Margaret Dyer has carved out a unique career as one of the US’s finest chamber musicians.
This season’s highlights have included appearances with the Daedalus Quartet, the Amphion Quartet, the Hausmann Quartet and alongside the acclaimed clarinet virtuoso, David Krakauer at his sold out residency at The Stone in New York City. In early Spring, she performed at the American Embassy in Abu Dhabi and in June was a featured artist at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany.
Margaret is in frequent demand as a guest artist with other chamber groups such as ECCO, Decoda, the Knights, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She was a founding member of Boston’s acclaimed unconducted string orchestra, A Far Cry. She has also collaborated with contemporary music ensembles Le Train Bleu, International Contemporary Ensemble, American Contemporary Music Ensemble and Periapsis, all based in New York City. As a member of Ensemble ACJW, a partnership of Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School, she has collaborated with Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Tetzlaff, and Emanuel Ax. She has also played with the St. Louis Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Princeton Symphony, New York City Ballet Orchestra, and was guest principal for both the Brooklyn and Long Island Philharmonics.
Margaret has a strong passion for cultural collaboration and community involvement and in 2010, she was granted a fellowship position in The Academy: a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. In addition to creating engaging chamber music programs for hospitals, detention centers, and other community centers across the city, she was a guest teacher at Curtis High School on Staten Island during the two-year fellowship. She has also been a guest artist and teacher at the Yellow Barn Young Artists Festival and has given masterclasses in Mexico City, Lima, Abu Dhabi, and cities across the United States. Margaret combined her passion for music, engagement and travel when she went down the Amazon River for the Espacios y Canales sound project, an experimental sound project recording original composition against the sounds of the jungle.
Although her training was entirely classically-based, Margaret enjoys collaborating with artists of all styles. Some of these more household names include John Legend, Michelle Williams, Rufus Wainright, David Sylvian, Grizzly Bear, Owen Pallett, and David Saw. She recently performed on the soundtrack for the acclaimed film, Orchestra of Exiles, and she was a member of 2013 Radio City Christmas Spectacular orchestra. Margaret holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory. She can be heard on recordings by NEOS Label, Iris Records, and Fortune Records.