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Live in Studio 4A: Anne Akiko Meyers
Anne Akiko Meyers A multi-faceted violinist, Anne Akiko Meyers is well-versed in the standard repertory, but also actively seeks out new music to play. In the fall of 2002, she was soloist in the world-premiere of Somei Satoh's violin concerto with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra.

In November, 2001, Ms. Meyers displayed her versatility in a Studio 4A recital with music of Mozart, Gershwin, Satoh, and Charlie Chaplin. She was joined by pianist Audrey Andrist. Below, you can read her biography, browse related links, and listen to audio from the program.

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Selected Program Audio Excerpts

The Musician

On Dorothy Delay -- Anne Akiko Meyers discusses the rewards and frustrations of studying under the master

On her instrument -- Anne explains why she no longer plays a Strad

The Music

Mozart: Violin Sonata in G, K. 301
Somei Satoh: Birds in Warped Time 2
Ms. Meyers imitates the shakuhachi, a Japanese flute.
Charlie Chaplin: "Smile"
Music by the Little Tramp himself.
Gershwin: "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So"
Arranged for violin by the legendary Jascha Heifetz.

Related Links

  • Anne Akiko Meyers Web site

  • Anne Akiko Meyers discography

  • Somei Satoh biography

  • Strata -- Audrey Andrist's trio

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    Anne Akiko Meyers biography
    Performing with the world's leading orchestras, Anne Akiko Meyers has firmly established herself as one of the most dynamic and compelling violinists of her generation. She has dazzled audiences and critics with her unique artistry and impassioned music making. In North America she has captivated audiences appearing with the Baltimore Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico.

    Ms. Meyers' international career has taken her to many of the world's most prestigious venues. She has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Belgium's I Fiamminghi, the Berlin Radio Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Buenos Aires' Teatro Colon Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony, Madrid's RTVE Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre de Paris, Polish National Radio Symphony, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Residentie Orchestra of The Hague, Royal Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo's NHK Symphony, Vienna Symphony and the Warsaw Philharmonic. The distinguished list of conductors with whom she has collaborated includes Marin Alsop, Semyon Bychkov, Sergiu Comissiona, James DePreist, Ivan Fischer, Andrew Litton, Mariss Jansons, Neeme Jarvi, Zubin Mehta, Krzysztof Penderecki, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Leonard Slatkin, Hugh Wolff and David Zinman. Ms. Meyers has recorded for the RCA Victor Red Seal and RPO labels.

    Ms. Meyers' 2002-03 season features the world premiere of Somei Satoh's violin concerto with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra at Suntory Hall and a performance of Krzysztof Penderecki's Concerto No. 2 with the composer conducting the Malaga Symphony in Spain. She has been invited to appear with Kristan Järvi and the Absolute Ensemble at New York's Miller Theater, and will also perform with the Cincinnati Symphony with Paavo Järvi conducting, the Dallas Symphony with Claus Peter Flor, the Florida Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic with Yoav Talmi conducting. Ms. Meyers will make a highly anticipated return appearance at the Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and the RTVE Orchestra in Madrid, Spain.

    Highlights of the past season included the world premiere performance of "Angelfire," a violin fantasy written for Ms. Meyers by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner, with Marin Alsop and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. She appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the United States, and returned to the Far East to perform with the Hong Kong Philharmonic with David Atherton conducting. Ms. Meyers also toured Austria and Germany with the Polish Radio Symphony conducted by Antoni Wit, made her debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia and appeared as guest soloist with the Netherlands Radio Symphony and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski.

    Previous seasons have included performances at the Mostly Mozart Festival in Tokyo with Gerard Schwarz conducting and a tour of Belgium and the Netherlands with Peter Oundjian and the Nieuw Sinfonietta. She also appeared as part of the Leonard Bernstein celebration at the Lincoln Center Festival in 1998, and participated in a concert televised and broadcast throughout Europe playing the Sibelius Concerto with the RTVE Orchestra led by James DePreist. Recitals were performed in the Old Forbidden City in Beijing, Madrid and Ottawa.

    Ms. Meyers' highly acclaimed discography includes the Barber Violin Concerto and the Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and sonatas of Saint-Saëns and Fauré for RPO Records. Her RCA Victor Red Seal catalogue includes Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole" and Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy" with Jesus Lopez-Cobos and the Royal Philharmonic; the Franck and Strauss sonatas; and the Mendelssohn Concerto and other works with Andrew Litton and the Philharmonia Orchestra. She has also released two critically acclaimed recital discs: an album of encore pieces entitled "Salut d'Amour" and an album featuring works by Copland, Ives, Piston and David Baker with pianist André-Michel Schub. Her latest RCA disc featured both Prokofiev Violin Concertos with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony under Dmitri Kitaenko.

    Ms. Meyers is a frequent guest at the Aspen, Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Tanglewood and Bravo! Vail Valley festivals in the US and Miyazaki and Ishikawa festivals in Japan. Her television credits include numerous live performances throughout Europe and Asia, an A&E Network broadcast from the Casals Festival with the Montreal Symphony and Krzysztof Penderecki, a PBS broadcast concert with the Boston Pops Orchestra and John Williams, and appearances on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson, among many other programs. She has also been featured in numerous television commercials in the United States and Japan, and in the Anne Klein "Women of Substance" 1998 fashion campaign photographed by Annie Leibowitz.

    In 1993, at age 23, she was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the only artist to be the sole recipient of this annual award. She has studied with Alice Schoenfeld at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, Josef Gingold at Indiana University, and Masao Kawasaki and Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School. Ms. Meyers now makes her home in New York City.

    Courtesy of Milina Barry Public Relations