Concert Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer performs cutting edge original music and arrangements with
virtuosity and passion. Aaron brings his fresh and invigorating instrumental style to the stage and
genuinely connects with audiences of all ages. Meyer’s unique brand of music bridges world,
contemporary progressive rock and classical genres. A classically trained violinist since age 5,
Meyer debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 11, and has soloed with major international
symphony orchestras and ballet companies, in addition to performing for many world leaders and
Dignitaries. Meyer has worked with vastly contrasting artists such as Pink Martini, Smokey
Robinson, Aaron Neville, The Temptations, Leftover Salmon, 2002 Miss America – Katie Harman,
and the platinum record selling band, Everclear.
Meyer has recorded nine albums thus far, including his latest and most exciting CD of original
music entitled “The Journey… not the Destination” which features Aaron’s latest compositions
and dynamic arrangements inspired by his passion for world travel and culture. Aaron released
his third holiday CD, “The Holiday Spirit” in November 2008. Each December, Aaron brings
superior talent and variety to the stage with his annual holiday concert series throughout the
Pacific Northwest and beyond. Aaron presents his annual holiday concert in Portland each year
with the support of major sponsors (Zupan’s Markets, Moonstruck Chocolatier, Comcast, The
Portland Hilton, and The Portland Tribune). Continuing with his theme of “Holiday Music from
Around the World”, Aaron brings international talent and guest artists to the stage such as famous
Fijian guitarist/songwriter Jale Mareau, gospel singers The Brown Sisters, as well as The Gothard
Sisters who are current champion Irish dancers and fiddlers.
Aaron began studying the violin when he was five years old with his father, Julian Meyer. Studies
continued with Luis Biava - associate conductor with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and also at
Indiana University with Yuval Yaron - a student of Jascha Heifetz. It may be surprising to learn
that Aaron shut his violin case when he was 19 years old and began down a new path by pursuing
an undergraduate degree in Natural Science from Lewis & Clark College (1995). Following
graduation, Aaron embarked on an 11-month journey into some of the most remote regions of
Southeast Asia and the South Pacific which ultimately inspired him to create a unique style of
original music combining world, contemporary progressive rock and classical influences. The
flavors in Aaron’s variety of music depict a piece of each cultural experience from every village,
every Island, every colorful place he has encountered and he continues to redefine his sound.
Upon returning from his life changing adventure in Southeast Asia, Aaron completed his Masters
Degree from Portland State University. Aaron then joined the band Pink Martini and recorded on
their debut CD, Sympathique (which has sold over 700,000 copies world wide). He performed
with Pink Martini for almost 2 years; shortly thereafter he began composing his own original
music and released his first solo CD “Near The Edge”. Aaron began his journey of combining
classical and rock music on this CD, which was commissioned for the Oregon Ballet Theatre
production of “Dance Near The Edge”.
Other opportunities that followed included a request from Everclear to compose and arrange
string parts for their album “Slowmotion Daydream”. Television opened a new door for Aaron to
compose music for PBS specials as well as Microsoft commercials. His music then took him to The
Hague, in Holland where he performed songs for the World Peace Conference. Playing his own
unique version of the National Anthem at the NBA Western Conference Finals was a great
highlight for Aaron who is an avid basketball fan.
On May 15, 2001 at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon 10,000 people watched as Aaron
played on stage with the Dalai Lama, where he performed an original piece of music written for
the Dalai Lama’s visit to Portland along with another well known Portland Musician, Pianist
Michael Allen Harrison.
Subsequent CD releases include: "A Winter's Dance" and “The Fourth Season” both collections of
uniquely beautiful arrangements of traditional holiday favorites. “Iniziare” high energy classical
crossover and world music followed by “Unfinished journey: The Lewis and Clark Expedition”,
which was a 13 part public radio series played nationwide on NPR radio. In 2007 Aaron released
“From the Beginning” a sentimental journey of the sounds from his early career as a young
performer of classical music. His music from these CDs was performed by Aaron and his band at
the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on November 18, 2004 along with the entire Oregon Symphony.
This was Aaron’s second time soloing with a major symphony. Later he soloed with the Bangkok
Symphony after they learned of his Tsunami benefit concert in Phuket, Thailand that contributed
over $10,000.00USD to rebuild a local school damaged by this catastrophic event.
Aaron generously donates to causes he believes in and is very active in his own local community
as well as worldwide organizations. He plays regularly at auctions and charity events including
International Medical Teams, American Lung Cancer Association, Salud Pinot Noir Charity
auction, Doernbecher hospital, and much more. One very special and memorable highlight was
when Aaron performed at an orphanage in Cambodia in association with Holt International, an
adoption agency based in Oregon.
Aaron’s love for young people and education inspired him to create his unique educational
programs, which continually inspire students worldwide. Each year, Aaron visits dozens of
schools all over the Pacific Northwest, presenting assembly style educational music programs,
workshops and assisting in creating CDs of student-written songs. He also works with youth
orchestras and conducts his own annual, music education summer camp. Aaron produced an
educational CD entitled "Practice Classical Violin and Play Like A Rock Star". This innovative tool
works in conjunction with Suzuki Books 1 & 2 for Violin, and inspires young students to have
some fun when they practice.
Aaron resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife Renee, son Parker and their 2 dogs Bootsie and
Paki. Aaron stays busy teaching private lessons, composing new music and visiting schools to
perform and implement his educational programs. Aaron is an omnivorous Deadhead and has
attended over 40 Grateful Dead concerts, including the last Jerry Garcia Band shows ever at the
Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. His other love is travel and he once spent 60 days hiking in the
Himalayas in Nepal and then in Northern Burma. Since then he has explored many new
destinations such as Fiji, Cambodia & Thailand. He returns to his favorite places as well as new
ones on an annual basis with his wife Renee who owns a travel agency, Unforgettable
Honeymoons. In his free time he enjoys cooking, fine wine, hiking, biking, scuba diving & hot
springing. It isn’t unusual to find Aaron donating his time on a day off to play at a charity auction
or for a local school function.