Master Class - Anne Akiko Meyers (violin)
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.
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