Joe Meyer, violin, is an active soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader who has been garnering critical acclaim throughout the country. He has been described by the San Francisco Classical Voice as “a standout player, both technically brilliant and musically innovative”. The Miami Herald has called his solo playing “exquisite”, while the New Orleans Times Picayune describes him as a “brilliant concertmaster and a superb violinist”.
Currently Mr. Meyer holds positions as associate concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony and associate concertmaster of the Colorado Music Festival. Former positions in other orchestras include concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic, guest concertmaster of the Knoxville and San Antonio Symphonies, and a founding member of the Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble.. As a member of the Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble, he performed across the United States in critically acclaimed
concerts that emphasized new music. The groupʼs debut album on the Innova label was called a “tour de force of technical ability and engaging new music” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
As a chamber musician, he has recently performed in chamber music festivals around the country, such as the Twickenham and Sounds of Lyons festivals, and has performed and recorded chamber music albums for contemporary composers such as John Morrison, Steven Dankner, and William Stevens. Also involved in baroque performance, he is a member of the New Orleans based Lyrica Baroque ensemble.
He has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Milwaukee Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, New World Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra.
His awards include first place in the Harold Levin solo competition the Jules Reiner prize as a fellow at the Tanglewood festival, and first prizes in the Fischoff and Aberdeen chamber music competitions. He graduated in 2000 from the San Francisco conservatory with a masters degree in chamber music while studying with Camilla Wicks and Mark Sokol. Former teachers also include Almita and Roland Vamos and