Troy, NY — On Tuesday, April 18, violin virtuoso Anne Akiko Meyers will perform in the Concert Hall at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Pianist Akira Eguchi will accompany. The concert begins at 8 PM.
A superstar of the violin world, known for her purity of sound as much as for her innovative programming and commitment to commissioning new works, Meyers has maintained an active performing schedule for the past three decades since being discovered as a child prodigy at the age of 7. The top-selling classical instrumental soloist in 2014, she has released more than 34 albums and has performed with many of the top orchestras in the world.
For this performance, Meyers will mix repertoire works by Ravel, Beethoven, and Arvo Pärt with performances of O Magnum Mysterium, by composer Morten Lauridsen, Jakub Ciupinski’s Wreck of the Umbria, and Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Fantasia, all three written for her. The performance of the Lauridsen and the Rautavaara will each be New York premieres.
Anne Akiko Meyers performs on the 1741 “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesu, considered to be one of the finest violins in the world due to its powerfully luxuriant sound and mint state of preservation. Purchased in 2012 for a record-setting $16 million, the instrument was provided to Meyers by its owner for lifetime use.
The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is where the arts, sciences, and technology interact with and influence each other by using the same facilities and technologies, and by breathing the same air. EMPAC hosts artists and researchers to produce and present new work in a building designed with sophisticated architectural and technical infrastructure. Four exceptional venues and studios enable audiences, artists, and researchers to inquire, experiment, develop, and experience the ever-changing relationship between ourselves, technology, and the worlds we create around us. EMPAC is an icon of the New Polytechnic, a new paradigm for cross-disciplinary research and learning at Rensselaer, the nation’s oldest technological research university.