Daniel Meyer

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.

He began the 2015-2016 season leading concerts with the Indianapolis Symphony and opened his season in Erie with a newly commissioned work for Cello and Orchestra by Michael Daugherty. He returns to Germany for concerts with the Wuettembergische Philharmonie, followed by concerts with the Tonkuenstler Orchestra in Vienna in a program of Golijov, Pleyel, and Schumann's Symphony No. 2. In the spring, Meyer returns to Vienna and to the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra to lead performances at the Konzerthaus of Bernstein, Brahms and Elgar.

Meyer's eclectic and groundbreaking programs in both Asheville and Erie include works this season by Richard Danielpour, Jennifer Higdon, and John Adams in and amongst the masterworks of Beethoven and Brahms, Dvorak and Schumann; the Metamorphoses of both Strauss and Hindemith; and great vocal works including the Mozart and Verdi Requiems, Beethoven's Mass in C, and a Gala concert performance of Loewe's My Fair Lady.

In Asheville last season, Meyer curated and led the inaugural Amadeus Festival, 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.

In recent seasons, Meyer has frequently conducted the Rochester Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony, as well as guest engagements with the 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.

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.

In 2003, Mariss Jansons invited Meyer to become 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, 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, Meyer received the Orchestral Conducting Honors Award and at Aspen was awarded the prestigious Conducting Prize from David Zinman.