With a diverse and adventurous repertoire of symphonic and ensemble works as well as more than 60 operas, conductor TIMOTHY MYERS is proving himself as an intrepid young maestro with his finger on the pulse of today’s musical world. His commanding performances of the core repertoire are enhanced by his passion for fusing genres and styles, and his personal warmth and approachability forge connections with audiences internationally. His recent debut with the Chautauqua Symphony in a program of Wagner, Korngold and Tchaikovsky was lauded for “an effulgent lyricism within a tightly controlled, precisely conceived performance” (Chautauquan Daily). His work has also been described as “a treasure” (Boston Globe), “wonderfully precise, energetic” (Denver Post), “keenly responsive to nuance of rhythm or phrasing” (Independent South Africa), and “undeniably fine” (Palm Beach Daily News).
Myers’ recent and upcoming engagements include debuts with the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Atlanta, Portland, Toledo, Chautauqua and Tulsa symphony orchestras. In the 13 – 14 season Myers conducts three significant world premieres: Ricky Ian Gordon’s “A Coffin in Egypt” at Houston Grand Opera featuring Frederica von Stade (which he will subsequently conduct at Opera Philadelphia), Crozier’s “With Blood, With Ink” at Fort Worth Opera, and John Supko’s “All Souls” at Duke Performances, a work Myers commissioned in partnership with New Music Raleigh and will subsequently record.
As the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of North Carolina Opera, Myers is one of the youngest artistic leaders in American Opera. His artistic vision has broadened the company’s repertoire to include a wider variety ranging from Handel to Glass, as well as the creation of innovative and stimulating productions of the classic repertoire that have garnered national and international acclaim. In NCO’s current season Myers conducts a Wagner concert featuring Jay Hunter Morris and Elizabeth Bishop in Act I of Die Walküre, and performances of Aïda and Così fan tutte.
Other engagements have included the Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts, the North Carolina and Milwaukee symphony orchestras, the Wolf Trap and Central City festivals, and numerous other projects spanning four continents. In 2009 Myers was appointed by his mentor Lorin Maazel as the first ever Associate Conductor of the Castleton Festival, where during his two-year tenure he was entrusted with multiple symphonic and opera performances. In 2012 Myers completed a three-year term as Principal Guest Conductor of Opera Africa in Johannesburg, where over his tenure he conducted nearly 30 performances and assisted the company in artistic development.
Myers has been engaged for assistant/associate positions with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, London BBC Symphony, and was also the principal guest conductor and artistic advisor of the Palm Beach Symphony. For two seasons, Myers was the assistant conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra, conducting the orchestra at the Bard Music Festival and for special performances in New York City. He has also conducted the Jerusalem Symphony, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, the opera companies of Palm Beach, Anchorage and Asheville, and Music Academy of the West.
Timothy holds a Masters in Music from Florida State University, a Bachelor in Philosophy from Southwestern College in Kansas, and has had the privilege of working with many renowned conductors including Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Sir Neville Marriner, Andre Previn and Robert Spano.
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