Jessica Meyer, composer/viola

Photo Credit: Dario Acosta

With playing that is “fierce and lyrical” and works that are “other-worldly” (The Strad) and “evocative” (New York Times), Jessica is a GRAMMY – nominated violist and composer whose passionate musicianship radiates accessibility and emotional clarity.  Her first composer/performer portrait album in 2019 debuted at #1 on the Billboard traditional classical chart, where “knife-edge anticipation opens on to unexpected, often ecstatic musical realms, always with a personal touch and imaginatively written for the instruments” (Gramophone Magazine).  Recent premieres include works for the St. Lawrence String Quartet as the composer in residence at Spoleto Festival USA, CityMusic Cleveland, musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, Five Borough Songbook, Bangor Symphony as the winner of the 2nd Annual Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Composer’s Award, and the Argus Quartet as a winner of Chamber Music America’s Commissioning Program Award. Her first Symphonic Band piece was recently premiered by the President’s Own Marine Band, and her orchestral works have been performed by the Phoenix, North Carolina, Charlotte, and Vermont Symphonies, and all around the country as part of Carnegie Hall’s nationwide Link Up Program. Next season brings the premiere of “GAEA”, a concerto for herself and orchestra, as well as works for the Dorian Wind Quintet, the Hausmann Quartet, and Hub New Music.