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.
Guest appearances in the 2016/2017 season include the Detroit Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the West Virginia Symphony. In Europe he leads the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, the Staatsorchester Darmstadt, and the Nuremberg Symphony.
Meyer's eclectic and groundbreaking programs this season include works by David Diamond, György Ligeti, and Jennifer Higdon, in and amongst the masterworks of Beethoven, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky; Mahler's Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4; and great vocal works including Vaughan William's Dona Nobis Pacem, and Beethoven Symphony No. 9.
In March 2015, Meyer curated and led the inaugural 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 returns in 2017 with violinist Midori.
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.
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, 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 also serves as Artistic Director of the Westmoreland Symphony and is the new Director of Orchestral Activities at Duquesne University. danielmeyermusic.com