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Hailed by critics, media, conductors and audiences worldwide, Anne Akiko Meyers’ impassioned performances, compelling music making and mastery of a broad and varied selection of music have made her one of today's most sought-after violinists.

A renowned soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and educator, Ms. Meyers regularly performs throughout the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe, and has been a guest at some of the most prestigious orchestras and venues including Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Tanglewood, BBC Scottish Symphony, Boston Symphony, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, l'Orchestre de Paris, Minnesota Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo's NHK Symphony, Toronto Symphony and the Vienna Symphony. An avid supporter of contemporary composers, Ms. Meyers seeks to reach wider audiences through new works and showcasing under-performed or rarely heard music with a quest for experimentation and open dialogue. She has premiered works by David Baker, Mason Bates, John Corigliano, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Jennifer Higdon, Olivier Messiaen, Akira Miyoshi, Arvo Pärt, Manuel Ponce, Somei Satoh, and Joseph Schwantner.

2009/10 dates include performances with the China National Symphony in Beijing and Shanghai, a holiday tour with the wildly popular group “Il Divo”, and a return to the Toronto Symphony. Later this season Koch Records will release Meyers’ follow-up album to “Smile”, her critical and popular success in 2009. In summer 2009, Ms. Meyers joined David Lockington and the Utah Symphony for Mozart Concerto No. 3, with cadenzas written for her by Wynton Marsalis, and performed at the Britt Music Festival, the Amelia Island Music Festival and appeared in masterclass and recital in Coral Gables, Florida.

In 2008/09, Ms. Meyers performed with U.K.’s Birmingham Symphony, Andrew Litton conducting; returned to the BBC Scottish Symphony; and performed at the Cartagena International Music Festival, and with the Osaka Philharmonic. She played a recital tour of Japan in the fall, and performed Akira Miyoshi’s ‘En Passant’ and the Mendelssohn Concerto with the Japan Philharmonic at Suntory Hall. In Summer 2008 she played Bernstein’s ‘Serenade’ at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo as part of his 90th birthday celebrations.

Other recent highlights include performances with the Staatsphilharmonie Rhineland in Germany, the WarsawPhilharmonic, at the Miyazaki Festival, and a tour of Holland with the North Netherlands Orchestra performing the Beethoven Concerto with specially written cadenzas by DJ/electronica composer, Mason Bates.

Anne Akiko Meyers’ extensive discography can be found on the Avie, Camerata, Hyperion, Koch, Naxos, RCA Victor Red Seal and RPO labels. Her debut disc, at the age of 18, included the Barber Violin Concerto and the Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with Christopher Seaman and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. RPO Records recorded the sonatas of Saint-Saëns and Fauré. Her comprehensive RCA catalogue includes Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole and Bruch's Scottish Fantasy with Jesus Lopez-Cobos and the Royal Philharmonic; the Franck and Strauss sonatas; the Mendelssohn Concerto and a selection of other works with Andrew Litton and the Philharmonia Orchestra and Prokofiev Violin Concertos with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony under Dmitri Kitajenko. Sonata albums include Salut d'Amour featuring many encore pieces with classic Japanese folksongs and an album featuring works by Copland, Ives, Piston, and David Baker with pianist André-Michel Schub.

Recordings of works written expressly for Ms. Meyers include a live performance of the Somei Satoh Violin Concerto with Tetsuji Honna and the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra on the Camerata label, and 'Angelfire' by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Joseph Schwantner with Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on Hyperion. Naxos also released a performance of Jennifer Higdon's piano trio, featuring Ms. Meyers, live from the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. She also recorded Bruch’s Concerto No.1 live with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, with Hiroyuki Iwaki conducting, for Warner Classics Japan.

Ms. Meyers’ numerous television credits include an A&E Network telecast from the Casals Festival with the Montreal Symphony and Krzysztof Penderecki, a PBS broadcast with the Boston Pops Orchestra and John Williams, and an appearance on the "Emmy Awards Show". She was featured in a live global Internet broadcast with Keith Lockhart and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, performed in front of some 750,000 people during Sydney’s 250th Bicentennial celebrations, and has performed for dignitaries including the Emperor and Empress of Japan. At the age of 11, she performed twice on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. She has also been featured in numerous print and television ads, including the Anne Klein "Women of Substance" fashion campaign, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, that appeared in magazines around the world.

Anne Akiko Meyers studied with Alice and Eleanore Schoenfeld at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, Josef Gingold at Indiana University, and Felix Galimir, Masao Kawasaki and the late Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School. The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, she performs on the "Royal Spanish" Antonius Stradivarius violin, dated 1730, that once belonged to the King of Spain and endorses Thomastik-Infeld Vision Titanium strings. An active participant in community outreach programs across the U.S. and Japan, Ms. Meyers gives regular masterclasses and was a panelist at the Juilliard hosted Starling-DeLay Symposium. She was the first violinist to be named Regents Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, and joined the faculty of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin as Professor of Violin in fall 2009.

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