Anne Akiko Meyers, violinist

                   

Anne Akiko Meyers, violinist
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"She played with an unfailingly sweet tone, molding her phrases like a singer."
~ The New York Times

"Vigorous mastery, unflinching technical skills and stylish elegance."
~ Los Angeles Times

Anne Akiko Meyers is celebrated around the world for her incredible artistry and ability to connect with audiences from the concert stage, online, television, and radio. She regularly performs as guest soloist with many of the world’s top orchestras, and is a best-selling recording artist who has released nearly 30 albums.

An avid commissioner of new repertoire, Meyers premieres works by Mason Bates and Somei Satoh this year. In 2013-14 Meyers’s performances include recital and concerto appearances in North and South America, Europe and Asia, and new recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra. Of special note are performances with the Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, and Richmond Symphony Orchestras of the Mason Bates violin concerto, a work she co-commissioned and premiered with the Pittsburgh Symphony in December, 2012.
In February 2014, Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, debuted at #1 on the classical Billboard charts. It also features the Vivaldi Triple Concerto (on which Meyers plays all three parts) and Arvo Part’s Passacaglia with the English Chamber Orchestra. This marks the recording debut of the ‘Ex-Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesu violin, dated 1741, which was recently awarded to Meyers for her lifetime use. This instrument is considered by many to be the finest sounding violin in existence. Watch the story here.

This fall, Ms.Meyers will release a recording with Leonard Slatkin and the London Symphony Orchestra featuring Concertos of Mason Bates and Samuel Barber and John Corigliano’s Lullaby for Natalie, which was written for Meyers’s first born daughter. In 2012, Air-The Bach Album debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts and was one of the most successful albums of the year.

A champion of living composers, Meyers has actively added new works to the violin repertoire by commissioning and premiering works by composers such as Mason Bates, Jakub Ciupinski, John Corigliano, Jennifer Higdon, Wynton Marsalis, Akira Miyoshi, Arvo Part, Gene Pritsker, Somei Satoh, and Joseph Schwantner.

Anne Akiko Meyers has collaborated with a diverse array of artists, including jazz icons, Chris Botti and Wynton Marsalis, avant-garde musician, Ryuichi Sakamoto, electronic music pioneer, Isao Tomita, pop-singing group, Il Divo and Michael Bolton. She performed the National Anthem in front of 42,000 fans at Safeco Field in Seattle, and appeared twice on The Tonight Show and was featured in a segment on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann that was named the third most popular story of the year.

A popular artist on public radio, she was recently a guest host on Chicago's WFMT with Lisa Flynn and was featured on NPR's Morning Edition with Linda Wertheimer and All Things Considered with Robert Siegel. Best-selling novelist, J.Courtney Sullivan, consulted with Ms. Meyers for The Engagements, and based one of the main characters loosely on Ms. Meyers’ career. She was featured on the popular NickJr. show, Take Me To Your Mother, with Andrea Rosen on the episode, 'Andrea Gets in Tune'.

Anne Akiko Meyers was also featured in a performance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Holland and 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 starred in ads for Tourneau. Michael Arad, the architect for the World Trade Center Memorial and Museum, also paired Anne's music in his winning submission entitled, Reflecting Absence. This design was one of 5,201 memorial submissions from 63 nations.

Anne Akiko Meyers was born in San Diego, California and grew up in Southern California. She studied with 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. She has been awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant and serves on the advisory board of Young Concert Artists. She lives with her husband and two young daughters in Austin, Texas.

Please visit Anne at:

facebook.com/anneakikomeyers

twitter.com/anneakikomeyers

youtube.com/anneakikomeyers
 

(May 2014. Please discard previously dated materials and contact publicity@colbertartists.com before making any alterations or cuts.)