Lauded for “superb playing” and “poised, alert musicianship” by the Boston Globe and labeled “definitely a man to watch” by London’s the Independent, American pianist Spencer Myer is one of the most respected and sought-after artists on today’s concert stages.
His current season includes touring throughout the United States, highlighted by a return to the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio, and a return recital tour in Nova Scotia, Canada. He continues as half of the Daurov/Myer Duo, having teamed up with the award-winning cellist Adrian Daurov in 2012.
Myer’s orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra; Boise, Dayton, Evansville, Louisiana, Massapequa, Northeastern Pennsylvania and Rhode Island philharmonic orchestras; Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston; the Altoona, Bangor, Baton Rouge, Bozeman, Canton, Chattanooga, Duluth Superior, Flagstaff, Grand Junction, Indianapolis, Juneau, Knoxville, Longmont, Macon, Missoula, New Haven, Omaha, Phoenix, Ridgefield, San Juan, Santa Fe, Springfield (Mass., Mo. and Ohio), Traverse, Tucson and Wyoming symphony orchestras; Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra; Ohio’s ProMusica Chamber Orchestra; New York City’s the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony; Canada’s Windsor Symphony Orchestra; Mexico’s Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco; South Africa’s Cape Town and Johannesburg philharmonic orchestras, and Beijing’s China National Symphony Orchestra.
Myer’s recital appearances have been presented in New York City’s Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y and Steinway Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and London’s Wigmore Hall, while many of his performances have been broadcast on WQXR-FM (New York City), WHYY-FM (Philadelphia), WCLV-FM (Cleveland) and WFMT-FM (Chicago).
An in-demand chamber musician, he appeared for five summers at the Lev Aronson Legacy Festival in Dallas with cellists Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum, Amit Peled and Brian Thornton, and enjoys a recurring partnership with the Miami String Quartet at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Other artistic partners include clarinetist David Shifrin, soprano Nicole Cabell, the Jupiter, Manhattan and Pacifica string quartets and the Dorian Wind Quintet. He has made appearances at the Annapolis Chamber, Bard, Blossom, Cape Cod Chamber, Colorado, Mendocino, Ravinia and Skaneateles festivals, Canada’s Concerts aux Iles du Bic, Spain’s Gijon International Piano Festival and Valencia International Piano Academy, and Indonesia’s Yogyakarta International Music Festival.
Myer’s career was launched with three important honors: first prize in the 2004 UNISA International Piano Competition in South Africa, the 2006 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship from the American Pianists Association and the gold medal from the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition. Additionally, he is a laureate of the 2007 William Kapell, 2005 Cleveland and 2005 Busoni international piano competitions. He enjoys an expanding reputation as a vocal collaborator since winning the 2000 Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition. Myer was a member of Astral Artists’ performance roster from 2003 to 2010.
In spring 2022, Myer was appointed as associate professor of music in piano at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
A music education advocate, Myer has been a frequent guest artist at workshops for students and teachers, and has served on the faculties of the Baldwin-Wallace University and Oberlin College. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Juilliard School and Stony Brook University. In 2016, he was appointed artist-teacher in piano and collaborative piano at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
His debut CD for Harmonia Mundi USA, solo music of Busoni, Copland, Debussy and Kohs, was released in 2007 to critical acclaim from Fanfare and Gramophone magazines. He can also be heard on a composer-conducted Naxos CD in performances of three concertos from Huang Ruo’s Chamber Concerto Cycle and Ravel’s Chansons madécasses, included on “Intimate Masterpieces,” a 2013 CD featuring faculty and alumni of the Oberlin Conservatory and issued by Oberlin Music. His most recent four recordings (William Bolcom: “Piano Rags,” the Brahms Cello Sonatas with Brian Thornton, the Debussy Cello Sonata and Brahms Clarinet Trio with Brian Thornton and Afendi Yusuf, and Schumann’s works for cello and piano, with Brian Thornton) are available on the Steinway & Sons label.
In 2020, Myer was elected to the board of directors of the New York City-based Musicians Foundation (est. 1914). Myer is a Steinway Artist.