Jeffery Meyer was a pianist living in Berlin, Germany, when he made connections through a friend to play a concert in St. Petersburg, Russia. The opportunity fell through, but a subsequent conversation with his friend about St. Petersburg’s deeply rooted classical music scene and its lack of appreciation for modern composers compelled him to switch to conducting and head to the cultural capital of Russia to create a new chamber orchestra. Meyer wanted to form a group that was “dedicated to up-and-coming performers and composers,” he says. “To be a progressive voice in the culture.” And so, in 2002, Meyer founded the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic.
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