Episode 2: Lavinia Meijer: Reinventing an Age Old Instrument
World-renowned musician Lavinia Meijer shares how working in the Intersection helped her bring controversy, modernity, and experimentation into the unlikeliest of musical instruments…the harp. During our conversation, Lavinia reveals how the Medici Effect changed her perception on collaboration, and gave her the courage to embrace being uncomfortable in order to smash through barriers and explore new possibilities. We also talk about her groundbreaking work with Academy Award nominated composer Philip Glass, and her undying passion to push the harp (and herself) far beyond the realms of traditional music.
An exclusive Sony Classical International artist, harpist Lavinia Meijer performs solo concerts from Carnegie Hall NYC to the Berlin Philharmonie, being one of the most important, pioneering and exciting musicians of our times. She has two gold records, and a certified platinum record for the album Metamorphosis / the Hours with pieces by American composer Philip Glass.
As a featured soloist, Lavinia performed harp concertos with renowned orchestras, like Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, working with conductors like Andrew Grams, Thierry Fischer, Charles Floyd, Frans Brüggen, Hannu Lintu, and Marco Boni. She played Bryce Dessner’s exciting piece Aheym as a special guest artist of Kronos Quartet. Lavinia is the only classical artist hitting the top 10 in the Dutch rock album charts with three consecutive albums, and starred in a TV-commercial for the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum in 2015.