Stephen Meyer – violin
Belgian-American violinist Stephen Meyer has been assistant principal second violin of the orchestra of Théâtre royal de la Monnaie, the National Belgian Opera, in Brussels since 2007. Originally from Lynchburg, Virginia (USA), he graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts with special honors in music and in French literature. During his third year at Yale, he had the opportunity to study French literature in Paris at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d’Ulm.
In addition to his studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, he studied violin with Olivier Charlier of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) de Paris. Afterwards, he continued his music studies in the classes of Roland Daugareil and the Ysayë Quartet at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris-CNR, where he obtained his Diplôme d’Etudes Musicales Supérieures. He is also a recipient of the Diplôme de Concert from the Schola Cantorum in Paris, where he studied with Jean Lénert.
After many years as a classical violinist, Mr. Meyer decided to explore a different kind of music: tango. In 2016 he graduated cum laude with a Masters of Music in tango violin from Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts) in the Netherlands, having studied with Gustavo Beytelmann. During his time at Codarts, his research on tango techniques in violin performance was awarded first prize at both the Codarts and Fontys Artistic Research Festivals. Subsequently, he was awarded a grant from the Friends of Codarts Foundation, for excellence in musical performance. Following his education at Codarts, he has performed at tango festivals around the world, including Tango for Musicians at Reed College in Portland, Oregon (USA), Tango for Musicians in Dresden (Germany), Tango BA (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and Tango en Tarbes (France). Mr. Meyer is a member of several tango groups, including Sonico, Tango Por Tres, and OTRA. In January 2019, Mr. Meyer was named professor of violin in the tango department of Codarts. In September 2019, Mr. Meyer will begin a PhD on the role of the violin in tango at the world-renowned Royal College of Music in London (UK).
Stephen Meyer began the violin at the age of 6. Later, he studied with many well-known teachers, including Erick Friedman, Sally Thomas, and Syoko Aki. His career as a violinist has brought him around the world, including performances throughout Europe, North and South America.