American cellist 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 and chamber musician, 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, The Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, and Teatro Britanico (Peru). Concerto highlights in 2018 include Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with the Southern Cross Soloists, Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, and Sollima Violoncelles Vibrez! with Brisbane’s Camerata.
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, Yamaha Young Performing Artist Award, 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!, and From the Top.
Her album Entendre (Sono Luminus) is the winner of the Violoncello Foundation Listener’s Choice Award. Other albums include A Dué Celli, recorded in San Francisco at the legendary Studio Trilogy with cellist David Requiro as the Weiss-Requiro Duo, and a forthcoming album of Czech Piano Trios recorded with the Streeton Trio to be released on the Decca Label.
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 from Rice University, graduating magna cum laude, and both her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts at The Juilliard School as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow and a SYLFF Fellow.
Weiss was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Cello and Head of Chamber Music at the Queensland Conservatorium in 2015. Previous faculty positions include Artist-in-Residence at the University of Puget Sound, Cello Fellow in Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program, and Visiting Professor at the Vanke Meisha Academy in Shenzhen, China. She regularly performs at music festivals around the world, including Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, Melbourne Cello Festival, Coramba Chamber Music Festival, and Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.
Weiss performs on a Gioffredo Cappa cello, c. 1690, generously provided for her by an anonymous supporter.