SPENCER MYER PIANO RECITAL
Friday 25 May - 17:30
Moravian Church, Greyton
R140 - tickets available at Computicket or at Information Bureau, Greyton
HATS OFF TO THE GENIUSES!
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School, SPENCER MYER (Bio below) has established a long and respected career as a recitalist, concerto soloist, lieder accompanist and chamber musician, performing in London's Wigmore Hall, New York's Weill and Zankel Recital Halls of Carnegie Hall and the Seoul Arts Centre of Korea. Since winning the First Prize in the 2004 UNISA International Piano Competition, Spencer has appeared in South Africa six times, in tours of recital and orchestral appearances, including the Five Beethoven Piano Concerti with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, the Two Ravel Concerti with the Kwa Zulu Natal and Cape Philharmonic Orchestras, and solo recitals in the major venues of Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and numerous other South African artistic centres. He is currently on the Piano and Collaborative Piano faculty of Boston's Longy School of Music of Bard College. EXTENDED BIOGRAPHY BELOW.
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HATS OFF TO THE GENIUSES!
Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809) Sonata in E Major, Hob. XVI: 31
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) The Four Scherzi
No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20
No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 31
No. 3 in C# Minor, Op. 39
No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
Lauded for "superb playing" and "poised, alert musicianship" by the Boston Globe, and labeled "definitely a man to watch" by London's The Independent, American pianist SPENCER MYER is one of the most respected and sought-after artists on today's concert stage.
Adding to his coast-to-coast credentials, Spencer Myer includes in his current season debuts with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Arizona’s Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and Colorado’s Grand Junction and Longmont symphony orchestras, as well as a return engagement with the Duluth Superior and Southeast Iowa symphony orchestras. His solo recitals and chamber music collaborations take him throughout the United States, and he continues as half of the Daurov/Myer Duo, having teamed up with the award-winning cellist Adrian Daurov in 2012. The Duo’s schedule includes a prestigious debut at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.
Spencer Myer's orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Boise, Dayton, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestras, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Baton Rouge, Indianapolis, Knoxville, New Haven, Phoenix, Santa Fe, Springfield and Tucson Symphony Orchestras, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Mexico's Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco and Beijing's China National Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with, among others, conductors Nicholas Cleobury, Leslie B. Dunner, Robert Franz, Bernhard Gueller, Jacques Lacombe, Jahja Ling, Timothy Muffitt, Kevin Rhodes, Lucas Richman, Klauspeter Seibel, Steven Smith and Victor Yampolsky. His 2005 recital/orchestral tour of South Africa included a performance of the five piano concerti of Beethoven with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, followed by return orchestra and recital tours in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2015.
Spencer Myer's recital appearances have been presented in New York City's Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y and Steinway Hall, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center and London’s Wigmore Hall, while many of his performances have been broadcast on WQXR (New York City), WHYY (Philadelphia), WCLV (Cleveland) and WFMT (Chicago). An in-demand chamber musician, he has appeared the past five summers at the Lev Aronson Legacy Festival in Dallas with cellists Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum, Amit Peled, Tom Landschoot and Brian Thornton, and has enjoyed a recurring partnership with the Miami String Quartet at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Other artistic partners include clarinetist David Shifrin, sopranos Nicole Cabell, Martha Guth and Erin Wall, the Jupiter and Pacifica string quartets and the Dorian Wind Quintet.
Spencer Myer's career was launched with three important prizes: First Prize in the 2004 UNISA International Piano Competition in South Africa, the 2006 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship from the American Pianists Association and the Gold Medal from the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition. He is also a laureate of the 2007 William Kapell, 2005 Cleveland and 2005 Busoni international piano competitions. He enjoys an esteemed reputation as a vocal collaborator since winning the 2000 Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition. Mr. Myer was a member of Astral Artists' performance roster from 2003-2010.
An enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians, Spencer Myer has served as a guest faculty at the Oberlin and Baldwin-Wallace Conservatories of Music, and in the fall of 2015, he was appointed Artist-Teacher of Piano and Collaborative Piano at Boston's Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Spencer Myer's debut CD for harmonia mundi usa - solo music of Busoni, Copland, Debussy and Kohs - was released in the fall of 2007 to critical acclaim by Fanfare and Gramophone magazines. He can also be heard on a composer-conducted Naxos CD in performances of three concerti from Huang Ruo's Chamber Concerto Cycle and in a performance of Ravel's Chansons madecasses, included on "Intimate Masterpieces," a 2013 CD featuring faculty and alumni of the Oberlin Conservatory and issued by Oberlin Music. Mr. Myer's most recent recordings -- "Bolcom: Selected Rags" and the Brahms Cello Sonatas with Brian Thornton -- were both released in January 2017 on the Steinway & Sons label.
Spencer Myer is a Steinway Artist.