Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers finished 2014 as the top-selling classical instrumentalist on Billboard. The strong success of Meyers’ 2014 releases, The Four Seasons and The American Masters, as well as her 2013 AIR: The Bach Album contributed to this achievement.
In April 2014, Meyers spoke to Strings magazine about what it’s like to own the world’s most valuable violin.
The American Masters–released on September 30—featured world premieres of two pieces written for her: Mason Bates’ Violin Concerto and the Lullaby for Natalie by Oscar and Grammy Award–winning composer John Corigliano. This recording also included Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, one of the most-beloved American violin concertos and a signature piece of Meyers. Leonard Slatkin, a champion of all three composers, conducted the London Symphony Orchestra.
The critically-heralded album also was named one of the Best of 2014 by Google Play and received rave reviews from the Chicago Tribune (“the most noteworthy new music encounter” of the year), Musical Toronto (“Anne Akiko Meyers plays everything on this CD with warmth and commitment, and with a commanding technique”) and the taste-making new music digital magazine I Care if You Listen (“effortless virtuosity”).
The American Masters was preceded by Meyers’s February 11, 2014 release of The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, which marked the recording debut of Guarneri del Gesù’s 1741 ‘Vieuxtemps’ violin, considered the best violin ever made. The album—which also contained Vivaldi’s Triple Concerto, with Meyers performing all three solo parts and Arvo Pärt’s Passacaglia—debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Classical Chart, was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and chosen by KDFC in San Francisco as one of their favorite albums of 2014. All Music Guide raved “it simply has very rarely had such a combination of soaring songfulness and sheer instrumental power.”
For more details about the albums and Anne Akiko Meyers’s 2015 concert appearances, please visit anneakikomeyers.com.