Eastern Chamber Players

EMF Monday Chamber Series
Venue / Time
UNCG School of Music, Theatre, and Dance - Recital Hall
8:00pm
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Monday, July 24
Piazzolla
The Four Season of Buenos Aires

Spring
Summer

          Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
          Neal Cary, cello
          Marika Bournaki, piano

John Corigliano
Lullaby for Natalie

          Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
          Jason Vieaux, guitar

Jose Luis Merlin
Suite Del Recuerdo

Evocacion
Zamba
Chacarera
Carnavalito
Evocacion
Joropo

          Jason Vieaux, guitar

Piazzolla
The Four Season of Buenos Aires

Fall
Winter

          Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
          Neal Cary, cello
          Marika Bournaki, piano

Intermission
Brahms
Horn Trio in E-Flat major, op.40

Andante
Scherzo. Allegro
Adagio mesto
Finale. Allegro con brio

          Nigel Armstrong, violin
          Kevin Reid, horn
          William Wolfram, piano

ANNE AKIKO MEYERS is celebrated around the world for her artistry and ability to connect with audiences from the concert stage, online and in television and radio broadcasts. She regularly performs in recital and as guest soloist with many of the world's top orchestras and is a best-selling recording artist who has released 30 albums. Future highlights include performances with Leonard Slatkin and the Orchestre de Lyon, Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Leipzig Orchestra, a new recording with Keith Lockhart and the London Symphony Orchestra and recital and solo appearances throughout North America. An avid commissioner of new music, Meyers will premiere Mason Bates and Somei Satoh's music as well as new arrangements from the American Songbook music in numerous cities nationwide.

In recent seasons, Anne released The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album and Air, the Bach Album, on eOne Music. Both recordings debuted at No. 1 on the classical Billboard charts and received great critical acclaim. The Vivaldi Album was 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.

Meyers' performances have included recital and concerto appearances in North and South America, Europe and Asia, including 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. Meyers has collaborated with a diverse array of artists outside of traditional classical, including jazz icons Chris Botti and Wynton Marsalis, avant-garde musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, electronic music pioneer Isao Tomita, “popera” group Il Divo and singer 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 became the third most popular story of the year.

Meyers has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition with Linda Wertheimer and All Things Considered with Robert Siegel and has been regularly featured on Boston's WGBH, Chicago's WFMT, New York's WQXR radio and SiriusXM Radio. Best-selling novelist J.Courtney Sullivan consulted with Meyers for The Engagements, and based one of the main characters loosely on Meyers' career. She was also featured on the popular NickJr. show Take Me To Your Mother, with Andrea Rosen on the episode, 'Andrea Gets in Tune'.

Meyers was born in San Diego, California, and grew up in Southern California. Her teachers include 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 received the Avery Fisher Career Grant and serves on the advisory board of Composers Concordance and Young Concert Artists. Meyers lives with her husband and two young daughters in Austin, Texas.

Grammy-winner JASON VIEAUX, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” (NPR), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. His latest solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Vieaux is a 2017 artist-in-residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Recital highlights include performances at Caramoor, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Ravinia, 92Y, Bard Music, Strings Music Festival and many others.

Vieaux has performed as concerto soloist with over 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Houston, Toronto, San Diego, Fort Worth, Buffalo, Arkansas, Edmonton, Illinois, IRIS Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Vieaux recently gave world premiere performances of Visconti’s Living Language Guitar Concerto with the California Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Reading Symphony. This season, Vieaux will be concerto soloist with Columbus Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and New Mexico Philharmonic.

He has received a Naumburg Foundation top prize, Cleveland Institute of Music Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk series.

Vieaux has a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad. His solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America and at many of the important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.

Vieaux continues to bring important repertoire alive in the recording studio as well. Upcoming recording projects include a new album with Escher Quartet featuring Boccherini’s Guitar Quintet and Aaron Jay Kernis’ 100 Greatest Dance Hits (Azica), Jeff Beal’s Six Sixteen Guitar Concerto with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (BIS), and Jonathan Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto with the Nashville Symphony (Naxos).

Recent recordings include Infusion (Azica), a collaboration with bandoneonist Julien Labro featuring the duo’s original arrangements Leo Brouwer, Piazzolla, Radamés Gnattali, Pat Metheny, and Tears for Fears’ Everybody Wants to Rule the World; Ginastera’s Guitar Sonata, which is featured on Ginastera: One Hundred (Oberlin Music) produced by harpist Yolanda Kondonassis; and Together (Azica), a duo album with Kondonassis.

Vieaux’s previous albums include a recording of Astor Piazzolla’s music with Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra; Bach: Works for Lute, Vol. 1, which hit No. 13 on Billboard’s Classical Chart after its first week and received rave reviews by Gramophone, The Absolute Sound and SoundboardImages of Metheny, featuring music by American jazz legend Pat Metheny; and Sevilla: The Music of Isaac Albeniz, which made several Top Ten lists the year of its release. Vieaux’s albums and live performances are regularly heard on radio and internet around the world, and his work is the subject of feature articles in print and online around the world.

In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music, and in 2015 was invited to inaugurate the guitar program at the Eastern Music Festival. Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001.

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