ABOUT THE ARTISTS
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.
Her recent performances 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.
Ms 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, 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.
eOne Music will release The American Masters, Ms. Meyers’s 30th release this fall, featuring the world premiere recordings of the Mason Bates Violin Concerto and John Corigliano’s ‘Lullaby for Natalie,’ (written for Ms. Meyers’ first-born daughter.) Also featured, is the Samuel Barber Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. In addition, she will make the world premiere of the Samuel Jones Violin Concerto with the All-Star Orchestra, conducted by Gerard Schwarz, in a nationwide PBS broadcast special to be aired in spring, 2015 and released on DVD by Naxos.
In recent seasons, Anne released the Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, and Air, the Bach Album, on eOne Music. Both recordings debuted at #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 Ms Meyers for her lifetime use. This instrument is considered by many to be the finest sounding violins in existence. Watch the story here.
Born and raised in Southern California. Ms. Meyers received the Avery Fisher Career Grant and serves on the advisory board of Composers Concordance and Young Concert Artists.
Pianist Max Levinson has performed as soloist with many of America's foremost orchestras. An accomplished chamber musician, he launched his career by winning First Prize at the Guardian Dublin International Piano Competition, the first American to achieve this distinction.
ON ANNE AKIKO MEYERS...
"Anne Akiko Meyers is the coolest thing to happen to the violin since Stradivari." Denver Post
A no-nonsense account...she vividly portrays the varying moods in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with playing that is quite remarkable in its dexterity and technical brilliance." The Strad Magazine
“A special gift from the moment she played the first note. She seduced us with her exquisite musical sensitivity and created continuous musical magic.” El Correro
“Vigorous mastery, unflinching technical skills and stylish elegance.” Los Angeles Times
“The way she gave each note a tiny story en route was enchanting-a splendid, breathtaking performance.” NZZ-Zurich
Anne Akiko Meyers - Summer, Vivaldi Four Seasons
HER FAMED VIOLIN
The Vieuxtemps Guarneri is a violin that is older than the United States of America — 273 years old, to be exact. It recently became the most expensive violin in the world, selling for an estimated $16 million. Its new owner anonymously donated the historic instrument to violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, on loan for the rest of her life.
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