photo: Edith Held




Paul Meyer

Representation: Austria | sundry territories
Contact: Christopher Dingstad, MA
Phone: +43-1-512 05 01-17



Ever since his dazzling success at the prestigious Eurovision Contest in 1982 Paul Meyer has never ceased to amaze us.


Considered at a very young age as an exceptional instrumentalist his stellar career is studied with performances in major international venues alongside the world’s finest musicians: Benny Goodman, Isaac Stern, Rostropovitch, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Yehudi Menuhin…


His constant quest for extreme musical sensations rapidly led him to orchestra conducting, while pursuing his musical training as solo clarinet with the Ensemble intercontemporain and then the  Opéra national de Paris where he performed under the world’s greatest conductors: Seiji Ozawa, Georges Prêtre, Daniel Barenboim, Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado… An ideal position where he could observe from the inside how conductors work and benefit from their precious advice – without doubt the best place to study conducting.


His encounter with Pierre Boulez and Luciano Berio – Berio dedicated to him his piece for clarinet  “Alternatim” - was a decisive factor in the position he holds today in enhancinv the repertoire of his instrument, thanks to his premieres of concertos written for him by contemporary composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Michael Jarrell, Qigang Chen, Luciano Berio, Thierry Escaich, Pascal Dusapin…, works which he has premiered at major festivals: Salzburg, Wien, Amsterdam…

After founding the Orchestre de Chambre d’Alsace Paul Meyer was invited to conduct the most prestigious chamber orchestras in Europe: from Zurich to Potsdam, as well as the English Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris.  He was then invited to conduct symphony orchestras, including Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Radio France, Russian National Orchestra , Belgrade, Hambourg, Taiwan, etc…

While continuing to develop his performance skills which have won him a unique role as world-famous clarinettist, Paul Meyer he is in great demand as conductor, so much so that John Carewe, the illustrious British professor (he taught Simon Rattle) noticed him and took him on as his assistant.. Over several seasons he enhanced his conducting skills, working with major conductors such as Marek Janovski, Emmanuel Krivine, until 2006, and then in Seoul where Myung-Wun Chung observed him rehearsing with his orchestra and that same day appointed him Associate Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.  As director of this prestigious orchestra, one of the best in Asia, Paul Meyer has conducted thirty programmes over three seasons.

His recognition as a conductor, based on a profound understanding and experience of orchestral work rapidly led him to conduct major orchestras in Asia: Tokyo Philharmonic, China National Beijing, Shanghai Philharmonic, Taipei Sinfonie Orchestra, Kanazawa Orchestra… He enjoys a privileged relationship with the Kanazawa Orchestra as permanent conductor.


His recording career consists of over forty works, with Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Rca, Emi, Virgin, recordings which have won many awards: Diapasons d’or, Schallplate des Monats, as well as a Grammy Award. Recently Paul Meyer recorded Thierry Escaich’s Clarinet Concerto at Opéra de Lyon and a CD as guest conductor with the Staatskapelle Weimar and cellist Nadège Rochat.


During the season 2017-18 Paul Meyer is performing as soloist and chamber music conductor with orchestras such as the Royal Flemisch Philharmonic, Orchestre Régional de Cannes-Provence-Côte d’Azur, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester and Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie and makes his debut with the Royal Oman Symphony. He is giving chamber music recitals among others at the Cité de la Musique in Paris (Hommage à Messiaen), Limoges Opera and Festival Musique aux Mirabelles with Pascal Contet. For the future he has commissioned works by Guillaume Connesson and Eric Montalbetti.


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