Festival Artist

Guest Artist


Acclaimed for her “polish, focus, and excitement” (Allan Kozinn, The New York Times), violist Jessica Meyer is a versatile performer who has been featured as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the world.

As a passionate advocate of new music, Ms. Meyer is the co-founder of the critically-acclaimed contemporary music collective counter)induction, which performs regularly in NYC and around the country.

Jessica has premiered pieces for solo viola throughout New York and Philadelphia, and has played with ensembles such as the Either/Or Ensemble, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, the Glass Farm Ensemble, Continuum, and SONYC (the String Orchestra of New York City). Jessica strives to perform a wide variety of chamber music and has appeared in many venues both large and small -including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Miller Theatre in NYC, Symphony Hall in Boston, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She is also the founder of Piaclava -a touring clarinet, viola, and piano trio that is often called upon to perform interactive outreach concerts sponsored by Lincoln Center and various other educational organizations.

Passionate about education, Jessica has conducted many workshops for hundreds of public school students and adults throughout the NY area for the Lincoln Center Institute, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Little Orchestra Society, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. In addition to her teaching artist workshops, Ms. Meyer has scripted many outreach concerts for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and for counter)induction, and is on the viola faculty of the Rudolf Steiner School. She also mentors the young musicians of the Academy (a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute) on how to engage audiences of any age through a well-written interactive concert.