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.

He begins the 2014/15 season with return engagements at the Rochester Philharmonic and leads a week of Strauss and Bartok with the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra, culminating in concerts in Vienna and Bratislava. In Asheville, Meyer curates the Amadeus Festival, a week of Mozart events and concerts with Emmanuel Ax. In both Asheville and Erie he continues the mission of programming 20th/21st century American works by John Adams, Anne Clyne, Jennifer Higdon, and Duke Ellington amongst the masterworks of Beethoven and Bartok, Dvorak and Ravel.

In recent seasons Meyer has conducted the Rochester Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh, Columbus, Phoenix, Eugene, Alabama, and Knoxville Symphonies. At the Asheville Lyric Opera he led a double bill of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci as well as Mozart’s The Magic Flute. His critically acclaimed European debut took place with the Staatstheater Stuttgart Orchestra and violinist Thomas Zehetmaier, and he returned to Germany for concerts last season with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen.

Meyer has led the symphony orchestras of 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 and Grand Teton Music Festivals, the Chautauqua Festival and the Brevard Music Center.

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 Pittsburgh Symphony 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 of the Pittsburgh and Atlanta Symphonies and the 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 in programs including the world premieres of David Stock's Clarinet Concerto with soloist Richard Stoltzman, and 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. 

Daniel Meyer makes his home in Pittsburgh with his wife, violist Mary Persin, and their son, Leo.

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