Hailed by critics and audiences worldwide, Anne Akiko Meyers' impassioned performances, compelling music making and mastery of a broad and varied selection of music have made her one of today's most sought-after violinists. A renowned soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and educator, Meyers has been a regular guest at some of the most prestigious orchestras and venues.
Starting her studies at age four, Anne Akiko Meyers first performed with a local orchestra at the age of seven, then burst into national prominence at age eleven, when she twice performed on 'The Tonight Show' with Johnny Carson and appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The following year she made her New York Philharmonic debut with Zubin Mehta conducting. She was soon performing throughout the United States, Japan, Australia and Europe and by the time her debut disc of the Barber and Bruch violin concertos was released at age 18, Meyers was recognized as one of the stars of her generation.
Meyers' numerous television credits include an A&E Network telecast from the Casals Festival with the Montreal Symphony and Krzysztof Penderecki, a PBS broadcast with the Boston Pops Orchestra and John Williams, and an appearance on the "Emmy Awards Show". She was featured in a live global Internet broadcast with Keith Lockhart and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, performed in front of some 750,000 people during Sydney's 250th Bicentennial celebrations, and has performed for dignitaries including the Emperor and Empress of Japan. She has also been featured in numerous print and television ads, including the Anne Klein "Women of Substance" fashion campaign, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, that appeared in magazines around the world.
Her triumphant label debut on Koch International Classics highlights a beguiling program of the traditional and new. Stretching the boundaries of the classical recital, Meyers, with fellow Juilliard graduate, pianist Akira Eguchi, turns her renowned talents to Schubert's Fantasie, Op. 159, Arvo P�rt's Spiegel im Spiegel, the U.S. premiere of the Messiaen Fantasie, Piazzolla's Introduction et Angel and Milonga en Re "Tango," two ravishing arrangements of traditional Japanese folk songs, Kojo no Tsuki (Moonlight Over the Ruined Castle) and Haru no Umi (Sea in Spring), as well as startlingly personal renditions of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Chaplin's Smile. Meyers will perform recitals of the CD's repertoire with Eguchi at the University of Texas in Austin on April 23, 2009 and New York's Queens College on April 26, 2009. She also appears with orchestras this season throughout the U.S. as well as in Japan, the U.K. and Columbia.
In addition to her Koch debut, Meyers' extensive discography can be found on the Avie, Camerata, Hyperion, Naxos, RCA Victor Red Seal and RPO labels. A best-selling recording artist, she seeks to reach wider audiences through new works and showcasing under-performed or rarely heard music; recordings of works written expressly for her include a live performance of the Somei Satoh Violin Concerto with Tetsuji Honna and the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra on the Camerata label, and 'Angelfire' by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Joseph Schwantner with Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on Hyperion. Naxos also released a performance of Jennifer Higdon's piano trio, featuring Meyers, live from the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.
Anne Akiko Meyers studied with Alice and Eleanore Schoenfeld at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, with Josef Gingold at Indiana University, and Felix Galimir, Masao Kawasaki and the late Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School. The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, she performs on the "Royal Spanish" Antonius Stradivarius violin, dated 1730, that once belonged to the King of Spain.
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