Daniel Meyer, conductor


Daniel Meyer, conductor
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As Music Director of the Asheville Symphony and Erie Philharmonic, conductor Daniel Meyer has reinvigorated both orchestras with his innovative programs, engaging presence and keen musical intellect.

In the 2013/14 season, in addition to his work in Erie and Asheville, Meyer’s guest conducting engagements include the Rochester Philharmonic, the Hilton Head Symphony and a return to Europe at the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen.  He will also lead a double bill of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci with Asheville Lyric Opera and will lead the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra where he serves as artistic advisor.

Highlights of recent seasons include a critically acclaimed European debut with the Staatstheater Stuttgart Orchestra, with violinist Thomas Zehetmair, and guest engagements with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Alabama, Eugene and Knoxville, the Grand Teton Music Festival and Mozart’s The Magic Flute with the Asheville Lyric Opera.

Meyer has led the symphony orchestras Utah, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Youngstown, Lexington, Portland, Santa Barbara, Lansing, and Wheeling.  Summer festival appearances have included the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Aspen Music Festival orchestras, the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra.

In 2003, Mariss Jansons invited Meyer to become Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, where he served until 2009. He worked closely with Manfred Honeck, Mariss Jansons, Sir Andrew Davis, and Charles Dutoit.  He led the orchestra on tour; conducted performances with Pinchas Zukerman, Sarah Chang, and Marvin Hamlisch, among other notable soloists; and conducted the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Pastime a co-commission between Pittsburgh, the Atlanta Symphony and Brooklyn Philharmonic.

As music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Meyer led the PYSO on their first ever tour to China and an international tour to Vienna, Prague, Leipzig and Budapest.  Notable highlights also include the world premiere of David Stock's Clarinet Concerto with soloist Richard Stoltzman, and the world premiere of John Harbison’s Mary Lou: Four Symphonic Memories of Mary Lou Williams.

In 2002, David Zinman awarded Meyer the prestigious Aspen Conducting Prize, and invited him to return as Assistant Conductor and to lead a subscription performance at the Aspen Music Festival.

A native of Cleveland, Mr. Meyer is a graduate of Denison University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He composed and conducted works for ensembles at both schools, including a Stabat Mater for soprano, chorus and orchestra.  At Boston University, Mr. Meyer received the Orchestral Conducting Honors Award.  He also studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. 

He is married to the violist Mary Persin.

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