Harpist Lavinia Meijer is an exclusive Sony Classical International Artist who has performed in some of the leading concert halls in the world, including Carnegie Hall New York, Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Musikverein Vienna, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Bronfmann Auditorium Tel Aviv and Seoul Arts Center.
She was born in South Korea, adopted at the age of two and is based in the Netherlands. She studied at the conservatories of Utrecht, where she was admitted to the conservatory at the age of 11, and Amsterdam, where she graduated with the highest honors.
Lavinia is passionate about broadening the possibilities of the harp. In addition to performing the classical harp repertoire, she experiments with electronic music, theatrical music, jazz and avant garde work by composers like Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Garrett Byrnes, Paul Patterson, Carlos Michans and Konstantia Gourzi. She has collaborated with artists such as Iggy Pop, Philip Glass, Sufijan Stevens and Ludovico Einaudi.
The internationally known ‘avant pop’ composer, Jacob T.V., has written her a suite for harp, samples and boombox. The piece, Cities Change the Songs of Birds, is set in New York and created a sensation after the premiere among international harp societies for challenging the perception of the harp as an “angelic” instrument. She has also performed her own arrangements of pieces by Radiohead and Leonard Cohen in classical venues to much artistic & critical acclaim and commercial success.
As a soloist she has worked with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Israeli Philharmonic, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Seoul Philharmonic amongst others. Conductors she has collaborated with include Andrew Grams, Thierry Fischer, Charles Floyd, Franz Bruggen, Hannu Lintu and Marco Boni. She has also worked with the Kronos Quartet performing Bryce Dessner’s Aheym.
Lavinia has an affinity with the music of Philip Glass and her intense groundbreaking renditions of his music have mesmerized audiences across the world. After meeting him in 2011, he gave permission for her to transcribe his five-piece, Metamorphosis, for harp. Since then she has transcribed various other of his works, including Opening Piece, movements from The Hours, Etudes and the main theme from Koyaanisquatsi. She performs regularly alongside Philip Glass, both in the U.S. and Europe, as well as being participating in his Days and Nights Festival in California each year.
Lavinia is one of few classical artists to have had an impact on European rock album charts. In addition to being awarded two gold albums, her Channel Classics recording of Metamorphosis / The Hours achieved platinum sales. Her many recordings feature music as varied as Handel, Bach, Scarlatti, Takemitsu, Dessner, Muhly, Piazzola, Ravel and Debussy. Her latest album Still Life, a collaboration with French DJ Maud Geffray, was originally performed in Paris and broadcast on France TV's Culturebox channel. Lavinia also features on Brittany Howard's debut solo album Jamie.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season included a performance of Kaija Saariaho’s harp concerto Trans at the Concertgebouw with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Netherlands and Ludovic Morlot, appearing alongside Philip Glass and Matt Haimovitz in a celebration of the composer's music at SF Jazz, further concerts with Glass and pianist Anton Bagatov in France, recording with both Brittany Howard and Indie band San Fermin, as well as tours in Belgium and the Netherlands. In January 2018, she had the honor of being invited to perform at the PyeongChang Winter Music Festival to celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
In January of this year she premiered Shadowy Figure, a new work by Ellis Ludwig-Leone, with the Het Gelders Orkest in Arnhem, Netherlands. Future highlights include further concerts with Philp Glass and Anton Bagatov, and a return invitation to the PyeongChang Winter Festival.
Lavinia is an Ambassador for Save a Child’s Heart.
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