Paul Meyer, clarinet/conductor

Conductor, Wind Instrument

Biography

Paul Meyer divides his activities between conducting, solo recitals and chamber music.

Appointed associate conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra by Myung Whun Chung himself, from 2006 to 2012, Paul Meyer conducted over thirty symphonic programs and, in collaboration with the Music Director, established an Orchestral Academy designed to prepare young musicians for orchestral discipline. In 2009, Paul Meyer was appointed Principal Conductor of the Kosei Orchestra in Tokyo, with which he explores contemporary repertoire and gives concerts in Tokyo (Tokyo Opera City), as well as touring in Japan and abroad.

This season, Paul Meyer will conduct the following orchestras : Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Danish Symphony Orchestra, Tonkünstler Niederösterreich, Prague Philharmonic, Skopje Philharmonic, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Württembergisches Kammerorchester, the Tokyo Kosei Orchestra... His career as a soloist has taken him to Tokyo, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, as well as the Concertgebouw and Salle Pleyel in Paris. He will also be premiering concertos by Thierry Escaich and Edith Canat de Chizy.

In recent seasons, Paul Meyer has conducted the following orchestras:

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Marseille, Orchestre de Bordeaux, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre de Bretagne, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Taipeh Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Taïpeh, Sinfonia Varsovia, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonietta de Lisboa, Orcestra Giuseppe Verdi di Milano, Russian National Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Hamburger Sinfoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Graz Symphony Orchestra, … .

English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Stuttgart Kammerorchester, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Münchener Kammerorchester, Orchestre de chambre de Genève, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Stockholm Chamber Orchestra, … .

As a soloist Paul Meyer has performed with the major orchestras, including: Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Paris, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie- Orchester Berlin, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, ... .

Paul Meyer’s recording activities include more than 40 cds with major labels such as DGG, Sony, RCA, EMI, Virgin, Alpha and Aeon which have won numerous awards: Fono-Forum, Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Gramophon, Grammy Awards, … . Paul Meyer’s most recent recording as a conductor, with the Brussels Philharmonic, features works by John Corigliano and Eliott Carter. It will be released by Aeon in autumn 2012. Other new releases include his recording under the Alpha label of Louis Spohr’s 4 clarinet concertos with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and, under the Ambitus label, Joseph Haydn’s horn concertos, with the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester.

Paul Meyer is a very active performer of contemporary music and many concertos have been composed for him, including works by Penderecki, Jarrell, Chen, Berio, Escaich and Dusapin. Contemporary repertoire also features regularly in his performances as guest conductor. Peter Eötvös has been commissioned to write a clarinet concerto which will be premiered in 2018 during the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

Paul Meyer was born in Mulhouse in 1965. He made his debut in 1982, at the very young age of 17, as laureate of the prestigious Eurovision Contest. In 1983, he was appointed principal clarinet with the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, then with the Ensemble intercontemporain in 1984 and with the Opéra de Paris in 1985. He soon left these orchestras to begin an international career as soloist. Simultaneously his passion for conducting led him early on to study with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux school in Maine, John Carewe (professor of Sir Simon Rattle and Daniel Harding, among others) with whom he worked as assistant at the Northern Junior Philharmonic, as well as assistant of Marek Janowski at the Philharmonique de Radio France and Emmanuel Krivine.

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