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Lavinia Meijer

An exclusive Sony Classical recording artist, Lavinia Meijer has become one of the most important harpists of her generation.

An exclusive Sony Classical International artist, harpist Lavinia Meijer performs solo concerts from Carnegie Hall NYC to the Berlin Philharmonie, being one of the most important, pioneering and exciting musicians of our times.

Born in South Korea, and adopted at the age of 2, Lavinia Meijer is now based in the Netherlands. Only 9 years old, she started to play the harp. She studied at the conservatories of Utrecht (she was admitted to the conservatory at the age of 11) and Amsterdam, receiving her BA and MA with the highest distinction. Only 14, Lavinia was already performing with symphony orchestra’s.
Her passion to broaden the possibilities of the harp is noteworthy. Not only does Mrs. Meijer search for hardly known classical solo & orchestral repertoire, she is also on the alert for contemporary music, performing together with Òlafur Arnalds and others. She performs pieces by Radiohead in classical venues, to much artistic & critical acclaim and commercial success: numerous awards, extensive touring all over the world in classical and rock venues and outdoor’s festivals, 2 gold records, and a certified platinum record for the album Metamorphosis / the Hours with pieces by the American composer Philip Glass.

In May 2011 she had the honor to meet Mr. Glass for the first time. He gave permission to Mrs. Meijer to transcribe his 5-piece Metamorphosis for harp. Since then she has transcribed various other Glass’ works, including Opening Piece, various movements from the Hours, and the main theme from Koyaanisqatsi. In 2014 Lavinia joined Philip Glass again on stage for a sold out concert in Amsterdam. Recently she was invited to perform with Mr. Glass at his Days & Nights Festival in Big Sur, USA. All over the world, Lavinia mesmerizes audiences with intense and groundbreaking renditions of the Glass repertoire.

Besides performing the classical standard harp repertoire, Mrs. Meijer experiments with electronic music, theatrical music, jazz and avant rock. Composers like Ludwig Ellis-Leone, Garrett Byrnes, Paul Patterson, Carlos Michans, Konstantia Gourzi, and JacobTV wrote pieces for Mrs. Meijer. JacobTV has written her the suite Cities change the songs of birds for harp and boombox. This piece, about the lower class of New York, consisted of music put to samples of conversations by drug-addicted women with a criminal record. It caused an instant scandal (a part of the audience walked out during the première) and sensation among the international harp societies, triggering lengthy and heated debates about the artist’s right to perform “this kind of music” with samples and a boom-box on a instrument as ‘angelic’ as the harp.

Mrs. Meijer has performed in venues like Carnegie Hall, NYC; Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Paradiso, Amsterdam; Musikverein, Vienna; Carré, Amsterdam; Philharmonie, Berlin, Cité de la Musique, Paris; Bronfman Auditorium,Tel Aviv; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, and Seoul Arts Center. As a featured soloist she performed harp concertos with renowned orchestras, like Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, working with conductors like Andrew Grams, Thierry Fischer, Charles Floyd, Frans Brüggen, Hannu Lintu, and Marco Boni. Mrs. Meijer played Bryce Dessner’s exciting piece Aheym as a special guest artist of Kronos Quartet. Mr. Dessner will write her a new composition, to be premiered in 2016.

Lavinia Meijer is the only classical artist hitting the top 10 in the Dutch rock album charts with three consecutive albums. She starred in a TV-commercial for the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum in 2015. Her albums Passaggio and Voyage were recorded in Berlin by the noted ‘Tonmeister’ and 15x Grammy Award winner Andreas Neubronner. Recently she released both Voyage, her seventh solo album with music by Debussy, Tiersen, Satie and Ravel, and a live-recording with bandoneonist Carel Kraayenhof: In Concert.

 

 

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