Our Artistic Director
As Music Director of the Asheville Symphony and Erie Philharmonic, conductor Daniel Meyer has reinvigorated both orchestras with his innovative programs, engaging presence and keen musical intellect.
In the 2017-18 season, Meyer returns to the Rochester Philharmonic, Portland Symphony and debuts with Cleveland’s BlueWater Chamber Orchestra. Recent guest appearances include the Detroit Symphony, Bamberger Symphoniker, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Württembergische Philharmonie, Staatsorchester Darmstadt, and the Nuremberg Symphony.
Meyer’s eclectic and groundbreaking symphonic programs this season include works by Howard Hanson, Arvo Pärt, and John Corigliano, in and amongst the masterworks of Beethoven, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky; Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra and great vocal works including Orff’s Carmina Burana and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Equally at home in opera and ballet, Meyer leads new productions of Bernstein’s Candide, Handel’s Alexander’s Feast, and revival productions of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Meyer opens the ASO season in collaboration with pianist Yefim Bronfman on Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, ushers in 2018 with Sharon Isbin and the music of Rodrigo, and closes the Erie season with a commission of Philip Glass’ Piano Concerto and pianist Simone Dinnerstein.
In 2015, Meyer led the inaugural Asheville Amadeus Festival with the Asheville Symphony, a sold out week of film, lectures, community events, and concerts featuring Emmanuel Ax – an extension of his longtime dedication to music education and community involvement. The festival returned to acclaim in 2017 with violinist Midori. Meyer has also initiated Beethoven 4/4, a four-year project focusing on the life and works of the great composer with the Erie Philharmonic. Performances this season include his Triple Concerto, Piano Concerto No. 4, Symphony No. 5, and Choral Fantasy.
In recent seasons Meyer has frequently conducted the Rochester Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony, as well as guest engagements with the Indianapolis, Columbus, Phoenix, Eugene, Alabama, and Knoxville Symphonies. At the Asheville Lyric Opera he led a double bill of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. His critically acclaimed European debut took place with the Staatstheater Stuttgart Orchestra and violinist Thomas Zehetmaier, and he returned to Germany soon after for concerts with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, and to Austria with the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna and the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra.
Meyer has led the symphony orchestras of Utah, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Youngstown, Lexington, Portland, Santa Barbara, Lansing, and Wheeling. Summer festival appearances have included the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Aspen and Grand Teton Music Festivals, the Chautauqua Festival and the Brevard Music Center.
Upon the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Meyer was Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, where he served until 2009. He worked closely with Manfred Honeck, Mariss Jansons, Sir Andrew Davis, and Charles Dutoit. He led the Pittsburgh Symphony on tour; conducted performances with Pinchas Zukerman, Sarah Chang, and Marvin Hamlisch, among other notable soloists; and conducted the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Pastime, a co-commission of the Pittsburgh and Atlanta Symphonies and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
As music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Meyer led the PYSO on their first ever tour to China and an international tour to Vienna, Prague, Leipzig and Budapest in programs including the world premieres of David Stock’s Clarinet Concerto with soloist Richard Stoltzman, and John Harbison’s Mary Lou: Four Symphonic Memories of Mary Lou Williams.
A native of Cleveland, Mr. Meyer Studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and 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. At Boston University, Mr. Meyer received the Orchestral Conducting Honors Award and at Aspen was awarded the prestigious Conducting Prize from David Zinman. He received an honorary doctorate last year from Edinboro University and was appointed new Director of Orchestral Activities at Duquesne University.