Anne Akiko Meyers
Anne Akiko Meyers, one of the world’s most celebrated violinists, is known for her passionate performances, purity of sound, deeply poetic interpretations, innovative programming and commitment to commissioning new works. Anne possesses a rare ability to connect with audiences from the concert stage, online, and on television and radio broadcasts. She has actively maintained an extensive touring schedule for three decades and regularly performs in recital, as guest soloist with many of the world’s top orchestras, and is a best-selling recording artist who has released 34 albums. In 2014, Meyers was the top-selling traditional classical instrumental soloist on Billboard charts.
This year, Anne returns to the Cartagena Music Festival to perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra , the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico to perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, Poland, performing the Szymanowski Concerto No.1 and headlines the “Last Night of the Proms” in Krakow, Poland. Other performances include the Mason Bates Violin Concerto with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and a tour with the New Zealand Symphony.
In 2017, Anne will perform the world premiere of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s “Fantasia”, a piece written for her, with the Kansas City Symphony, conducted by Michael Stern. She will perform a recital at the 92nd Street Y in New York and return to the Nashville Symphony performing the Bernstein Serenade with Giancarlo Guerrero, among many other performances. Anne’s 35th album entitled, “Fantasia: The Fantasy Album”, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Kristjan Järvi, will be released in the spring on the eOne Music label.
In 2015-16, Anne appears in a nationwide PBS broadcast special and on a Naxos DVD featuring the world premiere of with the All-Star Orchestra led by Gerard Schwarz and the French premiere of Mason Bates Violin Concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the Orchestre de Lyon. Two new recordings and a box set were released – Naïve Classics celebrates Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday with “Passacaglia: Arvo Pärt”, works for violin and orchestra whom she collaborated closely with the composer, led by Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Leipzig Orchestra and “Serenade: The Love Album”, an album featuring Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade and ten newly arranged pieces from the American Songbook and classic movies, with the London Symphony Orchestra, Keith Lockhart conducting. Anne’s complete RCA Red Sealrecordings are now available on Sony Music.
Recently, Meyers stepped in on 24 hours notice to perform and lead the conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in Carnegie Hall and Pennsylvania to rave reviews. In 2014, eOne Music released “The American Masters” featuring the world premiere recordings of the Mason Bates Violin Concerto and John Corigliano’s ‘Lullaby for Natalie’ (written for the birth of Ms.Meyers’s first born daughter) and the Samuel Barber Violin Concerto, with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. This recording made Google Play’s, Best of 2014 and was heralded by critics and audiences alike. Anne’s prior release the Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, debuted at #1 on the classical Billboard charts and was the recording debut of the ‘Ex-Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesu violin, dated 1741, which was awarded to Meyers for her lifetime use. This instrument is considered by many to be the finest sounding violin in existence. Watch the story here.
Meyers’s recent performances have included recital and concerto appearances in North and South America, Europe and Asia, with the Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, National and Richmond Symphony Orchestras of the Mason Bates Violin Concerto, a work she co-commissioned and premiered with the Pittsburgh Symphony in December 2012. A champion of living composers, Meyers has actively added new works to the violin repertoire by commissioning and premiering works by composers such as Mason Bates, Jakub Ciupinski, John Corigliano, Brad Dechter, Jennifer Higdon, Samuel Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Akira Miyoshi, Arvo Pärt, Gene Pritsker, Einojuhani Rautavaara, J.A.C. Redford, Huang Ruo, Somei Satoh, Adam Schoenberg and Joseph Schwantner.
Anne Akiko 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, Il Divo and singer, Michael Bolton. She performed the National Anthem in front of 42,000 fans at Safeco Field in Seattle, 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.
Recently, she was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, CBS’ “The Good Wife”, NPR’s Morning Edition with Linda Wertheimer and All Things Considered with Robert Siegel and the popular NickJr. show, Take Me To Your Mother, with Andrea Rosen. Best-selling novelist, J.Courtney Sullivan, consulted with Ms. Meyers for The Engagements, and based one of the main characters loosely on Ms. Meyers’s career. Anne also collaborated with children’s book author and illustrator, Kristine Papillon, on Crumpet the Trumpet. where the character Violetta, the violinist, is played by Ms.Meyers.
Anne Akiko 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. She was recently awarded ‘The Luminary Award’ for her support of the Pasadena Symphony. Ms. Meyers lives with her husband and two young daughters in Los Angeles, California.