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Spencer Myer

Spencer Myer

One of the most important American artists of his generation, SPENCER MYER has garnered stellar audience and critical acclaim from around the globe, rapidly establishing a significant and continuously expanding career.
Spencer Myer includes in his current season returns to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and New York City’s Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, as well as debuts with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Michigan’s Holland Symphony Orchestra, Ohio’s Springfield Symphony Orchestra and the Boise Philharmonic. Solo recitals and chamber music collaborations throughout the United States include a solo recital in Chicago as the 2014 MTNA National Convention Artist and a return to London’s Wigmore Hall. In 2012, he teamed up with the award-winning cellist Adrian Daurov to form the Daurov/Myer Duo.
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, Louisiana, Cape Town and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras, the Baton Rouge, Indianapolis, Knoxville, New Haven, Phoenix, Santa Fe and Tucson Symphony Orchestras, Mexico’s Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco and Beijing’s China National Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with, among others, conductors Leslie B. Dunner, Bernhard Gueller, Jacques Lacombe, Jahja Ling, Timothy Muffitt, Maurice Peress, Kevin Rhodes, Matthew Savery, Klauspeter Seibel, Steven Smith, Arjan Tien and Victor Yampolsky. In May 2005, his 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 2010 and 2012.
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 for the Performing Arts 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 avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with cellists Lynn Harrell and Ralph Kirshbaum, clarinetist David Shifrin, 2005 Cardiff Singer of the World winner Nicole Cabell, 2007 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition winner Martha Guth, and with the Blair, Jupiter, Manhattan, Miami and Pacifica String Quartets.
In 2004, Spencer Myer captured First Prize in the 10th UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, as well as special prizes for the best performances of Bach, the commissioned work, the semifinal round recital and both concerto prizes in the final round. He is also the Gold Medalist of the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition, and a laureate in the 2007 William Kapell, 2005 Cleveland, 2005 Busoni and 2004 Montréal International Piano Competitions. Winner of the 2006 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship from the American Pianists Association, Mr. Myer also received both of the competition’s special prizes in Chamber Music and Lieder Accompanying. He is also the winner of the 2000 Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, and subsequently enjoys a growing reputation as a vocal collaborator. Mr. Myer was a member of Astral Artists performance roster from 2003 to 2010.
An enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians, Spencer Myer has been a frequent guest artist at workshops for students and teachers, and has served on the faculties of the Baldwin-Wallace College and Oberlin College Conservatories of Music. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Julian Martin. Other teachers include Peter Takács, Joseph Schwartz and Christina Dahl. During the course of his undergraduate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he was the recipient of numerous awards from that institution, while, in 2000, he was named a recipient of a four-year Jacob K. Javits Memorial Fellowship from the United States Department of Education. His Doctor of Musical Arts degree was conferred by Stony Brook University in 2005.
Spencer Myer can be heard on the Dimension Records label, performing music of the late Cleveland composer Frederick Koch and on a composer-conducted Naxos CD in performances of three concerti from Huang Ruo’s Chamber Concerto Cycle. His debut CD for harmonia mundi usa – solo music of Busoni, Copland, Debussy and Kohs – was released in the fall of 2007. Mr. Myer’s most recent recorded performance is Ravel’s Chansons madécasses, included on “Intimate Masterpieces,” a 2013 CD issued by Oberlin Music featuring faculty and alumni of the Oberlin Conservatory.

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