Gold Medalist of the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Spencer Myer is garnering stellar audience and critical acclaim from around the globe, rapidly establishing himself as one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation.
Following a summer that included an another encore with the Miami String Quartet at Ohio’s Kent/Blossom Music, returns to the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival and Mendocino Music Festival, additional concerts with the artists of Chamber Music Quad Cities and a debut at Spain’s Gijon International Piano Festival, Spencer Myer includes in his current season debuts with the Acadiana, Juneau and Springfield (MA) symphony orchestras and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, returns to the Bozeman, Southeast Iowa and Wyoming symphony orchestras and solo recitals and chamber music collaborations throughout the United States – highlighted by a performance at the San Antonio Symphony Beethoven Festival. Of special interest is his Wigmore Hall recital debut in London.
Spencer Myer’s orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout North America, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland, Dayton and Louisiana philharmonic orchestras, the Baton Rouge, Bozeman, Glacier (MT), Indianapolis, Knoxville, New Haven, Phoenix, Richmond (IN), San Juan, Santa Fe, Southeast Iowa, Traverse, Tucson and Wyoming symphony orchestras, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Mexico’s Orquesta FilarmÃ³nica de Jalisco and Beijing’s China National Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with, among others, conductors Nicholas Cleobury, Leslie B. Dunner, Neal Gittleman, Jacques Lacombe, Jahja Ling, Timothy Muffitt, Maurice Peress, Arthur Post, Kevin Rhodes, Matthew Savery, Klauspeter Seibel, Steven Smith, Arjan Tien and Victor Yampolsky. In May 2005, his recital/orchestral tour of South Africa included a performance of the five piano concerti of Beethoven with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, followed by a five-week return recital tour in 2010. Mr. Myer made his debut at the famed festival of the Blossom Music Center during the summer of 2007.
Spencer Myer’s recital appearances have been presented in New York City’s Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y and Steinway Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as in Chicago, Cincinnati, Fort Worth, Knoxville, Logan, Salt Lake City and China, while many of his performances have been broadcast on WQXR (New York City), WHYY (Philadelphia), WCLV (Cleveland) and WFMT (Chicago). An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with CSO members on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series and at the Bard, Cape Cod Chamber, Colorado, Meadowlark and Skaneateles music festivals, The Stony Brook International Piano Festival and Texas State International Piano Festival and performed with the Blair, Manhattan, Miami and Pacifica string quartets. In January 2007, Mr. Myer performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the Inaugural Festivities of Ohio’s Governor Ted Strickland.
In 2004, Spencer Myer captured First Prize in the 10th UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, as well as special prizes for the best performances of Bach, the commissioned work, the semifinal round recital and both concerto prizes in the final round. He is also a laureate in the 2007 William Kapell, 2005 Cleveland, 2005 Busoni (where he was also awarded the Audience Prize), 2004 Montréal and 2003 New Orleans International Piano Competitions. Winner of the 2006 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship from the American Pianists Association, Mr. Myer also received both of the competition’s special prizes in Chamber Music and Lieder Accompanying. He is also the winner of the 2000 Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, and subsequently enjoys a growing reputation as a vocal collaborator. Mr. Myer was a member of Astral Artists performance roster from 2003-2009, a result of his having won that organization’s 2003 national auditions.
An enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians, Spencer Myer has been a frequent guest artist at workshops for students and teachers, including Indiana’s Goshen College Piano Workshop and the Texas Conservatory for Young Artists in Dallas, and has served on the faculties of the Baldwin-Wallace College and Oberlin College conservatories of music. He devoted a month of his 2010 summer as a Staff Pianist at the Steans Institute Vocal Program of the renowned Ravinia Festival. Mr. Myer is also an advocate of contemporary music and inter-arts collaboration, and has worked with the Chicago- and New York-based ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), Indianapolis’ Dance Kaleidoscope, Ohio Dance Theatre and New York City’s New Triad for Collaborative Arts and The Juilliard School’s “Composers and Choreographers” series.
Spencer Myer is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Julian Martin. Other teachers include Peter Takács, Joseph Schwartz and Christina Dahl. He spent two summers at the Music Academy of the West, studying with Jerome Lowenthal and, later, Vocal Accompanying with Warren Jones and Marilyn Horne. During the course of his undergraduate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he was the recipient of numerous awards from that institution, while, in 2000, he was named a recipient of a four-year Jacob K. Javits Memorial Fellowship from the United States Department of Education. His Doctor of Musical Arts degree was conferred by Stony Brook University in 2005.
Spencer Myer can be heard on the Dimension Records label, performing music of the late Cleveland composer Frederick Koch and on a composer-conducted Naxos CD in performances of three concerti from Huang Ruo’s Chamber Concerto Cycle. His debut CD for harmonia mundi usa – music of Busoni, Copland, Debussy and Kohs – was released in the fall of 2007.
Mr. Myer’s website is http://www.spencermyer.com.