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"Meyer was a powerhouse on the podium. If I had just one word to describe his conducting, it would be muscular. In the Beethoven piece, his gestures were big and sweeping. His arms reminded me of a dancer in top shape extending a movement just farther than you thought possible. And in the piece’s more quiet and tender moments, he brought the orchestra along with a dramatic flair – but never (well, almost never) straying into melodramatic territory. He is a compelling figure on the stage, his hair whipping about, accenting every movement, and comes across as a commanding presence.

The audience ate it up." - Beethoven's Egmont Overture with the Fresno Philharmonic, THE FRESNO BEE, November 7, 2016

"Meyer will conduct the full 2016-17 season and a partial 2017-18 season, before he relinquishes his position with the Asheville Symphony. He has been a great director – successful in improving this orchestra through judicious personnel changes and consistent good guidance of the players. As the sponsoring society seeks a new music director, they have a much stronger orchestra to offer than they had twelve years ago. We can hope that the next director brings to the table a fraction of what Maestro Meyer has given us. I am missing him already." - Tchaikovsky with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, CVNC, September 17, 2016

"Meyer led one glorious tune after another with a sure hand, inspiring fine playing from the orchestra." - Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s Summermusik festival, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, August 14, 2016

"Meyer elicited committed response from the players and earned generous applause from the capacity audience." - Cincinnati Chmber Orchestra's Summermusik festival, RAFAEL DE ACHA, August 14, 2016

"The crown jewel of the concert was the performance of Daugherty's four-movement concerto based on four separate Hemingway novels. Meyer's careful direction and obvious, emotional investment in the piece produced many of the evening's finest moments." - von Weber, Dvořák, and Daugherty with the Asheville Symphony, CVNC, May 14, 2016

"Meyer is a master at directing the orchestra to establish a mood and have it linger past the sounding of the final notes..." - Mendelssohn, Strauss, and Beethoven w/ Asheville Symphony, CVNC, February 16, 2016

“The musical leadership of Maestro Meyer is inspiring and contributes much to the finesse of the performance – and probably to the undeniable popularity of the ‘Masterworks‘ series.“    - Ravel and Duke Ellington w/ Asheville Symphony, CVNC, May 9, 2015

“Meyer is wonderfully adept at establishing characterizations within the music. By freezing the orchestra in place at each movement’s end, he allows impressions to linger in the room once the music stops.“   - Dvorak 3rd Piano Concerto and 8th Symphony w/ Asheville Symphony, CVNC, February 14, 2015

“The piece began with shorter, hushed stringed phrases as an energetic Daniel Meyer intimately cued the entrances of each part of the orchestra. The ensemble seamlessly launched into louder, full and lively sections under Meyer’s quick and sharp direction... Daniel Meyer’s jovial and energized gestures guided the orchestra through the entirety of the piece.“   - Verdi, Sibelius and Beethoven w/ Asheville Symphony, CVNC, January 17, 2015

“The opening melody in the strings was beautifully synchronized by Meyer, who subtly communicated precision and expressiveness through his detailed baton strokes... Meyer demonstrated his mettle not only as a leader but also as a part of the orchestra.“   - Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich w/ Asheville Symphony, CVNC, May 10, 2014

“He is a dynamic personality whose passion for music making is evident in both his willingness to program less “accessible” works and in his ebullient conducting style... The energy Meyer summoned from both himself and the orchestra was extraordinary and brought members of the audience once again to their feet in waves of applause.“   - Bach, Beethoven, and Bartók w/ Asheville Symphony, CVNC, November 16, 2013

“With dynamic gestures and a stylish demeanor, the 40-year-old music director of the Asheville Symphony and Erie Philharmonic exacted a balanced, rhythmically vibrant, and richly blended sound from the orchestra... Much of his success with the orchestra resulted from his clear, demonstrative beat. Visually, his conducting is an exact replica of the music, so the orchestra‘s scrupulous response was no surprise.“   - Kernis, Rachmaninoff and Elgar, Alabama Symphony, THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS, June 1, 2013

