Sabine Meyer is a classical clarinetist, whose variety of repertoire can only be compared with the amount of her collaboration activities with other talented and world-famous musicians. She made her professional debut at the age of 16, and began her career as a member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, then the Berlin Philharmonic, where her appointment as one of the orchestra’s first female members caused controversy. Herbert von Karajan, the orchestra’s music director, hired Meyer in September 1982, but the players voted against her at the conclusion of her probation period and so, after nine months, Meyer left the orchestra to become a full-time solo clarinetist. She has performed with a large number of orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic. In addition, she regularly performs with the Radio Symphony Orchestras in Vienna, Basel, Warsaw, Prague, Turin, Budapest, Brussels and Copenhagen and with major orchestras in Spain, Italy, Holland, Japan and Switzerland.
Sabine Meyer is a committed player of symphony and chamber music and plays all styles of classical music – from Molter, Stamitz and Mozart to Denisov and Hosokawa, Obst and Rascatov, finding great value in continued long-term collaboration with other musicians. Being one of the most notable solo clarinetists, she has released many recordings, and since 2003 she has been playing in Lucerne Festival Orchestra.