Anne Akiko Meyers performs with Il Cannone Soloist Edition for violin.
Reviews of the sound that our Il Cannone sets deliver include: ‘Noble and powerful. A biting tone with real punch. Highly colourful with many intricate harmonics. Clear. Open. Brilliant. A very fast and easy response especially in spicatto.’
In 2021, Anne performed the globally acclaimed world premiere of Fandango, Arturo Márquez’s mariachi-inspired concerto, with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and with Giancarlo Guerrero and the Seattle Symphony. This fall, Anne rejoins Maestro Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for additional performances of Fandango at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and brings the work to many additional cities around the country. This year, Anne performs the world premiere of Michael Daugherty’s Blue Electra about American icon, Amelia Earhart, with Gianandrea Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.
Anne has premiered new music with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Seattle, Washington D.C., Helsinki, Hyogo, Leipzig, London, Lyon, and New Zealand, among others. She has worked closely with Arvo Pärt (Estonian Lullaby), Einojuhani Rautavaara (Fantasia, his final complete work), John Corigliano (cadenzas for the Beethoven Violin Concerto; Lullaby for Natalie), Arturo Márquez, Michael Daugherty, Mason Bates and Adam Schoenberg (violin concertos), Jakub Ciupiński, Jennifer Higdon, Samuel Jones, Morten Lauridsen, Wynton Marsalis, Akira Miyoshi, Gene Pritsker, Somei Satoh and Joseph Schwantner.
Anne is highly acclaimed as a television and recording artist, starting with two nationally televised appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Evening At Pops with John Williams in the 1980s. She was the top-selling traditional classical instrumental soloist of the year in 2014 and the only classical artist for NPR’s 100 best song list in 2017. John Williams personally chose Anne to perform Schindler’s List for a Great Performances PBS telecast and Arvo Pärt invited her to perform at the opening ceremony concerts of his new centre and concert hall in Estonia.
Meyers premiered Samuel Jones’s Violin Concerto with the All-Star Orchestra led by Gerard Schwarz in a nationwide PBS broadcast special and a Naxos DVD release. Her recording of Somei Satoh’s Birds in Warped Time II was used by architect Michael Arad for his award-winning design submission which today has become The World Trade Center Memorial in lower Manhattan. This May, Avie Records released Shining Night with world premieres and new arrangements by J.S. Bach, Brouwer, Corelli, Ellington, Piazzolla, Ponce, and Lauridsen, with pianist Fabio Bidini and guitarist Jason Vieaux. Anne also performs and records J.S. Bach and Lauridsen works with Grant Gershon and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Meyers made headlines when the 1741 ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesu, was given to her on lifetime loan. One of the most important violins ever made by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, it belonged to Belgian violinist, Henri Vieuxtemps during the 19th century and is considered to be one of finest violins in existence for its powerfully luxuriant sound and mint state of preservation. The violin and Anne were recently featured in a two-part cover story in The Strad Magazine. She loves Francois Xavier Tourte (1747-1835) bows and is usually found running around the airport with her backpack violin case strapped to her back.
Outside of traditional classical, Anne has collaborated with a diverse array of artists 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 T-Mobile Park in Seattle and at Dodger Stadium. She has been featured in profiles or performances on CBS Sunday Morning, Countdown with Keith Olbermann (in a segment that was the third most popular story of that year), CBS’s “The Good Wife,” NPR’s Morning Edition with Linda Wertheimer, and All Things Considered with Robert Siegel, and she curated “Living American” on Sirius XM Radio’s Symphony Hall.
“Meyers’ playing is what it always has been: a national treasure. She is a musical wizard, with astonishing access to every kind of expressive color. Whether within a phrase or on just a single note, she can change tone color in a micro-second from smooth grain to rough, from dark to radiant, from thoughtful to assertive. And she can, like magic, bring new work to vibrant life”
San Diego Union-Tribune
Anne has been featured in commercials and advertising campaigns including J.Jill, Northwest Airlines, DDI Japan, and TDK and was the inspiration for the main character’s career path in the novel, The Engagements, written by popular author, J. Courtney Sullivan. She collaborated with children’s book author and illustrator, Kristine Papillon, on Crumpet the Trumpet; appeared as the character Violetta the violinist; and recently appeared in a documentary about legendary radio personality, Jim Svejda. Anne was born in San Diego and grew up in Southern California where she and her mother traveled 8 hours roundtrip from the Mojave Desert to Pasadena for lessons with Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. She continued her studies with Josef Gingold at Indiana University and moved to New York at the age of 14 to study with Felix Galimir, Masao Kawasaki, and legendary teacher, Dorothy DeLay, at the Juilliard School. She has received the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Colburn School of Music, and the Luminary Award from the Pasadena Symphony, and is on the advisory council of the American Youth Symphony. Meyers performs on the Ex-Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesù, dated 1741, considered by many to be the finest sounding violin in existence. Anne lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.
Anne Akiko Meyers
Shining Night is based on a poem by James Agee and describes a man going on a walk and thinking back over his life. That inspired this collection of pieces that metaphorically begins in the morning and explores the vast musical history through Baroque, Romantic, Popular, and current genres. The common themes throughout the music reflect on one’s relationship with nature, love, and poetry.
Arturo Márquez’s Fandango at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel.
Anne Akiko Meyers
Please visit anneakikomeyers.com to find out more about the artist including forthcoming events and a portfolio of images, videos and recorded audio.
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