• Composer, Performer, Educator

    “…fierce and lyrical.”

    The Strad

…two of the festival’s most alluring programs are recitals by string players who also compose.

The New York Times

Most notable of all, though, is Meyer’s bravura playing…

The Strad

Meyer’s fierce-edged playing activated the Tank’s awe-inspiring properties.

Alex Ross, The New YorkerRead review

…truly inspires and lead us to be our best selves.

Heidi CastlemanViola Faculty of The Juilliard School

Meyer is a talented composer…reaching for something new and unknown.

NY Classical Review

…knife-edge anticipation opens on to unexpected, often ecstatic musical realms, always with a personal touch and imaginatively written for the instruments.

Gramophone MagazineRead review

..has established herself as a powerful force in contemporary classical music… 

National Sawdust LogRead review

Composer

Meyer’s first composer/performer portrait album recently debuted at #1 on the Billboard traditional classical chart, where “knife-edge anticipation opens on to unexpected, often ecstatic musical realms, always with a personal touch and imaginatively written for the instruments” (Gramophone Magazine). Her compositions viscerally explore the wide palette of emotionally expressive colors available to each instrument while using traditional and extended techniques inspired by her varied experiences as a contemporary and period instrumentalist. Since embarking on her composition career only five years ago, premieres have included performances by Grammy-winning vocal ensembles Roomful of Teeth and Vox Clamantis, the American Brass Quintet, cellist Amanda Gookin for her Forward Music Project, Sybarite 5, PUBLIQuartet, NOVUS NY of Trinity Wall Street, A Far Cry, the Lorelei Ensemble, the Nu Deco Ensemble in Miami, and a project with the Historical Performance Program at The Juilliard School in response to Haydn’s “Seven Last Words” at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

In 2021 she will be the composer-in-residence at the Spoleto Festival that includes a premiere by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, will premiere her viola concerto at the Miller Theater in New York,  and her work will be featured in Carnegie Hall and around the country as part of their interactive orchestral Link Up Program.

Performer

As a solo performer, Ms. Meyer uses a single simple loop pedal to create a virtuosic orchestral experience with her viola and voice. Drawing from wide-ranging influences which include Bach, Brahms, Delta blues, Flamenco, Indian Raga, and Appalachian fiddling, Meyer’s music takes audience members on a journey through joy, anxiety, anger, bliss, torment, loneliness and passion. Her solo shows have been featured at iconic venues such as BAMcafé, Joe’s Pub, and Symphony Space in NYC, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, in Paris at Sunset Sunside, in addition to venues in Singapore, Switzerland, Vietnam, the Emirates and beyond. In her new evening length show to be premiered in 2021 titled “And She”, Jessica partners with dancer Caroline Fermin while taking the vivid poetry of four acclaimed living women poets in order to explore two universal experiences – the joys and heartaches of love, and the death of a parent.

At home with many different styles of music and an ardent collaborator, Jessica can regularly be seen performing on Baroque viola, improvising with jazz musicians, or collaborating with other performer/composers.

Educator

Known for her inspirational workshops, Ms. Meyer empowers fellow musicians with networking, communication, entrepreneurial, and pedagogical skills so they can be the best advocates for their own careers. Currently, she is most passionate about getting young classical musicians off the page to activate their own creativity, improvise, and awaken their own inner composer well before their college years. Her sessions have been featured at The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, for the TAs of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Manhattan School of Music, the Longy School of Music, NYU, the Chamber Music America Conference, and also works as a education consultant/clinician for Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School around the world.

As of 2020, she has given many of these workshops virtually where students can acquire business skills and develop improvisation and compositional skills via an engaging Zoom experience. Workshops have been given for the students at the Berkeley Caroll and North Broward Preparatory schools, and for the NEXT Festival of Emerging Artists and Virtuosity Online.

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