As Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic, Daniel Meyer has reinvigorated both orchestras with innovative programming and a dedication to create and sustain enthusiastic audiences for classical music. In his continuing commitment to Erie and northwest Pennsylvania, Meyer develops new youth concerts for thousands of area schoolchildren, appears as a regular guest on WQLN radio, JET and WICU TV, frequently presents to local schools, civic clubs, ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum, and continues to broaden the Philharmonic’s reach through performances at Edinboro University, the Erie Art Museum, and the Academy Theatre in Meadville. His monthly presentations at Springhill are popular community events, where he introduces the coming symphonic concert’s music.
For the 16-17 season, Meyer inaugurates the Philharmonic’s new Beethoven 4/4 project, a four-year festival featuring the great symphonic, concerto and choral works of Beethoven leading up to Beethoven’s 250th birthday. This season features a special performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with internationally-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax in residency with the Philharmonic for five days. Meyer continues to collaborate with some of the finest artists in classical music, inviting artists Demarre McGill, Sari Gruber, Soyeon Kate Lee, and concertmaster Ken Johnston to make solo appearances with the Philharmonic. This 103rd season begins with a special outdoor performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on Perry Square and ends with the music of Vaughan Williams and vocalists from the Pittsburgh Opera.
In his role as Music Director of the Asheville Symphony, Meyer conducted a new CD recording titled 'The Asheville Symphony Sessions,' an intriguing collaboration with Asheville's top popular artists recorded at Echo Mountain Studios. This season, he will lead the second Asheville Amadeus Festival, featuring a week residency and gala finale performance with violinist Midori.
As a guest conductor, Meyer’s appearances this season include a return to the Württembergische Philharmonie and a live radio broadcast with the Rochester Philharmonic, as well as debuts with the Detroit Symphony, Staatsorchester Darmstadt, Nüremberg Symphoniker, Fresno Philharmonic, and West Virginia Symphony. Other engagements this season include subscription concerts with the Westmoreland Symphony, where he serves as Artistic Director and at Duquesne University, where he will serve as Director of Orchestral Activities. Meyer recently returned to the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra, and made acclaimed debuts with the Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and Southwest Florida Orchestra. He also led the Indianapolis Symphony, the Neue Philharmonie in Germany, the Columbus Symphony, and led the Pittsburgh Ballet in a special performance of Swan Lake. At the Asheville Lyric Opera, Meyer conducted new productions of Suor Angelica, Pagliacci, Magic Flute and Carousel and led the finals of the 2014 Hilton Head International Piano Competition.
Meyer made his critically-acclaimed European debut in 2011 with the Staatstheater Stuttgart Orchestra and violinist Thomas Zehetmair. His major summer festival appearances have included the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Aspen Music Festival, the Chautauqua, Brevard, and Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestras.
In 2003, Mariss Jansons invited Meyer to become Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He worked closely with Maestro Jansons, Manfred Honeck, Sir Andrew Davis, and Charles Dutoit, led the Pittsburgh Symphony on tour, and conducted performances with Pinchas Zukerman, Sarah Chang, and Marvin Hamlisch, among other notable soloists. He also led the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Symphony with a Splash, a series designed for professionals, as well as a Sunday matinee family series called Popular Classics.
A passionate advocate for music education and community engagement, Meyer has developed a series of youth concerts based on popular children’s books to promote music and literacy. He was awarded the Bank of America Award for Excellence in Orchestra Education for his groundbreaking work with the Pittsburgh Symphony and has also appeared as a guest lecturer at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. In 2007, he led the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Pastime, based on the lives of the great American baseball players Jackie Robinson, Josh Gibson, and Henry Aaron.
As Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Meyer led the ensemble on their first ever tour to China. In 2004, he led the Youth Symphony in a special performance at the first National Performing Arts Convention and conducted the orchestra on an international tour to Vienna, Prague, Leipzig and Budapest. He also led the orchestra in the world premiere of David Stock's Clarinet Concerto with soloist Richard Stoltzman, and conducted the premiere of a new work by John Harbison in May 2009.
David Zinman awarded Meyer the prestigious Aspen Conducting Prize in 2002, and invited him to return as Assistant Conductor and to lead a subscription performance at the Aspen Music Festival. Committed to new music and contemporary composers, Meyer conducted several premieres at Aspen, was featured on the Adventures in Listening new music series, and has appeared on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.
A native of Cleveland, Meyer studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. He is a graduate of Denison University, where he recently received the Distinguished Alumnus Citation 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 last May he received an honorary doctorate from Edinboro University.