San Francisco native Meta Weiss (pronounced MAY-ta) made her international debut at the age of seven in Utrecht, Holland, and has established herself as one of the leading cellists of her generation. An acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, and artist, her performances have taken her to venues throughout the US and internationally, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, The Kimmel Center, Royal Albert Hall, and Teatro Britanico (Peru).
She has garnered top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, Washington International Competition, Seattle Ladies Musical Club Award Tour Competition, Carmel Music Society Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition, Schadt Cello Competition, and the TexASTA Solo Competition. As a member of the cello-rock group Break of Reality, she was selected by the US Department of State as a “musical ambassador” for the American Music Abroad Program. With Break of Reality, she has toured across America, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Brazil. Weiss has also been featured on National Public Radio on many occasions, including as guest artist on the shows A Prairie Home Companion, Performance Today, Northwest Focus Live!, Radio Astana KZ, and From the Top. The debut album of duoW, her violin-cello duo with violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan, entitled Entendre, was released in August 2013 on the Grammy award-winning label Sono Luminus. Entendre is the winner of the Violoncello Foundation 2nd Annual Listener’s Choice Award.
Weiss began the cello at age four and has studied with Joel Krosnick, Darrett Adkins, Norman Fischer, Irene Sharp, Joan Jeanrenaud, and Michael Reynolds. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Weiss received her Master's of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she is now finishing the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow and a SYLFF Fellow.
She was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Cello at the Queensland Conservatorium in 2015. Her previous faculty positions include Artist-in-Residence at the University of Puget Sound, Cello Fellow in the Juilliard Music Advancement Program, and Virtuosi Artist at the Bowdoin International Music Festival.
Meta performs on a Gioffredo Cappa cello, c. 1690, generously provided for her by an anonymous supporter.