A graduate of the Otto-Falkenberg Drama School in Munich Eva Meier made her debut at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan with a programme of Brecht songs, which jumpstarted her career as a chanson singer. Her broad repertoire includes music by Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler and Paul Dessau to lyrics by Bert Brecht and Kurt Tucholsky, chansons by Werner Richard Heymann, Friedrich Hollaender and Mischa Spoliansky as well as Weill's American musical songs. Peer Raben, who has written the scores for all Fassbinder films, has set to music for Meier poems ranging from Heinrich Heine to Hans Magnus Enzensberger.
The artist has thrilled audiences at home and in numerous countries outside her native Germany, including Spain, Italy, USA, Japan, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, North Africa, and in particular Great Britain where she performed at the Linbury Studio of the Royal Opera House as part of the Covent Garden Festivals in 1998, 2000 and 2001, at the Purcell Room for the Jewish Music Festivals in 2001 and 2002 as well as the London Jewish Cultural Centre in 2004 and 2006. Further invitations have included the Mayfair, Edinburgh, Arundel and Dublin Festivals, the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, the New Gallery and the German House in New York City, the Jüdische Festwochen in Frankfurt am Main and the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau.
More recently she has often performed in Asia and beyond, e.g. in Beijing at the German Embassy’s Brecht-Heine Festival and the Bei Wai University in 2006, in Shanghai at the He Luting Concert Hall in 2008, in Guangzhou/Canton at the Saphire Art Space in 2008 and the Xinghai Concert Hall in 2009, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2007, the German Embassy in Jakarta in 2007 and for the Hong Kong City Festival 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Engagements in 2010 and 2011 include recitals in Hong Kong, Macau, at the Royal Academy of Music in London, The Machynlleth Festival in Wales and the Mozart Festival in Johannesburg in Southafrica.
Eva Meier has been featured in both radio and television programmes numerous times including broadcasts by all major German radio stations, the BBC, NHK Tokyo, RTHK Radio 4 Hong Kong and CCTV in Beijing.
On three of her six albums Eva Meier is accompanied by Irish pianist and composer Conor Linehan, for the last nine years she has been performing together with German pianist Paul Cibis.
In recent years Eva Meier has also been invited for master classes at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou/Canton and at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Pianist Paul Cibis is known both as a soloist and accompanist with regular performances in his native Germany and abroad. He has been invited to various festivals such as the Feuchtwangen Piano Festival or the Oxford Lieder Festival; and has travelled as far as New Zealand for a series of song recitals, or the US for solo recitals in Los Angeles and New York City. He has appeared in TV & radio broadcasts for the WDR, 3Sat, ORB, HR, RTHK, CCTV and the BBC.
His first collaboration with Eva Meier took place for a series of concerts in Munich in April 2001. Since then they have performed numerous times together in Europe, the UK, and in Asia at festivals in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Adelaide, Australia.
Born in Germany, Paul studied piano with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hanover and with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He additionally studied as a Lied pianist with Graham Johnston and Eugene Asti at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
He regularly gives master classes for pianists in Taiwan and South Korea. From 2005 to 2009 Paul was a member of staff at Trinity College of Music in London; additionally he has given Lieder workshops at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou/Canton, China.
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The pianist was born in Ireland and divides his time between Ireland and Britain.
After studying Music and English at Trinity College Dublin he continued
his piano studies with Peter Feuchtwanger in London.
As a soloist he has given the world premieres of piano concertos
by Ronan Guilfoyle (with the RTE Concert Orchestra) and Don Ray
(with the Sinfonia Bulgarica in Sofia). He has also performed Strawinsky's
concerto for piano and wind with the National Syphony Orchestra
of Ireland and further concertos by Chopin, Grieg and Litlolff with
the RTECO. In addition he performs a large range of solo and chamber
music from the Baroque period to contemporary works. He has composed
extensively for the theatre, such as for the Royal Shakespeare Company,
the Royal National Theatre, and The Abbey Theatre Dublin.
He has also written scores for dance, short films, and radio. Linehan
has worked with Meier for almost ten years. They have toured worldwide
and recorded three albums of German Cabaret songs.