Meyers will receive the award at the Colburn Conservatory of Music Commencement ceremony on 1 May 2023

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Anne Akiko Meyers © Dina Douglass

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The Colburn School has announced that US violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will receive an honorary doctorate at the Conservatory of Music Commencement ceremony on 1 May 2023, where she will also serve as the keynote speaker.

Meyers will address the graduating class of the Colburn Conservatory of Music, comprising 61 students, alongside student speakers Aubree Oliverson and Ross Jamie Collins.

A native of Southern California, Meyers is an alumna of the school, beginning her early musical training at Colburn School of Performing Arts with Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld. She continued her studies with Josef Gingold at Indiana University and later attended the Juilliard School where she studied with Dorothy DeLay, Masao Kawasaki, and Felix Galimir, and signed with management at 16 years old to launch her international performing and recording career.

She has been awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Colburn School, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Juilliard School.

Meyers regularly performs around the world as soloist with leading orchestras, in recital, and as a recording artist with more than 40 releases. She has commissioned and premiered new works as a champion of living composers, working closely with Arvo Pärt (Estonian Lullaby), Einojuhani Rautavaara (Fantasia), John Corigliano (cadenzas for the Beethoven Violin Concerto; Lullaby for Natalie), Arturo Márquez (Fandango), Michael Daugherty (Blue Electra), Mason Bates and Adam Schoenberg (violin concertos), Jakub Ciupiński, Jennifer Higdon, Samuel Jones, Morten Lauridsen, Wynton Marsalis, Akira Miyoshi, Somei Satoh, and Joseph Schwantner.

She plays on the 1741 ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ on lifetime loan since 2013. On playing the instrument, Meyers told The Strad ’I was blown away by it. There was a depth to the sound that was so profound that I felt like I was a sailboat on top of a vast ocean of colour – and it was my responsibility to try and bring out as much colour and power as it gave me.’

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