Photo © Christian Ruvolo
Sabine Meyer is one of the most renowned soloists worldwide. It is thanks to her that the clarinet, often underestimated as a solo instrument, has recaptured the concert podium.
Born in Crailsheim, Sabine Meyer initially pursued her orchestral career after studying in Stuttgart with Otto Hermann and in Hanover with Hans Deinzer and became a member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by a commitment as a solo clarinettist with the Berliner Philharmoniker, but she soon gave up, as she was increasingly asked as a soloist. In more than thirty years, she has performed countless concerts and radio and television appearances in all music centers in Europe, Brazil, Israel, Canada, China and Australia, Japan and the USA.
Sabine Meyer celebrated success as a soloist with more than three hundred orchestras in Germany and abroad. She has guested with all major orchestras in Germany and has been engaged by the world’s leading orchestras, such as by the Vienna Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Orchester de la Suisse Romande, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, Basel, Warsaw, Prague and Budapest, as well as numerous others other sound bodies.
Sabine Meyer’s special affection belongs to chamber music, where she places value on long-term, continuous cooperation. In various compositions she has performed with such artists as Heinrich Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Oleg Maisenberg, Leif Ove Andsnes, Fazil Say, Martin Helmchen, Juliane Banse, the Hagen Quartet, the Tokyo String Quartet and the Modigliani Quartet.
She founded the “Trio di Clarone” with her husband Reiner Wehle and her brother Wolfgang Meyer in 1983. Mozart’s almost forgotten original compositions as well as important contemporary works form the repertoire, expanded by extraordinary programs, often in collaboration with jazz clarinetist Michael Riessler.
In solo and chamber music, Sabine Meyer continues to focus on contemporary music – including works by Jean Françaix, Edison Denissov, Harald Genzmer, Toshio Hosokawa, Niccolo Castiglioni, Manfred Trojahn, Aribert Reimann, Peter Eötvös and Oscar Bianchi.
Sabine Meyer has made numerous recordings at EMI Classics; Furthermore, there are recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, for Sony and for Avi-music. The recorded repertoire ranges from pre-classical to contemporary compositions and includes all important works for clarinet.
In addition to her eight-time “Echo Klassik” award, Sabine Meyer is the recipient of the “Niedersachsen Prize”, the “Brahms Prize”, the “Praetorius Music Prize Lower Saxony”; She is a member of the “Academy of Arts Hamburg” and was awarded the Order “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres”.
Since 1993, Sabine Meyer has held a professorship at the University of Music in Lübeck.
Sabine Meyer Mozart Clarinet Quintet – Carmina Quartet