Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Anne Akiko Meyers

Jan 29, 2015 7:00 pm

Touted as one of the world’s premier concert violinists, Anne Akiko Meyers is world-renown for her brilliance as an orchestral soloist and recording artist. The international classical sensation plays on one of the rarest violins in existence, “the Molitor,” valued at over ,000,000 and rumored to have once been owned by Napoleon Bonaparte himself. Named one of the top stories of 2010 on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Anne Akiko Meyers’s reputation as one of classical music’s brightest stars is only growing. Her performance at The Lyric Theatre this season will feature an intoxicating arrangement of works by some of the world’s greatest composers, including Bach, Vivaldi, and Arvo Pärt.

Born in San Diego, California, Meyers picked up the violin at a very early age, beginning her studies with Shirley Helmick in Southern California. A gifted young musician, Meyers performed with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 12. Anne Akiko Meyers continued her musical studies with Josef Gingold at Indiana University and later studied under Dorothy DeLay, Felix Galimir, and Masao Kawasaki at Juilliard in New York City. By the time she was eighteen, Meyers had recorded her first album with the Abbey Road Studios record label, which featured the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. When she was 23, Meyers received the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant for her outstanding achievements in classical music. Throughout her career, Meyers has performed with the Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, and Richmond symphonies. In 2012, she co-commissioned a concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony, which she premiered alongside with conductor Leonard Slatkin.

Anne Akiko Meyers’s experience extends beyond symphonic performances. The talented violinist has collaborated with major recording artists, including Chris Botti, Wynton Marsalis, and Ryuchi Sakamoto. She has appeared twice on The Tonight Show and has performed the National Anthem in front of 42,000 fans at the Safeco field in Seattle, Washington. Her most recent 2013/2014 tour took her across the world, from North America to Asia. This past year, Anne Akiko Meyers released the album The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, which features the Vivaldi Triple Concerto on which Meyers performs all three parts. Anne Akiko Meyers now lives in Austin, Texas and sits on the advisory board of the Young Concert Artists organization based in New York City.


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