Pianist Brigitte Meyer was born in Biel, Switzerland, where she experienced a happy childhood that, as far back as she can remember, was shaped by music. She gave her debut with orchestra at age eleven and went on to study at the conservatories in Biel and Lausanne, where she graduated at the age of nineteen with a degree in performance. She had already begun an active concert career but wished to continue her studies in Vienna – a decision that was rewarded by a personal invitation to the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna from Bruno Seidlhofer, who later spoke of three outstanding pupils: Friedrich Gulda (the genius), Martha Argerich (the great virtuoso), and Brigitte Meyer (the great musician). Meyer received the Bösendorfer Prize in Vienna and was a finalist at the Clara Haskil Piano Competition in Vevey.
Her international career has taken her to concert halls such as the Golden Hall of the Musikverein Wien, Wiener Konzerthaus, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Sala Verdi in Milan, Place des Arts in Montreal, Niavaran Cultural Center in Tehran, and others. She has performed with renowned orchestras under conductors including Horst Stein, Okko Kamu, Pinchas Steinberg, Dennis Russell Davies, Armin Jordan, and Lovro von Matačić.
Meyer has distinguished herself as an interpreter of the Viennese Classical repertoire and loves giving Schubert recitals, whether as a soloist or Lied accompanist. Her enormous repertoire ranges from Bach’s time to contemporary works. Chamber music also plays a major role in her career, and she has collaborated with such artists as Heinrich Schiff, Martha Argerich, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky, Ana Chumachenco, Hansheinz Schneeberger, Danjulo Ishizaka, Juliane Banse, the Pražák Quartet, and the Fine Arts Quartet. Her recordings of the Mozart piano concertos K. 271 and K. 488 with Iona Brown and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra set a benchmark.
Photography: Christian Coigny
The Artist's Homepage: http://www.valmalete.ch/Brigitte%20Meyer
Brigitte Meyer, Piano