This season marks Dirk Meyer’s first year as Music Director of the DSSO. Maestro Meyer conducted six concerts for the DSSO last season as Music Director Designate. His conducting has been described as “mesmerizing” and “out of this world.”
During the past few years, Meyer held conducting positions with the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida, a group with which he still has a connection, having just been named their Principal Guest Conductor. In 2012, Meyer was awarded First Prize of The American Prize in orchestral conducting. He has guest conducted many orchestras throughout the United States, including the Springfield Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, and The Florida Orchestra and also has strong connections to the Orlando Philharmonic. In 2014, Meyer will be giving his debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Canada.
Passionate about opera, Meyer has conducted several productions in the U.S. as well as the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. He has also worked as assistant conductor in several European houses, such as the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Vienna State Opera. In 2013, he worked closely with the Lyric Opera of the North (LOON), and his involvement with this company will be continuing during the upcoming seasons. In addition to opera, Dirk possesses a special interest in contemporary music. He established a new music series with the Sarasota Orchestra, leading world premiers by composers such as Miguel del Aguila and Eve Baglarian as well as the American premiers of works by Arvo Pärt, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Joby Talbot and Elliott Sharp. Audiences and critics have been equally enthusiastic about these concerts, praising Meyer’s “precise and expert direction” and stating that this series might have changed Sarasota’s musical scene forever.
Maestro Meyer is also the author of “Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Repertoire. A Catalog of Modern Music”, published by Scarecrow Press (2011).
He holds Doctoral and Master’s degrees in orchestral conducting from Michigan State University and Bachelor’s Degrees from the Folkwang Conservatory in Germany (music) and the University Duisburg-Essen (philosophy).
You can visit Dirk online at www.dirkmeyer.com.