Dance Festival: Meta Weiss

Cello

San Francisco native Meta Weiss (pronounced MAY-­‐ta) made her international debut at the age of seven in Utrecht, Holland at the International String Convention.  An acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, and artist, she performs music spanning all periods from classical to jazz.

Her performances have taken her to venues throughout the US and internationally, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, The Kimmel Center, Royal Albert Hall, and Teatro Britanico (Peru).

Her recent solo appearances include concertos with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, the Avanti Chamber Orchestra, and the Aspen Chamber Symphony.  Top prize-­‐winner in numerous competitions, including the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, Washington International Competition, Seattle Ladies Musical Club Award Tour Competition, Carmel Music Society Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition, Schadt Cello Competition, and the TexASTA Solo Competition.

Ms. Meta has also been featured on National Public Radio on many occasions, including as guest artist on the shows “A Prairie Home Companion”, “Performance Today”, “Northwest Focus Live”, and “From the Top.”

The debut album of duoW, her violin-­‐cello duo with violinist Arianna Warsaw-­‐ Fan, entitled Entendre, was released in August on the Grammy award-­‐winning label Sono Luminus. Entendre is the winner of the Violoncello Foundation’s Second Annual Listener’s Choice Award.

Ms. Meta began the cello at age four and has studied with Irene Sharp, Joan Jeanrenaud, and Michael Reynolds.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University studying with Norman Fischer, where she graduated magna cum laude. In 2011 Ms. Meta received her Master’s of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she is now pursuing the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick and Darrett Adkins as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow and a SYLFF Fellow.  Ms. Meta performs on a Gioffredo Cappa cello, c. 1690, generously provided for her by an anonymous supporter.