Anne Akiko Meyers
Anne Akiko Meyers
Anne Akiko Meyers in California in November 2017. Photo by David Zentz.
|Born||May 15, 1970|
California, United States
|Origin||New York City|
|Labels||E1, Sony, RCA Victor Red Seal, Avie|
The daughter of an artist and a college president, Meyers was born in California. Her mother is of Japanese descent, and her father Jewish. Raised in Southern California, she studied with Shirley Helmick, and then with Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.
She then studied with Josef Gingold at Indiana University, and with Dorothy DeLay, Felix Galimir, and Masao Kawasaki at the Juilliard School in New York City. Graduating from Juilliard at age 20, she began touring internationally and recording.
Described as a child prodigy after her debut with a local community orchestra at the age of 7, she subsequently performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, twice on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson at age 11, the Emmy Award Show and the New York Philharmonic at age 12. When she was 16, Meyers signed with ICM Artists and began touring and recording. She recorded her first album in London at the Abbey Road Studios, featuring the Barber and Bruch Concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. After signing an RCA Victor Red Seal contract at the age of 21, she recorded an extensive discography.
Meyers has lifetime use of the 1741 Vieuxtemps Guarneri "del Gesu". She previously toured with a 1730 Stradivarius violin called the Royal Spanish, and a 1697 Stradivarius called the Molitor Stradivarius. In her recording of Bach's Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043, she plays both parts—one part on the "Royal Spanish" and the other on the "Molitor."
Meyers has performed as guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, and Orchestre de Paris. She also has played solo recitals in Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and Lincoln Center.
Meyers collaborated with the singer Michael Bolton. She was also the special guest violinist in Il Divo's Christmas Tour 2009 and toured with jazz and pop trumpeter Chris Botti in 2010. On September 11, 2015, Naïve Classiques released "Passacaglia" Works for violin and orchestra by Arvo Pärt with MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra (Kristjan Jarvi conducting), in celebration of Pärt's 80th birthday.
The Engagements written by novelist J. Courtney Sullivan is loosely based on Meyers's career; it was one of People Magazine's Top 10 Books of the Year in 2014. Meyers also played the violinist character, Violetta, in Crumpet the Trumpet by children's book author and illustrator, Kristine Papillon. Meyers’ recording of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Fantasia was the only classical instrumental work included by NPR in their list of 100 best songs of 2017.
Commissions and premieresEdit
Works written expressly for Meyers include the Somei Satoh Violin Concerto, recorded live with Tetsuji Honna and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in 2002 , and Angelfire by Joseph Schwantner, premiered live in 2002 at the Kennedy Center conducted by Marin Alsop and recorded in 2004 with Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Meyers asked the jazz star Wynton Marsalis to write cadenzas for her in Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, which she premiered with the Utah Symphony Orchestra in 2009. Meyers commissioned Mason Bates to write his first violin concerto, and she performed in the world premiere with Leonard Slatkin and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in December 2012. It was later recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin and released on Meyers’ 2014 album, The American Masters. She has performed the work with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
On September 30, 2014, Meyers released The American Masters, which includes two world premieres: Mason Bates's Violin Concerto and the Lullaby for Natalie by John Corigliano, written for the birth of her first-born daughter, Natalie. The album also includes Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto.
Meyers appeared in a nationwide PBS broadcast special aired in fall 2015 featuring the world premiere of Samuel Jones' Violin Concerto with the All-Star Orchestra led by Gerard Schwarz. The performance was also part of a Naxos Records DVD.
In September 2015, Meyers released Serenade: The Love Album, her 34th album, featuring Leonard Bernstein's epic Serenade. Meyers commissioned seven arrangers including Adam Schoenberg, Brad Dechter, J.A.C. Redford and Steven Mercurio to arrange ten love-inspired works from classic movies and the American Songbook. The seven arrangers were chosen to resemble the seven philosophers of Plato's Symposium, which Bernstein's Serenade is based on. The album was recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra with Keith Lockhart conducting.
Meyers performed the posthumous world premiere of Fantasia by Einojuhani Rautavaara, written for her, with the Kansas City Symphony conducted by Michael Stern in March 2017. Meyers met Rautavaara at his home in December 2015 to play the work for him. He died in July 2016 before its first public performance nearly a year later.
Adam Schoenberg’s first violin concerto, Orchard in Fog, written for Meyers, was premiered by her with the San Diego Symphony and conductor Sameer Patel in February 2018. The Violin Channel live-streamed the performance, acquiring the most views of any live video on the website to date.
In May 2020, Meyers released the world premiere recording of Arvo Pärt's Estonian Lullaby for violin and piano, which was dedicated to her. She also released an accompanying animated watercolor video, produced in collaboration with Skazka Studios.
Meyers' performance of The Vivaldi Four Seasons Album debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard charts when released on February 14, 2014.
Meyers was the top-selling classical instrumentalist of 2014 on Billboard's traditional classical charts.
|2020||Estonian Lullaby with Reiko Uchida||Avie Records|
|2018||Mirror in Mirror with Philharmonia Orchestra, Kristjan Järvi, and Akira Eguchi ||Avie Records|
|2018||Special release of Bernstein's Serenade (A live performance with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov)||BBC Music Magazine|
|2017||Fantasia: The Fantasy Album with Kristjan Järvi and the Philharmonia Orchestra||Avie Records|
|2016||Fantasia by Einojuhani Rautavaara (single) with Kristjan Järvi and the Philharmonia Orchestra||eOne|
|2016||Anne Akiko Meyers: The Complete RCA Recordings||RCA Red Seal|
|2015||Serenade: The Love Album with the London Symphony Orchestra & Keith Lockhart||eOne|
|2015||The Kristjan Järvi Sound Project – Arvo Pärt: Passacaglia with MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra & Kristjan Jarvi||Naïve Records|
|2015||All-Star Orchestra: Program 12: Mozart and a World Premiere with Gerard Schwarz||Naxos Records|
|2014||The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album||eOne|
|2014||The American Masters: Barber, Corigliano, Bates with the London Symphony Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin||eOne|
|2012||Air – The Bach Album with the English Chamber Orchestra||eOne|
|2011||Pride from Gems with Michael Bolton||Mointaigne / Legacy / Sony|
|2010||Seasons...Dreams with pianist Reiko Uchida and harpist Emmanuel Ceysson||eOne|
|2009||Smile with Akira Eguchi||Koch International Classics|
|2006||Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Live from Japan|
|2006||Jennifer Higdon Piano Trio. Live from the Vilar Center, Vail||Naxos|
|2005||Angelfire by Joseph Schwantner, 'Fantasy' for amplified violin and orchestra with Andrew Litton and Dallas Symphony Orchestra||Hyperion|
|2003||East Meets West (Japanese/French album) with Li Jian||Avie Records|
|2002||Kisetsu: Works By Somei Satoh 3 (Violin Concerto written for Meyers). Live with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra||Camerata Tokyo|
|2001||Romantic Violin||RCA Red Seal|
|2000||Violin for Relaxation||Sony Classical|
|1999||UltraSound Music for the Unborn Child||Sony Classical|
|1997||Franz Schubert in Performance from NPR||National Public Radio|
|1996||Classical Ecstasy||RCA Red Seal|
|1995||Sergei Prokofiev Violin Concertos with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra & Dmitri Kitayenko||RCA Red Seal|
|1995||The American Album||RCA Red Seal|
|1994||Salut d'Amour||RCA Red Seal|
|1993||Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and other works with the Philharmonia Orchestra & Andrew Litton||RCA Red Seal|
|1992||Franck and Strauss Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Rohan de Silva||RCA Red Seal|
|1991||Lalo: Symphonie espagnole; Bruch: Scottish Fantasy with the RPO & Jesus Lopez-Cobos||RCA Red Seal|
|1989||Saint-Saëns, Fauré: Violin Sonatas||Canyon Classics|
|1988||Barber/Bruch Violin Concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Christopher Seaman||Royal Philharmonic Orchestra|
Awards and honorsEdit
In 1993 at the age of 23, Meyers was the sole recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, which is awarded by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to up to five promising young artists each year.
Meyers lives with her husband and two daughters in Los Angeles, California.
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