American cellist Meta Weiss (pronounced MAY-ta) made her international debut at the age of seven in Utrecht, Holland, and has established herself as one of the leading cellists of her generation. An acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, and artist, her performances have taken her to venues throughout the US and internationally, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, The Kimmel Center, Royal Albert Hall, The Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, and Teatro Britanico (Peru). Recent solo appearances include concertos with the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira (Rio de Janeiro), Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro (Brasilia), and Third Coast Percussion.
She has garnered top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, Washington International Competition, Seattle Ladies Musical Club Award Tour Competition, Carmel Music Society Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition, Schadt Cello Competition, Yamaha Young Performing Artist Award, and the TexASTA Solo Competition. As a member of the cello-rock group Break of Reality, she was selected by the US Department of State as a “musical ambassador” for the American Music Abroad Program. With Break of Reality, she has toured across America, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Brazil.
Entendre, the debut album of duoW, her violin-cello duo with violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan, was released on the Grammy award-winning label Sono Luminus and is the winner of the Violoncello Foundation Listener’s Choice Award. Her album A Dué Celli was recorded in San Francisco at the legendary Studio Trilogy with cellist David Requiro as the Weiss-Requiro Duo. As a member of the Streeton Trio, she recently recorded an album of Czech Piano Trios to be released on the Decca Label.
Weiss began the cello at age four and has studied with Joel Krosnick, Darrett Adkins, Norman Fischer, Irene Sharp, Joan Jeanrenaud, and Michael Reynolds. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Weiss completed both her Master's of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at The Juilliard School as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow and a SYLFF Fellow.
She was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Cello at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2015. Her previous faculty positions include Artist-in-Residence at the University of Puget Sound, Cello Fellow in the Juilliard Music Advancement Program, and Virtuosi Artist at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. She regularly performs at music festivals around the world, including Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, Coramba Chamber Music Festival, and Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.
Weiss performs on a Gioffredo Cappa cello, c. 1690, generously provided for her by an anonymous supporter.