Artistic Director and
Founder of the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic (www.st-pcp.org)
Director of Orchestras, Ithaca College School of Music (www.ithaca.edu/music/)
Born in Chicago, Jeffery Meyer began his musical studies
as a pianist, and shortly thereafter continued on to study composition
and conducting. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the St. Petersburg
Chamber Philharmonic in St. Petersburg, Russia, as well as the Director
of Orchestras at the Ithaca College School of Music. Jeff is also the
Orchestra Director at LSM Academy and Festival, a summer festival for
talented high school musicians. He has appeared with orchestras in the
United States and abroad, including ensembles such as the Milwaukee Symphony
Orchestra and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. In recent concert seasons,
he has been seen conducting, performing as piano soloist and chamber
musician, as well as conducting from the keyboard in the United States,
Canada, Russia, and Germany.
An active participant in the music of our
time, he has collaborated with many composers, and commissioned and
premiered many new works. Recently he made his Glinka Hall conducting
debut in the final concert of the 43rd International Festival "St.
Petersburg Musical Spring",
featuring works by three of St. Petersburg’s most prominent composers.
He has been featured numerous times as both a conductor
and pianist as part of the “ Sound Ways” International New Music Festival
in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a pianist, Jeff has been in residence at
the Banff Centre for the Arts, and in residence at the Aspen Festival
as part of the Furious Band, a New York-based group dedicated to contemporary
music. He performs frequently with percussionist Paul Vaillancourt as
part of the piano and percussion duo Strike.
He has been broadcast on
CBC, has recorded and performed with the Philadelphia Virtuosi ( Naxos),
and has been heard as a soloist at the Aspen Festival. During the 2001–2002
academic year he lived and studied in Berlin and Leipzig as the recipient
of a DAAD grant in music, during which time he wrote incidental music
to David Mamet's Duck Variations, which was performed throughout Berlin
by the theater group Heimspieltheater.
He was selected as a semi-finalist
in the 2004 Pedrotti International Competition for Conductors, a finalist
in the 2003 Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition
and a semi-finalist in the 2003 Beethoven Sonata International Piano
Competition, Memphis, Tennessee. He was also recently selected to be
included in the 60th Anniversary Edition of Who’s Who in America.
In addition to performing in masterclasses for such artists
as Richard Goode, John Perry, Gyrgy Sebk, Robert McDonald, and Leon
Fleischer, he has studied chamber music with Julius Levine, Charles Neidich,
and Timothy Eddy. He has worked with conductors such as Gustav Meier,
Bridget Reischl, and Robert Spano. Jeff holds degrees in piano as well
as composition and completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance
with Gilbert Kalish at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Jeff is an active adjudicator, guest clinician, and masterclass
teacher. He has adjudicated throughout the United States, including Alaska,
as well as at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. He has served on
the faculties of the Dorian Keyboard Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp,
Marrowstone Music Festival, and Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival.