Kenneth Meyer, the national first-prize winner at the Music Teacher’s National Association Collegiate Artist Competition, is regarded by the Washington Post as, “A thinking man’s guitarist – he focuses on the inner structure of a piece…and plays with impressive gravity and power.” The Buffalo News has called him, “Impeccably articulate with superb technique.”
Since his professional concert debut at the Teatro de la Opera de Maracay, Mr. Meyer continues to appear in recital, as a chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra in venues throughout North America, South America and Europe. Highlights include concerts in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall (New York City), Wolf Trap (Virginia), the Skirbal Cultural Center (Los Angeles), the historic Basilica di San Clemente, (Italy), the Museo de Barquisimeto, Museo del Teclado, the Sala José Felix Ribas, the Teatro de Teresa Carreño (Venezuela), Liviu Rebreanu, Gheorghe Dima Music Academy, the National College of Art Ion Vidu (Romania), the Fészek Muvészklub (Hungary) and the Ford Center for the Performing Arts (Canada). In addition to live concerts, his performances have been featured on television, film, radio and most recently, on the Albany and INNOVA record labels.
Frequently in demand as a guest artist at colleges and universities across the country, Meyer has given concerts and lectures at, among others, the Eastman School of Music, the State University of New York College at Fredonia, Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Southern Mississippi, North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Hochstein School of Music, Delta College, Canisius College, Finger Lakes and Saint Joseph’s Community Colleges and the University of Caracas in Venezuela. In addition, he is an active performer and teacher at music festivals and has been featured at the Rome, Alexandria, Eastman Guitar Summerfest and the Alirio Diaz Guitar Festivals.
Mr. Meyer’s commitment to the cultivation and performance of new music has led to awards from the Barlow Endowment, the Argosy Foundation, and the Eastman School’s Hanson Institute for American Music, interpretive instruction from Milton Babbitt and premiere performances of compositions by among others, Leslie Basset, Edward Green, Andrew Waggoner, Gregory Mertl, Edie Hill, Kevin Ernste, Nicolas Scherzinger, Jesse Benjamin Jones, Donald J. Sparr, James Piorkowski and Canadian composer Robert Baker. His diversity as a musician has led to performances on mandolin, banjo and electric guitar with among others, the Syracuse Opera, the Syracuse Society for New Music and the Broadway touring production of the Who’s rock opera, “Tommy.” In addition to performing new concerti for Electric Guitar and Wind Ensemble, Meyer was recently featured with Cornell University’s Ensemble X under the direction of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Steven Stucky in a new concerto for guitar and chamber ensemble composed by Andrew Waggoner.
Kenneth Meyer holds degrees in Music Composition and Performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music. He has served on the faculties of East Carolina University and SUNY at Fredonia and most recently held visiting professorships at the Eastman School of Music and SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. Currently, Dr. Kenneth Meyer directs thriving guitar programs at Onondaga Community College and Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music.
“He brought three lyrical, wistful pieces by Hans Werner Henze beautifully alive and infused Agustin Barrios’ lovely “La Catedral” with almost ethereal light.”
- The Washington Post
“Impeccably articulate with superb technique.”
- The Buffalo News
“A beautiful performance...you have given the piece more attention than it probably deserves.”
-Milton Babbitt, Composer
“You are a really fine player and I am so happy that you are using a Ruck guitar. Your phrasing, musicality and technical ability are top notch and your years of hard work are very evident.”
-Robert Ruck, Luthier
“Thank you for giving us such a heart-felt, eloquent and dazzling performance this week. It is a lucky composer indeed whose music is brought to life and put into the air by a musician who pours his heart and soul, not to mention spectacular talent, into his work."
-Edie Hill, composer
“Just simply amazing yesterday. I keep telling everyone that you OWN it now. Thank you so much for everything – your performance, but also your patience, your company and your openness.”
-Gregory Mertl, composer
“You played with virtuosity, command and warmth. I am so proud of you and the artist you have become.”
-Nicholas Goluses, Eastman School of Music
"…Special praise goes to guitarist Kenneth Meyer, whose lovely playing actually makes us feel a bit cheated that there aren't more than three songs with guitar for us to enjoy here."
Gregory Berg - NATS Journal of Singing
“Lovely musical impulse...very sincere playing.”
-Martha Katz, Professor of Viola, Rice University