Lakeside Chautauqua names Daniel Meyer as Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Music Director & Conductor

Posted on October 09, 2018

This summer marks the first of Daniel Meyer’s tenure as Music Director & Conductor of the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra.

A native of Cleveland and current resident of Pittsburgh, Meyer has reinvigorated orchestras with his innovative programs, engaging presence and keen musical intellect.

As Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic, Meyer has built the ensemble into one of the finest and most vibrant orchestras of its kind with enthusiastic community support, sold-out concerts and a deep commitment to music education and community involvement.

He recently created Beethoven 4/4, a four-year project focusing on the life and works of the great composer. He also conducts the Philharmonic’s pioneering Virtual Orchestra project, bringing audiences onstage in virtual reality through innovative 3-D technology.

As Artistic Director of the Westmoreland Symphony, Meyer led a cast of vocal soloists from the Pittsburgh Opera in a gala performance of Orff’s "Carmina Burana" to celebrate the finale of the symphony’s 50th anniversary season.

This season, Meyer returned to conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony and recorded the music of Hanson, Diamond and Daugherty for Bavarian Radio with the Bamberger Symphoniker.

In his role as Director of Orchestral Activities at Duquesne University, he continues a recording project of the concertos of resident composer Lynn Purse with saxophone virtuoso Mike Tomaro.

He debuted with Symphony Silicon Valley and was recently named Artistic Director of Cleveland’s BlueWater Chamber Orchestra.

Recent guest appearances include the Detroit Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Portland Symphony, Württembergische Philharmonie, Staatsorchester Darmstadt and the Nuremberg Symphony in Germany.

As part of his highly-acclaimed tenure as Music Director of the Asheville Symphony, Meyer created the Asheville Amadeus Festival, featuring sold-out weeks of film, lectures, community events and concerts.

His "Symphony Talks with Daniel Meyer" and frequent appearances on WCQS-FM garnered consistently packed crowds of enthusiastic audience members eager to learn more about classical music and composers.

Known for his eclectic and compelling orchestral programming, Meyer’s concerts have included works by contemporary composers Michael Daugherty, Arvo Pärt and John Adams in combination with masterworks of Berlioz, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. In the 2019-20 season, Meyer will conduct premieres of new works by Vivian Fung and co-commissions by Zhou Tian and Michael Torke.

In recent seasons Meyer has frequently conducted the Rochester Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony, as well as guest engagements with the Indianapolis, Columbus, Phoenix, Eugene, Alabama and Knoxville Symphonies.

His critically-acclaimed European debut took place with the Staatstheater Stuttgart Orchestra, and he returned to Germany soon after for concerts with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, and to Austria with the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna and the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra.

Meyer has led the symphony orchestras of Utah, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Youngstown, Lexington, Portland, Santa Barbara, Lansing and Wheeling. Summer festival appearances have included the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Aspen and Grand Teton Music Festivals, the Chautauqua Festival and Brevard Music Center.

Upon the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Meyer was named Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, where he served until 2009.

As Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Meyer led the symphony on their first ever tour to China and an international tour to Vienna, Prague, Leipzig and Budapest.

Meyer studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and is a graduate of Denison University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

At Boston University, Meyer received the Orchestral Conducting Honors Award and was awarded the prestigious Aspen Conducting Prize from David Zinman. He received an honorary doctorate last year from Edinboro University.