Lauded for “superb playing” and “poised, alert musicianship” by The Boston Globe and labeled “definitely a man to watch” by London’s The Independent after his 2012 Wigmore Hall recital debut, American pianist SPENCER MYER is one of the most respected and sought-after artists on today’s concert stages.
He has been soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, Indianapolis, New Haven, Phoenix and Beijing’s China National symphonies, Dayton, Cape Town and Johannesburg philharmonics collaborating with conductors Michael Christie, Robert Franz, Neil Gittleman, Bernhard Gueller, Jahja Ling, Kevin Rhodes, Gerald Steichen, Thomas Wilkins, Peter Stafford Wilson and Victor Yampolsky. His 2005 tour of South Africa included a performance of Beethoven’s five piano concerti with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, followed by four return orchestra and recital tours between 2006 and 2018.
An in-demand chamber musician, he appeared for five summers at the Lev Aronson Legacy Festival with cellists Adrian Daurov, Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum, Amit Peled and Brian Thornton, and enjoys a recurring partnership with the Miami String Quartet at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Other artistic partners include clarinetist David Shifrin, soprano Nicole Cabell and the Jupiter and Pacifica string quartets.
Spencer Myer’s career was launched with three important prizes: First Prize in the 2004 UNISA International Piano Competition in South Africa, the 2006 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship from the American Pianists Association and the Gold Medal from the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition. He was a member of Astral Artists’ performance roster from 2003-2010.
A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University, Spencer Myer is currently Associate Professor of Music in Piano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, having previously served on the piano faculty of Boston’s Longy School of Music. His debut CD for Steinway & Sons - “Piano Rags of William Bolcom” - was released to critical acclaim in 2017; he has subsequently released three discs for the label with cellist Brian Thornton, encompassing repertoire of Brahms, Debussy and Schumann, as well as his latest solo release, Chopins Four Impromptus for the Steinway Classics series.