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Paul Meyer has been chief conductor of the Chamber Orchestra Mannheim since the season 2019/20
Paul Meyer is one of the leading clarinettists in the world of music performing regularly with renowned orchestras in Europe and the United States, in the Far East and Australia. More than 20 world premières have been dedicated to him, among others Penderecki's, Berio's and Corigliano's clarinet concertos or the clarinet concertos by Thierry Escaich, Qigang Chen or Michael Jarrell which Paul Meyer helped to inaugurate in Salzburg, Amsterdam or Vienna and which have since become part of the international repertoire. Apart from his career as a soloist Paul Meyer has been an international conductor since 1988. He founded the Orchestre de Chambre d'Alsace, assisted John Crewe with the Northern Junior Philharmonic in England and was appointed "Associate Chief Conductor" of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra by Myung Whun Chung, shaping its international profile particularly with French compositions and works by Roussel, Dukas and Saint-Saëns. Paul Meyer is co-founder of the Korean Orchestra Academy for Young Talents. From 2009 until 2012 Paul Meyer was chief conductor of the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and since has worked with a number of renowned orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, l'Orchestre National de Bordeaux, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Flemish Philharmonik, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Danish Symphony Orchestra or the China Philharmonic.
So far his artistic musical activities have been documented by more than 50 CD recordings with leading labels, among others DGG, Sony, RCA, EMI and Virgin; for these he won numerous prizes, e.g. Fono-Forum, Diaposon d'Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Gamophon and Grammy Awards. His recordings of the piano concertos by Mozart and Haydn as conductor of the Camerata Padova with JM Luisada as soloist are particularly worth mentioning here, as are Darius Milhaud's compositions with the Royal Philharmonique de Liège, the compositions of Corigliano & Carter with the Brussels Philharmonic or Elgar's & Walton's cello concertos with the Staatskapelle Weimar, as well as the horn concertos of diverse epochs with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the highly successful CD «Bolero de Meyer» with the Tokyo Kosei Orchestra. A number of performances with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne have won prizes in which he played as well as conducted.
The Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra , the Stockholm Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia, also the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and the Munich Kammerorchester should be mentioned as some examples of the chamber orchestras conducted by Paul Meyer. In 2012 Paul Meyer was awarded France's highest cultural distinction for his musical merits – the "Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres".
In autumn 2018, Paul Meyer was unanimously elected to succeed Johannes Schlaefli as the new chief conductor of the Chamber Orchestra Mannheim, in whose hands the artistic development of the traditional orchestra has been since the 2019/2020 season.