Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, USA, Allen Meek has been with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trombone since 1998. Prior to joining the SSO, Meek has served as Assistant Principal Trombone of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Second Trombone of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He was also a performer with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and acted as a substitute player for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Meek received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied under principal teachers Norman Bolter and Chester Schmitz of the Boston Symphony. He has also studied in the Washington, D.C. area with John Huling of the National Symphony and Chris Matten of the United States Air Force Band. For several years while at the New England Conservatory, Meek was a member of the Honors Brass Quintet, a scholarship quintet which is accorded the highest honour at the New England Conservatory.
A committed educator, Meek is an Artist Faculty of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, and has given solo recitals and master classes throughout Asia, Australia and Europe. In 2008, Meek made his solo debut with the Singapore Symphony performing the Asian premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winning Trombone Concerto by American composer Christopher Rouse.
Meek can be heard on the Sony label with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra, on the Centaur label as soloist with Frank Battisti and the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble performing the music of Pulitzer Prize winning composers John Harbison and Michael Colgrass, and on the BIS label with Lan Shui and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.