Biography

 

Conductor Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer (photo: Brian Braun)

German conductor DIRK MEYER was just appointed Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Georgia, beginning with the 2017/18 season.

In addition Meyer serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) and Music Director of the Lyric Opera of the North (LOON).

In 2012 Meyer was named the winner of The American Prize in orchestral conducting. In frequent demand as guest conductor he has worked with many orchestras throughout the United States, including the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria in Syracuse, the Orlando Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony, Naples Philharmonic and The Florida Orchestra.

In Canada he has conducted the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. During the current season he is giving debuts with the East Texas Symphony, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts, and the Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Georgia.

Additionally Meyer continues his work with the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida as guest conductor. Having held different positions with this orchestra, Meyer has earned an outstanding reputation with musicians, audiences and critics, alike. His performances have been described as “mesmerizing” and “out of this world” and his personable and entertaining style has made him an audience favorite.

Maestro Meyer is the author of “Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Repertoire. A Catalog of Modern Music”, published by Scarecrow Press (2011). Providing conductors, librarians and administrators with performance information to about 4000 compositions, his book is the first entry in Scarecrow’s new series “Music Finders” edited by David Daniels.

Possessing a special interest in contemporary music Meyer established a new music series with the Sarasota Orchestra, leading world premiers by Miguel del Aguila, Silas Durocher and Eve Baglarian as well as the American premiers of works by Arvo Pärt, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Joby Talbot and Elliott Sharp. Audiences and critics have been equally enthusiastic about these concerts, praising Meyer’s “precise and expert direction” and stating that this series might have changed Sarasota’s musical scene forever.

Meyer has conducted many orchestras in Europe and abroad, including appearances in South Africa, the Czech Republic and Germany. In the operatic world he has led performances of Carmen and Don Giovanni with the Plovdiv Opera in Bulgaria and served as Assistant Conductor to the Michigan State University Opera Theatre, which he conducted in Puccini’s La Bohème and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.

From 2007 to 2011 Meyer served as Music Director to the Sarasota Youth Orchestras, a program that involves more than 250 students from Sarasota and the surrounding counties. In June of 2008 he gave his Carnegie Hall debut in New York City with the Sarasota Youth Philharmonic.

Prior to his appointments in Florida, Meyer served as Music Director to the Mason Symphony Orchestra and the Assistant Conductor of the Traverse Symphony in Michigan. Additionally he has led performances with the Jackson Symphony and the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra. He also held the position of Assistant Conductor to the Missouri Symphony Orchestra in Columbia.

Meyer has studied with teachers like Neeme Järvi and Jorma Panula and in addition he assisted with numerous productions at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Germany), as well as at the Vienna State Opera (Austria) and the Teatro Real in Madrid (Spain).

He holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters degrees in orchestral conducting from Michigan State University, where he worked with Leon Gregorian. At MSU he worked as Graduate Teaching Assistant from 2002 to 2006, during which time he led many performances with the university’s Philharmonic and Concert Orchestras.

He holds Bachelor’s Degrees from the Folkwang Conservatory in Germany (music) as well as the University Duisburg-Essen (philosophy).

Dirk is represented by Dispeker Artists.