Anne Akiko Meyers
Violin superstar Anne Akiko Meyers is one of today’s most in-demand violinists, performing as guest soloist with the world’s top orchestras, presenting ground-breaking recitals, commissioning and performing new music, and releasing best-selling recordings. Anne was named Billboard’s top-selling traditional classical instrumental soloist in 2014 and her albums have debuted at #1 on Billboard classical charts. Meyers is known for her passionate performances, purity of sound, deeply poetic interpretations, innovative programming, and commitment to commissioning significant new works from living composers.
This September, Mirror in Mirror, her 37th album, releases on Avie Records and features compositions written or arranged for Ms. Meyers by Jakub Ciupiński, John Corigliano, Philip Glass, Morten Lauridsen, Arvo Pärt, and includes Ravel’s Tzigane, in the original luthéal version. In October, she appears in four performances to celebrate the opening of the new Arvo Pärt Centre in Estonia (by special invitation of the legendary composer himself) and her performance of “Schindler’s List” broadcasts in a Great Performances television special honoring John Williams. In December, she plays the premiere of Rautavaara’s Fantasia and Mason Bates’ Violin Concerto with the Helsinki Philharmonic with Jan Söderblom conducting in a worldwide live-streamed performance. In 2019, Anne returns to Japan to premiere Rautavaara’s Fantasia and tour with guitarist, Jason Vieaux, throughout the United States.
Anne recently premiered a new violin concerto, written for her by Adam Schoenberg, with the San Diego and Phoenix Symphony Orchestras and returned to Leipzig, Germany to premiere Rautavaara’s Fantasia with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra. Her recent recording of Rautavaara’s Fantasia was the only classical instrumental work to be selected on NPR’s 100 best songs of 2017. Other recent highlights include the world premiere of Fantasia by Einojuhani Rautavaara, a work written for her, and considered to be the composer’s final masterpiece, with the Kansas City Symphony conducted by Michael Stern; recitals in Florida, New York, Virginia, and Washington D.C.; a return to the Nashville Symphony to perform the Bernstein Serenade with Giancarlo Guerrero; performances at the Kanazawa Music Festival performing the Beethoven Concerto with cadenzas by Mason Bates; a tour of New Zealand performing the Mason Bates Violin Concerto with the New Zealand Symphony; and performances in Krakow and Warsaw, Poland of the Szymanowski Concerto and Jakub Ciupiński’s newly orchestrated, Wreck of the Umbria.
Other recent projects include a nationwide PBS broadcast special and a Naxos DVD featuring the world premiere of Samuel Jones’ Violin Concerto with the All-Star Orchestra led by Gerard Schwarz and two new recordings – Naïve Classics celebrating Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday and a box set of Anne’s RCA Red Seal discography on Sony Classics.
A champion of living composers, Meyers collaborates closely with many of today’s leading composers. She has expanded the violin repertoire by commissioning and premiering works by composers Mason Bates, Jakub Ciupiński , John Corigliano, Jennifer Higdon, Samuel Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Akira Miyoshi, Arvo Pärt, Gene Pritsker, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Somei Satoh, Adam Schoenberg, and Joseph Schwantner.
Anne 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; pop-era act, 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 that show’s third most popular story of the year.
Anne has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, CBS’ “The Good Wife,” NPR’s Morning Edition with Linda Wertheimer, and All Things Considered with Robert Siegel and recently curated “Living American” on Sirius XM Radio’s Symphony Hall with host, David Srebnik. She was on the popular Nick Jr. show, Take Me To Your Mother, with Andrea Rosen, and best-selling novelist, J. Courtney Sullivan, consulted with Anne for The Engagements and based one of the main characters loosely on her career. She also collaborated with children’s book author and illustrator, Kristine Papillon, on Crumpet the Trumpet, where the character Violetta the violinist is played by Anne.
Anne Akiko Meyers was born in San Diego and grew up in Southern California. She studied with 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, the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Colburn School of Music, and is on the advisory council of the American Youth Symphony Orchestra. She performs on the Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesù, dated 1741, considered by many to be the finest sounding violin in existence. She and the violin were recently featured on the cover of Strad Magazine in a two-part story.