David Meyer

The Nell Hirschberg Chair

Cellist David Meyer joined the North Carolina Symphony at the beginning of the 2013/14 season after performing for a year as a member of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.  He has performed solo, symphonic, and chamber music in North America, Europe, and Asia as part of festivals of Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Britten-Pears, Moritzburg, Viana do Castelo, Carteret, and Colorado College. He served as principal cellist of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, New World Symphony, Britten-Pears Orchestra, Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, NEC Philharmonia, NEC’s conductorless Chamber Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, Thornton Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, and Claremont Young Musician’s Orchestra.

As a concerto soloist he has performed with the Colorado College Summer Festival Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and Claremont Young Musician’s Orchestra.  Meyer gave the European premiere performance of the Sonata for Solo Violoncello by Los Angeles based composer NL Qosqadi in 2007, as well as several Boston premiers (BNMI) in 2008-2012.  A zealous chamber musician, he was the cellist of the string quartet Tetrachord, performing in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in a 2009 Honors recital, and was a founding member of the Discovery Ensemble of Boston.

After childhood cello training with Rick Mooney in Southern California, and further schooling at the Chicago and Ithaca Suzuki Institutes, National Cello Institute, World Cello Congress, and Encore School for Strings, Meyer studied at USC with Eleonore Schoenfeld. He later studied in the studios of Nathaniel Rosen and Laurence Lesser. He has also worked with cellists David Ying, Bion Tsang, Johannes Moser, Dorothea Figueroa, Gilda Barston, Ivan Monighetti, Peter Stumpf, and Bernhard Gmelin. In chamber music, his mentors include Midori, Kim Kashkashian, and David Dunford, and he has worked with Jan Vogler, Roger Tapping, Robert Mann, Victor Sazer, Donald Weilerstein, and the Borromeo, Cavani, St. Lawrence, and Ying String Quartets.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and a master’s degree in music from the New England Conservatory, and served a two-year fellowship at the New World Symphony.