Jessica Meyer was Principal Violist of LIYO in 1991 and 1992 and toured with LIYO in 1988 to Australia and again in 1991 to Mexico.
Known for her “polish, focus, and excitement” and “expressive, luscious sound” (The New York Times), violist and composer Jessica Meyer is a versatile performer who has been featured as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the world.
As a dedicated advocate for new music, Ms. Meyer is the co-founder of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed contemporary music collective counter)induction. As a soloist, Jessica has premiered pieces for solo viola around the country, and is committed to expanding the repertoire for viola by commissioning new works while also composing her own. Her solo compositions explore the wide palette of sonic colors available to the viola while using traditional and extended techniques enhanced by the electronic process of looping material.
Ms. Meyer is the founder of Piaclava – a touring clarinet, viola, and piano trio that is often called upon to perform both typical and interactive concerts sponsored by organizations like Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Center for Arts Education. She has also performed with acclaimed ensembles such as the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), the Either/Or Ensemble, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, the Gotham Chamber Opera, and Classical Jam.
Equally at home with many other styles of music, Ms. Meyer can regularly be seen performing on Baroque viola, improvising with jazz musicians, or collaborating with other performer/composers like bandoneonist JP Jofre in his Hard Tango Chamber Band.
Ms. Meyer also created “Chops Beyond the Practice Room,” a series of workshops and coachings that empower musicians with networking, communication, and entrepreneurial skills so they can be the best advocates for their own careers