Anne Akiko Meyers, violinist
Anne Akiko Meyers. Photo by David Zentz download

Anne Akiko Meyers celebrates John Williams for the GRAMMYs

On Friday, October 5,  PBS Great Performances airs violinist Anne Akiko Meyers‘s performance in tribute to composer John Williams as part of a GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends concert.  She plays the theme from Schindler’s List with the American Youth Symphony and David Newman.

Anne Akiko Meyers honors John Williams

Watch the performance during the special tribute concert on PBS at 9 p.m. this Friday, October 5 (check your local listings), or look for it online starting the next day via pbs.org/gperf. (Watch a preview of the concert here.)

Anne began the 2018/2019 season with a captivating rendition of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto (cadenzas by Mason Bates) with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra:

“…Meyers brought out the distinct personality of every note, going from quivering uncertainty to determined assertion. It was breathtaking to watch.”

Cathalena E. Burch. Arizona Daily Star

Her newest album, Mirror in Mirror, was released in September. Recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Kristjan Järvi, along with pianists Akira Eguchi and Elizabeth Pridgen, Mirror in Mirror features works by Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, John Corigliano, Morten Lauridsen, Jakub Ciupinski, and the lutheal version of Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane.  A deeply personal journey, this album took over ten years to create and two years in two different studios to record.

This month Anne will perform at the opening of the new Arvo Pärt Centre in Estonia on October 12 and 13, at the invitation of the composer.  And in December she takes Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Fantasia for violin and orchestra to Rautavaara’s home at the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, which will also include Mason Bates’s Violin Concerto (both commissioned by and written for Ms. Meyers).