Meet the Musicians: ROBERT MEYER

Every Friday night for the next seven weeks, we're going to post a profile of one of the amazing musicians of the 2016 festival, starting with...

 

 Robert and Pikachu face off in Taipei

Robert and Pikachu face off in Taipei

Name: Robert Meyer
Nickname: 蘿蔔
Instrument: Viola

Friday night libation: Decaf

Favorite piece that's being performed at PCMF 2016 and why:
Mendelssohn's D-major String Quartet. This piece is the embodiment of unabashed, youthful joy from beginning to end, and one of the most thrilling works in any genre. The first time I ever heard it, I could not stay in my seat!

What are you looking forward most about spending a week in the Bay Area?
Making music with old and new friends, and exploring the food and coffee culture, which is different, and I would say in some ways superior, to my beloved New York.

What's the craziest or most memorable thing that's happened to you during a performance?
I was playing an outdoor summer concert, and a fly landed on my music right at the part we were playing. In a moment of confusion, I actually played the fly instead of the printed note. To my knowledge, this is the only known insect composer to have his work performed in front of several thousand concert-goers. Not counting Bee-thoven, of course.