Jeffery Meyer has captivated audiences throughout North America, Europe, Russia, and Asia with a passion for championing contemporary orchestral music and groundbreaking collaborations. His programming has been awarded multiple prizes including three ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming and two Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Awards in Orchestral Programming.
He is professor of music in orchestral conducting at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as well as Artistic Partner with the Northwest Sinfonietta, one of the Northwest United States’ most dynamic orchestras. Artistic Director of the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic for two decades, his work with the orchestra was noted for its breadth and innovation. Praised as “one of the most interesting and creatively productive conductors working in St. Petersburg” by Sergei Slonimsky, the orchestra’s American debut with three performances at Symphony Space’s Wall-to-Wall Festival in New York City were described by The New York Times as “impressive”, “powerful”, “splendid” and “blazing.”
Recent and upcoming projects and appearances include a newly-developed multi-media performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Petrushka with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong with soprano Dawn Upshaw, a world premiere of Carlos Simon’s Graffiti performed and recorded alongside internationally renowned graffiti artists, a theatrical symphonic concert focused on themes of social justice developed in collaboration with Daniel Bernard Roumain and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, the world premiere recording of Laura Kaminsky’s Piano Concerto with pianist Ursula Oppens, a new, semi-staged production of Nkeiru Okoye’s Invitation to a Die-In, nearly one dozen world premieres of new works, and engagements with the Sichuan Symphony, Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, and the Grossman Ensemble in Chicago.
Passionate about working with young musicians and music education, Meyer is an active adjudicator, guest clinician, and masterclass teacher. Prior to his appointment at the Jacobs School, he led the acclaimed orchestral programs at Arizona State University and Ithaca College. He has given masterclasses throughout the United States as well as Canada and Asia, and recently led conducting masterclasses at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, Tianjin Conservatory, the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna and the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Meyer holds degrees in piano as well as composition and completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance with Gilbert Kalish at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
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