Our Artistic Director
As Artistic Director of the Westmoreland Symphony, Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic, and Director of Orchestral Activities at Duquesne University, conductor Daniel Meyer has reinvigorated orchestras with his innovative programs, engaging presence and keen musical intellect. This season, Meyer leads the WSO in a year-long celebration of the orchestra’s fiftieth anniversary season, including performances in the Palace Theatre, Greensburg Salem High School, and in downtown Greensburg and Ligonier.
In the 2018-2019 season, Meyer returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony and records the music of Hanson, Diamond, and Daugherty for the Bavarian Radio with the Bamberger Symphoniker in Germany. He debuts with Symphony Silicon Valley and returns to Cleveland’s BlueWater Chamber Orchestra in a three-concert partnership. Recent guest appearances include the Detroit Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Portland Symphony, Württembergische Philharmonie, Staatsorchester Darmstadt, and the Nuremberg Symphony.
Meyer’s eclectic and groundbreaking symphonic programs this season include works by Howard Hanson, Arvo Pärt, and John Adams, in combination with masterworks of Beethoven, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky; Copland’s Symphony No. 3 and great vocal works including Orff’s Carmina Burana and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem. Equally at home in opera and ballet, Meyer recently led new productions of Bernstein’s Candide, Handel’s Alexander’s Feast, and revival productions of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Meyer opens the WSO Season with young pianist Maxim Lando in Grieg and later welcomes violinist Chee-Yun to play music of Tchaikovsky, among other notable musical highlights.
As part of his highly-successful tenure as Music Director of the Asheville Symphony, Meyer created the Asheville Amadeus Festival, featuring sold-out weeks of film, lectures, community events, and concerts featuring pianist Emmanuel Ax in 2015 and violinist Midori in 2017. Another extension of his longtime dedication to music education and community involvement, Meyer created Beethoven 4/4, a four-year project focusing on the life and works of the great composer with the Erie Philharmonic. Performances this season include his Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No. 3, Symphony No. 5, and Gustav Mahler’s orchestration of String Quartet op. 95 ‘Serioso.’
In recent seasons Meyer has frequently conducted the Rochester Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony, as well as guest engagements with the Indianapolis, Columbus, Phoenix, Eugene, Alabama, and Knoxville Symphonies. At the Asheville Lyric Opera he led a double bill of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. His critically acclaimed European debut took place with the Staatstheater Stuttgart Orchestra and violinist Thomas Zehetmaier, and he returned to Germany soon after for concerts with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, and to Austria with the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna and the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra.
Meyer has led the symphony orchestras of Utah, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Youngstown, Lexington, Portland, Santa Barbara, Lansing, and Wheeling. Summer festival appearances have included the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Aspen and Grand Teton Music Festivals, the Chautauqua Festival and the Brevard Music Center.
Upon the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Meyer was Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, where he served until 2009. He worked closely with Manfred Honeck, Mariss Jansons, Sir Andrew Davis, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, led the Pittsburgh Symphony on tour, and conducted performances with Pinchas Zukerman, Sarah Chang, and Marvin Hamlisch, among other notable soloists. He also led the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Pastime, a co-commission of the Pittsburgh and Atlanta Symphonies and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
As music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Meyer led the PYSO on their first ever tour to China and an international tour to Vienna, Prague, Leipzig and Budapest in programs including the world premieres of David Stock’s Clarinet Concerto with soloist Richard Stoltzman, and John Harbison’s Mary Lou: Four Symphonic Memories of Mary Lou Williams.
A native of Cleveland, Mr. Meyer Studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and is a graduate of Denison University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He composed and conducted works for ensembles at both schools, including a Stabat Mater for soprano, chorus and orchestra. At Boston University, Mr. Meyer received the Orchestral Conducting Honors Award and was awarded the prestigious Aspen Conducting Prize from David Zinman. He received an honorary doctorate last year from Edinboro University.