Anne Akiko Meyers & Akira Eguchi

violin & piano

April 23, 2017, 4 PM

Music Room

A native of San Diego, California, and a graduate of Indiana University (where she was taught by Josef Gingold) and Juilliard (where her teachers included the legendary Felix Galimir and Dorothy DeLay), Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the most successful violinists of her generation. A passionate proponent of new works for her instrument—including, among many others, pieces by Jennifer Higdon, Arvo Pärt, and Einojuhani Rautavaara—she has also made a series of acclaimed recordings of core violin repertoire, from Vivaldi to Samuel Barber. This concert features the world premiere of Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium, written for Meyers.

PROGRAM:

LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Sonata No. 1 Op. 12 in D Major (1797-1798)

ARVO PÄRT (b. 1935)
Fratres (1977)

EINOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA (1928-2016)
Fantasia (2015)

Intermission

MORTEN LAURIDSEN (B. 1943)                                                                      
O Magnum Mysterium
     
A DC premiere for violin and piano

MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937)
Tzigane (1924)
     Lento, quasi cadenza

Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the world’s most celebrated violinists, known for her passionate performances, purity of sound and deeply poetic interpretations, innovative programming and commitment to commissioning new works. Meyers possesses a rare ability to connect with audiences from the concert stage, online, and on television and radio broadcasts and has actively maintained an extensive touring schedule for three decades. She regularly performs in recital, as guest soloist with many of the world’s top orchestras, and is a best-selling recording artist who has released 34 albums. In 2014, Meyers was the top-selling traditional classical instrumental soloist on Billboard charts.

This spring, Meyers returns to perform concertos by Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, and Szymanowski at the Cartagena Music Festival with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, Poland. Other performances include the Mason Bates Violin Concerto with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and a tour with the New Zealand Symphony this fall.

In 2015-16, Meyers appears in a nationwide PBS broadcast special and on a Naxos DVD featuring the world premiere of Samuel Jones’ Violin Concerto with the All-Star Orchestra led by Gerard Schwarz and the French premiere of Mason Bates Violin Concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the Orchestre de Lyon. She recently was awarded ‘The Luminary Award’ for her support of the Pasadena Symphony and two new recordings were released – Naïve Classics celebrates Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday with “Passacaglia: Arvo Pärt”, works for violin and orchestra whom she collaborated closely with the composer, led by Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Leipzig Orchestra and “Serenade: The Love Album”, an album featuring Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade and ten newly arranged pieces from the American Songbook and classic movies, with the London Symphony Orchestra, Keith Lockhart conducting.

Recently Meyers stepped in on 24 hours’ notice to perform and lead the conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in Carnegie Hall and Pennsylvania to rave reviews. In 2014, eOne Music released “The American Masters“, Ms. Meyers’s 30th release, featuring the world premiere recordings of the Mason Bates Violin Concerto and John Corigliano’s ‘Lullaby for Natalie’ (written for the birth of Ms.Meyers’s first born daughter) and the Samuel Barber Violin Concerto, with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. This recording made Google Play’s, Best of 2014 and was heralded by critics and audiences alike. Meyers’s prior release the Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, debuted at #1 on the classical Billboard charts and was the recording debut of the ‘Ex-Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesu violin, dated 1741, which was awarded to Meyers for her lifetime use. This instrument is considered by many to be the finest sounding violin in existence.

Meyers’s recent performances have included recital and concerto appearances in North and South America, Europe and Asia, with the Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, and Richmond Symphony Orchestras of the Mason Bates Violin Concerto, a work she co-commissioned and premiered with the Pittsburgh Symphony in December 2012. A champion of living composers, Meyers has actively added new works to the violin repertoire by commissioning and premiering works by composers such as Mason Bates, Jakub Ciupinski, John Corigliano, Brad Dechter, Jennifer Higdon, Samuel Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Akira Miyoshi, Arvo Pärt, Gene Pritsker, Einojuhani Rautavaara, J.A.C. Redford, Somei Satoh and Joseph Schwantner.

Anne Akiko Meyers 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, 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 the third most popular story of the year.

Recently, she was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, CBS’ “The Good Wife”, NPR’s Morning Edition with Linda Wertheimer and All Things Considered with Robert Siegel and the popular NickJr. show, Take Me To Your Mother, with Andrea Rosen. Best-selling novelist, J.Courtney Sullivan, consulted with Ms. Meyers for The Engagements, and based one of the main characters loosely on Ms. Meyers’s career. Meyers also collaborated with children’s book author and illustrator, Kristine Papillon, on Crumpet the Trumpet, where the character Violetta, the violinist, is played by Ms.Meyers.

Anne Akiko Meyers was born in San Diego, California and grew up in Southern California. Her teachers include 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 and serves on the advisory board of Composers Concordance and Young Concert Artists. Ms. Meyers lives with her husband and two young daughters in Austin, Texas.


Since making his highly acclaimed New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1992, Akira Eguchi has performed in the foremost music centers of the United States, Europe, and the Far East. His appearances in the United States include Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Also he has performed at Musikverein in Vienna, Barbican Centre in London, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Herkulessaal in Munich, Tonhalle in Zürich, and Concertgebouw at Amsterdam. Distinguished for his performances for heads of state, Eguchi has played for President Clinton presented by Isaac Stern at the White House, and for the Emperor and Empress of Japan at Hamarikyu Ashahi Hall in Tokyo. Eguchi has been featured in numerous tours of the United States, France, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Slovenia, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan, encompassing recitals and concerts with many of those countries' foremost ensembles. He is also known as a collaborative pianist for renowned violinists such as Gil Shaham, Anne Akiko Meyers, Akiko Suwanai, Kyoko Takezawa, Tamaki Kawakubo, and Reiko Watanabe amongst the others.

Currently 45 disks are available from Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Denon, Marquis Classics, Victor, IDC, BMG, Kosei publishing, Canary/Vanguard, AVEX, Octavia, and NYS Classics, including 11 solo albums, most of which have been selected as “the best newly released album of the month” from Recording Arts Magazine. He is privileged to use a legendary instrument, New York Steinway model “D75 (1912), which Maestro Horowitz played at his concerts in late '70th till ’83, currently owned by Takagi Klavier of Tokyo.

As an active composer, Eguchi's arrangements of Gershwin Piano Selections were published from Zen-On publishing company, and the piano trio version of Faure’s Après un rêve was published from International Music Company.

Born 1963 in Tokyo, Eguchi has received his Bachelor’s Degree in Composition from Tokyo National University of the Fine Arts and Music (renamed Tokyo University of the Arts), Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School. He has studied with Herbert Stessin, Samuel Sanders, Hitoshi Toyama, Akiko Kanazawa for piano, and Shin Sato, Akira Kitamura, Ichiro Mononobe for composition.

Eguchi was on the faculty member at CUNY Brooklyn College till spring of 2011. Currently, he lives in New York and Tokyo, serving as an Associate Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. He also teaches at Senzoku-Gakuen Music College in Japan as a guest professor.