Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers to Join Faculty at Butler School of Music

July 9, 2009

AUSTIN,Texas — Internationally renowned violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will join the faculty of the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin in fall 2009. Meyers is one of the most celebrated violinists of our time, earning worldwide recognition as a soloist, chamber musician and educator.

"The University of Texas at Austin is proud to offer a home for the top creative minds of the world," said Provost Steven Leslie. "We strive to create a culture of excellence that generates intellectual excitement, transforms lives and develops leaders. A world-class talent, Anne Akiko Meyers sets the standard for artistic leadership and I am proud to welcome her to our faculty."

Audiences in Austin know Meyers from her recent solo appearance at the Butler School of Music's Starling Distinguished Violin Series and from her multiple performances with the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

"Anne Akiko Meyers is a celebrated concert violinist of the very highest order," said Doug Dempster, dean of the College of Fine Arts. "She performs with technical virtuosity that never overwhelms her musicality. She performs with an unmistakably lush tone that she uses to explore an adventuresome repertoire. I'm looking forward to her extraordinary standard of professionalism and artistry coming to The University of Texas at Austin."

Meyers' portfolio includes multiple premieres of works by composers such as David Baker, John Corigliano, Jennifer Higdon, Wynton Marsalis, Olivier Messiaen and Somei Satoh among others. She has recorded more than 20 albums, brings a commitment to teaching and new music, and remains a participant in community outreach programs around the world.

"I am thrilled at the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented faculty and build on the inspiration the Butlers have afforded The University of Texas at Austin," said Meyers. "I believe the students and quality of music making will be the talk of the world. I look forward to passing on the traditions that I learned from my mentors and incredible teachers throughout my life."

In addition to teaching master classes globally, she has been a panelist at the Juilliard-hosted Starling-Delay Symposium and has adjudicated numerous competitions. She was recently the first violinist to be named Regent's Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles.

"Ms. Meyers has achieved much in her 20 years of concertizing around the world," said B. Glenn Chandler, director of the Butler School of Music. "I am very pleased that she has decided to make our school the place where she will now focus her attention on passing those performance skills on to the next generation of young violinists."

In her concert career, Meyers has been a regular guest at some of the most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall. She has also performed with some of the world's most recognized orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, l'Orchestre de Paris, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Tokyo's NHK Symphony and the Vienna Symphony.

For more information, contact: Leslie Lyon, College of Fine Arts, 512 475 7033.

6 Comments to "Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers to Join Faculty at Butler School of Music"

1.  Mike DeBow said on July 13, 2009

Though I have not heard her before, congratulations to the Butler School of Music on bringing such an accomplished musician and music educator to The University of Texas at Austin's faculty. As a staff member who occasionally attends on-campus concerts, I look forward to hearing her in recital.

2.  Ken Kaneko said on July 15, 2009

I remember when Bill Townsend of Amati Foundation approached the Music School in 2005 about bringing Anne Meyers to The University of Texas at Austin. I think everyone thought it was a pipe dream that she'd consider moving to Austin. But now it is reality. A great win for UT and the reputation of the Butler School of Music. Thanks, Mr. Townsend. Thanks, Dr. Freeman. Thanks, Dr. Dempster.

3.  jack vaughan said on July 16, 2009

Anne, welcome to Austin and UT. I hope we will be able to hear you perform here in town again soon. You are clearly a great asset to our community.

4.  Richard Smith said on July 16, 2009

The Butlers' gift to the School of Music is having far-reaching and amazingly positive effects! With this trend, soon more of the most highly talented young Texan musicians will choose to study music at the Butler School of Music rather than heading to out-of-state conservatories.

5.  JC Fox said on July 16, 2009

Why is she pictured with a cello then?

6.  BETTY C. JUKES said on July 19, 2009

I am sure you will want her to do an outreach performance at my home! November, December or January.