Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the world’s premiere concert violinists. She regularly performs as featured soloist with orchestras around the world, including the Boston Symphony, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Minnesota Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo's NHK Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vienna Symphony and the Warsaw Philharmonic.
In the 2012/2013 season, Meyers gave the world premiere of Mason Bates’ first violin concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the Pittsburgh Symphony and later in the season with Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony. She performed Barber’s Violin Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; with the New West Symphony as their season opening concert; with the Phoenix Symphony, where she also performed the Bach Double Violin Concerto, and with Taiwan's Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra led by Mei Ann Chen.
Other dates included the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Andrew Litton and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra; the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 (with special cadenzas written for her by Wynton Marsalis) with the Reno Philharmonic; the Asian American Chamber Music Society of Dallas, and a duo recital at the Constella Festival with pianist Wendy Chen. At the Montecito International Music Festival, she gave a masterclass and performed the Arensky Trio and Mendelssohn Octet in a special tribute to her teacher, Alice Schoenfeld.
In 2012, Meyers' eagerly anticipated Bach “Air” album was released on eOne to critical acclaim. Featuring Bach’s solo violin concerti as well as the double concerto where Meyers played both solo parts on the 1697 ex-“Napoleon/Molitor” and the 1730 'Royal Spanish' Stradivari violins with the English Chamber Orchestra, “Air” was received with great popular and critical acclaim. Her other recent releases include “Seasons...dreams,” which included several world premieres, and “Smile,” released in 2009. Both recordings topped the Billboard charts.
In recent seasons, Meyers has performed across North America, Europe, Korea, and Japan, working with the Saint Louis Symphony, Dusseldorf Symphoniker, Korean Broadcasting Symphony and the Tokyo Philharmonic and many other orchestras. She performed a special benefit recital for “Play For Japan” in San Francisco that was broadcast around the world on the Internet, and joined Ryuichi Sakamoto at New York's Japan Society to raise funds for the Japan Earthquake Fund.
Over the years, Meyers has collaborated with pop singing sensation Il Divo, top jazz artists such as Chris Botti, and Wynton Marsalis, who composed cadenzas for her in Mozart’s G Major Violin Concerto. She performed the National Anthem to 42,000 fans at Safeco Field before the Mariners-Red Sox game in Seattle.
Meyers’ has recorded extensively for lables including Avie, Camerata, eOne/Koch, Hyperion, Naxos, RCA Victor Red Seal, RPO, Sony and Warner Classics. 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.
A passionate advocate of expanding the repertoire, Ms. Meyers has regularly performed and commissioned new compositions, premiering works by composers such as David Baker, Mason Bates, Jakub Ciupinski, John Corigliano, Roddy Ellias, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Jennifer Higdon, Wynton Marsalis, Olivier Messiaen, Akira Miyoshi, Arvo Part, Manuel Ponce, Gene Pritsker, Somei Satoh, and Joseph Schwantner.
Meyers' television credits include a feature on MSNBC's “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” a segment that was so popular it was named the No. 3 story of 2010. An A&E Network telecast from the Casals Festival with the Montreal Symphony, a PBS broadcast with the Boston Pops Orchestra and John Williams and her appearances on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and the “Emmy Award Show” attracted national attention. She was featured in a performance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Holland that drew an audience of 10,000 and was globally broadcast live on the Internet. Meyers also performed in front of 750,000 people in Sydney, Australia's Harbour, celebrating their 200th Bicentennial, and has performed for dignitaries including the Emperor and Empress of Japan. She has been featured in numerous print and television commercials including Anne Klein’s “Women of Substance” fashion campaign that appeared in magazines around the world and was photographed by Annie Leibovitz and recently starred in ads for Tourneau.
Ms. Meyers was also recently awarded a lifetime loan of the 1741 "Ex-Vieuxtemps" Guarneri Del Gesu and also performs on the “Ex-Napoleon/Molitor” Stradivarius violin from 1697 and the 'Royal Spanish' Stradivarius violin dated 1730.
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