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Anne Akiko Meyers. Balancing motherhood and music

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It's an early spring morning, thick with an eerie fog that traces the city's rolling green hills. Anne Akiko Meyers is in her living room, looking contentedly out on Lake Austin, which, in the haze, looks like an expansive ocean with a horizon that appears, like her career, to be limitless.

The decision to become a concert violinist came early for Meyers, at age 7, to be exact. Described as a child prodigy, at age 11, she debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and made her first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. At 18, she put out her first recording and went on to release 32 studio albums (16 of which are solo) during the next 25 years. She currently plays on a 274-year-old violin valued at $16 million, and in 2014, was Billboard's No. 1 traditional classical instrumental soloist. She's adored by audiences and has been featured on national and international television and radio, has performed at preeminent concert halls throughout the world, and collaborated with the world's most celebrated musicians, constantly evolving to take her art to the next level.

With all her accolades and accomplishments, Meyers remains her charming, witty, down-to-earth self, establishing roots in Austin with her husband and two young girls. The esteemed violinist leads me to her cozy sunroom wearing a summery cobalt-blue dress and her signature pixie cut. Meyers has a quiet intensity about her but also laughs easily and often, offering engaging conversation. As the gray of the day melts away and the sun lights up our surroundings, she begins to recount the history of her lifelong career.  READ THE FULL Austin Woman ARTICLE