Allan Meyer has been Principal Clarinet with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra since 1990. His distinguished career has seen him perform in many parts of Australia.
He has performed in numerous broadcasts for the ABC and for the Universities in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. In 1997 and 1999, Allan performed and taught in Massachusetts. He was also Guest Principal Clarinettist for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and performed in the Musicorda, Mohawk Trail and Williamstown Chamber Music Festivals.
Allan was born in Perth and studied with WASO's Principal Clarinet, Jack Harrison, graduating from UWA with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree with first class honours. He went on to complete a Master of Music (Performance) degree and complete post graduate studies in London with John McCaw, Antony Pay and Jack Brymer.
After 8 years with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Allan returned to Perth as Principal Clarinet. He teaches at the School of Music at the University of Western Australia and has appeared regularly in lunchtime recitals and chamber music concerts. He performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto to full houses in April 2005 as part of the WASO’s Master Series.
In April 2007 Allan performed in the Australian Premiere of Richard Mills' Concerto for Violin and Clarinet and in December 2009 performed the World Premiere of James Ledger's new work for Clarinet Quintet at the Utzon Room in the Sydney Opera House. In 2011 Allan premiered Iain Grandage and Kevin Gillam's work Blackwood with Sara Macliver and Graeme Gilling with art work by Brendon Darby.
In the 2012 Perth International Arts Festival, Allan was invited to perform the Brahms Quintet with the internationally renowned Escher String Quartet.
Allan is the President of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Western Australia.
"...in the slow movement, which was made even more memorable by some beautiful playing by Principal Clarinet Allan Meyer..."
Neville Cohn, The West Australian, March 22 2011
"...stylistically impeccable responses had the stamp of distinction. So, too, did those of clarinettist Allan Meyer"
Neville Cohn, The West Australian December 9th 2009
"…Meyer negotiated a fearsomely tricky solo line with the nonchalance of mastery…"
"…Allan Meyer, whose contribution was, as always, the last word in musicality and stylistic integrity…"
Neville Cohn, The West Australian December 7th 2004