“Conductor Daniel Meyer has worked his magic once again in this last concert of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s season, directing a riveting performance of what many music historians call the most important composition of the twentieth century, Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)...“   - Rite of Spring, Asheville Symphony, CVNC, May 11, 2013

“...Its broad sweep of meticulously interleaved themes, from the solo french horn’s glowing tendril in the poco allegretto movement to the monolithic stacked bastions of sound rising in the allegro, perfectly translated the Rhine River valley’s dance of pastoral and industrial...“   - Las Vegas Philharmonic, VEGAS SEVEN, April 8, 2013

“Guest conductor Daniel Meyer earned the enthusiastic accolades he received. His approach was graceful, but never overly romantic. He showed control of the orchestra’s resources along with thorough understanding of the music’s energy and direction.“   - Las Vegas Philharmonic, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, April 8, 2013

“...The hall exploded in the greatest ovation I have ever heard...“   - Asheville Symphony w/ Daniil Trifonov, CVNC, February 9, 2013

“...remarkable musicianship and grace throughout the entire evening, delivering yet another wonderful concert to the world.“   - Asheville Symphony and Daniil Trifonov, CVNC, February 9, 2013

“[Daniel Meyer] happily returned to take the reins this weekend, something he accomplished with a welcome aplomb. With the orchestra in top form, the collection of holiday tunes, both familiar and those less so, provided a dazzling array of musical ornaments in what turned out to be a warm celebration of the past and the future.“   - Holiday Pops, Heinz Hall, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, December 22, 2012

“[Meyer] started in full strength with an energetic account of ‘Merry Christmas‘... he dedicated the performance of the lullaby ‘Lully, Lulla, Lullay‘ to the victims of mass-killing in Newtown, Conn ... Meyer led an up tempo ‘Deck the Hall‘, which was not only more exuberant the usual.“   - Holiday Pops, Heinz Hall, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, December 21, 2012

"For their opening concert of this year's Masterworks series, Meyer and his excellent instrumentalists showed me what I have been missing in my four years in Raleigh. Meyer's choice of repertoire included some of the most dazzling music of the nineteenth and twentieth century. The technical demands of this music and the manner in which conductor, players and guest piano soloist exceeded these demands provided an evening of musical excitement and impeccable beauty."   - Asheville Symphony, John Adams, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, CVNC ARTS JOURNAL, September 17, 2011

"A grasp of clear structures and taste: any interpreter who wants to be convincing with works of musical Impressionism must have these two qualities above all. As the American conductor Daniel Meyer brought both to the Stuttgart Orchestra, he produced not only a thrilling German debut, but also conclusive evidence that yes, music can paint!"   - Stuttgart Orchestra, Ravel, Szymanowski, Mussorgsky, STUTTGARTER NACHRICHTEN, May 18, 2011

"A conductor with a delicate hand and cool passion...Two kindred souls came together in Daniel Meyer and Thomas Zehetmair... (they) and the brilliantly-prepared Stuttgart Orchestra put the greatest value on the transparency and intelligibility of the score...Superb."   - Stuttgart Orchestra, Ravel, Szymanowski, Mussorgsky, CANNSTATTER ZEITUNG, May 17, 2011

"Seeing how he has spurred the Stuttgart Orchestra to phenomenal achievements with only the most flowing signals and agile body language, one longs for more encounters with this young "charismatic"...Meyer is a powerfully-expressive creator, who unites musical culture with pointed characterization."   - Stuttgart Orchestra, Ravel, Szymanowski, Mussorgsky, STUTTGARTER ZEITUNG, May 16, 2011

"Seldom have I heard a concert that was this uniformly excellent and musically interesting, and one which connected to its audience in such a profound way...Kudos are richly deserved by the many principal players who did such outstanding solo work (especially principal horn Terry Roberts), and to Maestro Meyer for bringing out the best from the orchestra time and again."   - Asheville Symphony, Mozart & Strauss, CVNC ARTS JOURNAL, April 10, 2011

"Meyer's brisk tempi in the two Allegro sections resulted in some breathtaking string passagework against the soaring brass lines -- absolutely thrilling!“   - Handel, Gershwin, Shostakovich, Asheville Symphony, CVNC ARTS JOURNAL, February 28, 2010