Aleeza Meir

Aleeza Meir, director and harpsichord

Aleeza Meir is based in New York City. Raised as a homeschooler, she pursued her musical studies independently with fortepianist Malcolm Bilson (who called her one of the most talented students he’d ever had) and composer Steven Stucky.

Accomplished on piano, organ and harpsichord, she began her career as a staff pianist at the Ithaca College School of Music at the age of 16. She has since appeared with artists and composers including the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, Bob Chilcott, Edward Carroll, Harolyn Blackwell, Kronos Quartet, Jan Opalach, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the New England Symphonic Ensemble, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, to National Sawdust, to St. Olaf’s Church in Balestrand, Norway. She has also performed in the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, and North America, in a wide variety of venues and capacities ranging from concerto soloist to continuo player. She placed second in the International Piano Masterclass of Bechyne festival competition and was a prizewinner in the Otto B. Schoepfle national organ competition.

Ms. Meir served as pianist for the Boys Choir of Harlem, and spent ten years as keyboardist for John Rutter in New York City. Currently she is principal pianist for the celebrated Brooklyn Youth Chorus, which regularly commissions and premieres works of today’s leading composers including Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Paola Prestini, and Caroline Shaw; with them she has performed at festivals including MusicNOW, Ecstatic Music Festival, Bang on a Can, and numerous broadcasts on WQXR in NYC. She also serves as faculty pianist for the Allen-Stevenson School, pianist for Middlebury Language Schools’ German for Singers program, music director for historic Old First Reformed Church in NYC, and is the founder/director of Baroquelyn.