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The classical world is experiencing a sea change, leading this second renounce is the
youngest classical composer, after the great Amadeus Mozart. David Meyer is without
doubt this generations classical prodigy and is already selling out concert halls globally.
He follows in the footsteps of Brahms with a new original sound which draws on
inspirations but is unique and original. Critics are singing his praises claiming that his
young interpretation is just what this stagnated industry needs right now. His philosophy
is simple, for classical music to be re-introduced back into the global zeitgeist, and to
inspire the next generation of classical composers.

I met up with David in a small jazz bar along brick lane, on a crisp autumn morning. He is
sitting at a vintage rustic piano casually playing a stream of music, occasionally stopping
to jot something down in a small leather note book. It is at this point that I catch his
attention, he smiles warmly rising slowly to shake my hand. His demeanour is calm and
relaxed and is entirely in his element, dressed in a plain black shirt with jeans and
sneakers, this casual state of dress is unusual to say the least, when I bring up this fact
he laugh and says.
Well I guess I am an oxymoron
shaking my hand he leads me to a small comfortable room in the back of the shop and
the interview begins.
What got you into classical music?
To be honest (smiling) it was almost pre destined. I mean dont get me wrong, classical
music has been in present throughout my entire life one way or another.
I asked him what he meant by this?
Well my first memory a 4 year old me is lying in my bed listening, to what a later
discovered was the four seasons by Vivaldi. I remember just lying there letting the
composition wash over me into soothing sleep. But I really started to appreciate the
music during my studies, it was classical music which allowed me to focus my mind and
get me through education.
Was it at this point that you realised you wanted to pursue a career in this industry?
Well yes and no Even thou classical music was a big part of my life I keep it secret from
my friends and others around me. I did not want the social stigma which comes with
liking that sort of music. At 15 I could barely play the accordion, and did not express any
desire to learn an instrument.
What change your mind about liking classical music?
All that while I still yearned to play, without realising it, so one day out of boredom I
took our old electric piano up to my room and started to learn.
Are you saying your self-taught?
Well to begin with yes. I did not pick it up overnight, but with the use of hundreds of
educational material online I began to improve. I found it almost instinctual those first
months with a piano, slowly discovering my talent and passion, and to this day I still
possess an incredible fondness for the piano.

So what happened next?


Well the rest as you say is history. When my talent increased I started to perform, from
small venues such as this caf here, until one day I was noticed by a performing arts
school. A full scholarship and three years later I had mastered several instruments and
understood the rest on a granular level. From that point it was the next logical step to
begin creating my own classical compositions.
What were your first compositions?
Before any of my more popular works I composed a few pieces which failed to capture
the publics imagination. This was the teething stage of my life, and I was discovering my
own sound. My first album titled le poison en du mar contain a few controversial
tracks, which mixed classical with modern jazz and R and B of all things.
How did that come across to the general public?
It was a complete failure with fans mistaking my experimentation as disrespect to the
genre and selling out in the eyes of the public.
What was your first successful composition?
However the composition I am known for was the burning lake, a 24 piece orchestra
with my own unique sound. It was meet with critic success and is still being played
around the country.
Are there any upcoming events or compositions which you are willing to share?
(Smiling) well I always have a hundred different ideas bouncing around in my head, but
there are a few upcoming project that might be interesting to your readers.
My new compositions premiers in the Royal Albert hall and is titled the experience of
sound. I shall be conducting the piece and it already been sold out for the first five night.
But that is not what important to me. What I want is to bring back classical music.
What do you mean by bringing classical music back?
My passion has been to change peoples perception of classical music. I want to reach
out to the kids like me who have that passion but with no way to express their emotions.
Thats why I have created the charity symphony of youth, its aim it to give the advantage
for all talented virtuoso out there. I hope that my success and background will inspire
others to achieve what they are passionate about. And above all I am on a one man
crusade to introduce classical music into the mainstream culture.
I hear that there is a new album in the works, care to share some details?
Yes my new album is probably my finest work to date. I have learned from both my
successes and failures, and trust me when I state your readers will never had
experienced anything like it. I wont go so far as to state it is my magnum opus but it
certainly is close. It will be released at the end of this month, and it will be called
Symphony of the night.
After speaking with this young virtuoso, I am stuck by the significance of his words and
vision for redefining the image of classical music. Is the age of classical music solely
consumed by the elite a thing of the past? And what will evolve to replace it? David

Meyer has certainly opened up the debate for the possibility of a postmodern classical
genre on the verge of fruition. I suggest that you keep an eye out for David Meyer and
the Cultural Revolution he wishes to unleash, he is truly the representation of a
Virtuoso.
David Meyer new album the Symphony of the night is out now.