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“Anne Akiko Meyers is the coolest thing to happen to the violin since Stradivari.”
Denver Post

One of the world’s most celebrated violinists, and one of classical music’s most successful and original recording artists, Anne Akiko Meyers possesses a rare ability to connect instantly with audiences. Besides appearing with the world’s best orchestras, she has collaborated with writers, video artists, jazz musicians, pop stars and more.

She brings that originality to 92Y in a program that revels in the fantastical. Alongside exuberant music by Beethoven and Ravel are evocative new works written especially for Ms. Meyers, including one of the late Einojuhani Rautavaara’s final works and Jakub Ciupinski's The Wreck of the Umbria, for solo violin and taped electronic accompaniment.

Anne Akiko Meyers, violin   
Akira Eguchi, piano

Fantasia: An Evening of Fantasy


BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata in D major, Op. 12, No. 1
ARVO PART: Fratres 

EINOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA: Fantasia (world premiere of arrangement for violin & piano, written for Ms. Meyers)
RAVEL: Tzigane  
MORTEN LAURIDSEN: O Magnum Mysterium (world premiere of arrangement for violin & piano, written for Ms. Meyers)
JAKUB CIUPINSKI: Wreck of the Umbria for electronics (written for Ms. Meyers)

 

This event is supported by Producers Circle members Sarah and Eric Lane. Learn more about the 92Y Producers Circle.

► Music video: Anne Akiko Meyers plays Winter from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

CBS Sunday Morning interviews Anne Akiko Meyers on the historic art of making violins, 1/25/15

 

► Interview with Anne Akiko Meyers on her collaboration with Arvo Pärt

Bio

Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the world’s most celebrated violinists. She possesses a rare ability to connect with audiences in her solo recitals, concerto performances with leading orchestras of the world, television and radio broadcasts, Web streaming and a discography of 34 albums.

Among her recent performance highlights, this past spring Ms. Meyers performed concertos by Vivaldi, Mendelssohn and Szymanowski at festivals in Cartagena, Puerto Rico and Warsaw. Last season she appeared in a PBS special, giving the world premiere of Samuel Jones’ Violin Concerto with the All-Star Orchestra, led by Gerard Schwarz. In February 2015 she stepped in on 24-hours notice to perform and lead the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in Carnegie Hall and Pennsylvania to rave reviews.

Ms. Meyers ranks as one of classical music’s most successful and original recording artists. Last October she was soloist in an all-Arvo Pärt disc with Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Leipzig Orchestra, celebrating the composer’s 80th birthday. One month earlier, she joined the London Symphony and Keith Lockhart to release Serenade: The Love Album, featuring Bernstein’s Serenade and ten classics of the American Songbook and legendary film themes in new arrangements. Her 2014 releases included Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, which debuted at No. 1 on the classical Billboard charts and marked the recording debut of her violin, the ‘Ex-Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesu violin, dated 1741, which was awarded to Ms. Meyers for her lifetime use.

Born in San Diego, Ms. Meyers has collaborated with authors, video artists, jazz musicians, pop stars and others. She received the Avery Fisher Career Grant and serves on the advisory board of Composers Concordance and Young Concert Artists. Her website is anneakikomeyers.com.

Photo: Christie Stockstill

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