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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Marty the maestro

"Last year, Marty Meyer won the Concerto Competition as a sophomore in college  with his rendition of the Dvorak cello concerto." writes Shauna Kaske, Staff Reporter.

Photo: The Butler Collegian

The Concerto Competition is given in the fall, where a group of talented students are judged by faculty and outside musicians. In the spring, the winner plays with the Butler Symphony Orchestra.

Needless to say, Meyer’s dedication to his music does not go unnoticed.

Meyer began learning the piano from his father when he was in kindergarten, but he did not start playing the cello until fifth grade.
At Butler, Meyer decided to pursue both music and actuarial science.

“I chose music just because I have a passion for the cello and it makes me really happy,” Meyer said.

He had thought about future careers in music at the time, and collegiate teaching or orchestral playing sounded appealing.

He said balancing the two majors has recently become stressful.

Studying for actuarial science exams has greatly shortened his preferred practicing time. 

Still, Meyer somehow manages the hours.

Meyer also differs from most music majors in that he gives a recital each semester rather than once a year.

“Every string player is going to have a unique sound because their instrument is different and comes from a different maker,” Meyer said. “I play careful attention to emotion and interpretation. I always try to bring out subtleties.”

Meyer enjoys solo playing, but he enjoys interaction with other musicians most.

Meyer’s recital will take place April 25 at 8 p.m. in Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall.
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Additional resources
Dvorak Cello Concerto  

Source: The Butler Collegian and Russel K Channel (YouTube)