DANIEL MEYER, CONDUCTOR
As Music Director of the Asheville Symphony and Erie Philharmonic, Daniel Meyer is recognized as one of the top young conductors of his generation. In his sixth season with the Asheville Symphony, Meyer has helped to reinvigorate the orchestra, enlivening the community with innovative, collaborative programs and a dedication to create and sustain an enthusiastic audience for classical music. His Friday afternoon Symphony Talks held at UNCA are a popular community staple. Committed to music education and young audiences, Meyer has developed a new series of Young People’s Concerts for students in western North Carolina. He also appears regularly on WCQS-FM and visits area schools, clubs, and civic organizations to promote the orchestra. Among the highlights this season in Asheville, Meyer introduces a new production of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with the NC stage Company, a new children’s concert based on Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and makes his Asheville Lyric Opera debut this fall conducting Mozart’s Magic Flute.
In successful tenures with the Pittsburgh Symphony as Resident Conductor and Pittsburgh Youth Symphony as Music Director, Meyer worked closely with Mariss Jansons, Sir Andrew Davis, Manfred Honeck, and Charles Dutoit, led the Pittsburgh Symphony on tour, and conducted performances with Pinchas Zukerman, Sarah Chang, and Marvin Hamlisch. With a talent for creative programming and a passion for connecting with audiences, he led the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Symphony with a Splash, an adventurous series designed for professionals, as well as a Sunday matinee series for families called Popular Classics.
Daniel Meyer has been featured on WQED-FM, KDKA-TV, in Pittsburgh Magazine, and has appeared as a guest lecturer at the Carnegie Mellon Business School. Meyer and the Pittsburgh Symphony were awarded the 2006 Bank of America Award for Excellence in Orchestra Education for their groundbreaking work with the Wilkinsburg community. He also designed and conducted an original series of concerts for the PSO based on popular children’s books to promote music and literacy.
In 2002, David Zinman awarded Meyer the prestigious Aspen Conducting Prize after his second season as a fellowship Academy Conductor at the Aspen Music Festival. His Aspen residency culminated in a performance at the Blossom Festival, where he made his debut conducting the Cleveland Orchestra. He subsequently served as Assistant Conductor and has led the Aspen Concert Orchestra.
As a champion of new music, Meyer has commissioned and premiered works by leading American composers. In Aspen, he conducted several world premieres, was featured on the Adventures in Listening new music series, and also appeared on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. In Pittsburgh, he led the world premiere of David Stock's Clarinet Concerto with soloist Richard Stoltzman, a new work by John Harbison, and Richard Danielpour’s Pastime, based on the lives of the great American ballplayers Jackie Robinson, Josh Gibson, and Henry Aaron.
This season Meyer returns as guest to conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony in December and makes his debut with the Eugene Symphony and Stuttgart Opera Orchestra. He has conducted the Cleveland, Utah, Forth Worth, San Antonio, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Santa Barbara and Wheeling Symphonies as well as orchestras at the Aspen Music Festival. He also debuted with the Fort Wayne, Richmond, Lexington, Portland, Youngstown and Lansing Symphonies. He was featured at the League of American Orchestra’s National Conductor Preview with the Jacksonville Symphony and made his debut at the Chautauqua Festival and Brevard Music Center in 2008. He has conducted gala performances at the Beijing National Performing Arts Centre, and has also led the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony on its first ever tour to China. Other highlights with the Youth Symphony include a special performance at the inaugural National Performing Arts Convention and a critically-acclaimed international tour to Vienna, Prague, Leipzig and Budapest.
A native of Cleveland, Meyer is a graduate of Denison University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He composed and conducted works for ensembles at both schools, including a Stabat Mater for soprano, chorus and orchestra. As a doctoral student at Boston University, Meyer received the Orchestral Conducting Honors Award. He also studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. He is married to violist Mary Persin.