Edgar Meyer

The New Yorker calls bassist and composer Edgar Meyer “…the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument.” His unparalleled musicianship and compositional gift have earned an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Avery Fisher Prize, and a MacArthur Award. 

Meyer began studying classical bass with his father at the age of five, continuing with Stuart Sankey.  He has performed with the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa, recorded with Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and released The Best of Edgar Meyer compilation on Sony/BMG.  He premiered his Double Bass Concerto No. 1 with Edo de Waart and the Minnesota Orchestra, and his Quintet for Bass and String Quartet with the Emerson String Quartet is recorded on Deutsche Grammophon.

In 2011-12, Meyer was composer-in-residence with the Alabama Symphony, premiering his third concerto for double bass, and performing his revised Double Bass Concerto No. 2 with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.  Hillary Hahn premiered and recorded Meyer’s violin concerto with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Collaborative projects include a duo with Béla Fleck; a quartet with Joshua Bell, Sam Bush and Mike Marshall; and a trio with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O’Connor.  The latter’s Grammy winning Appalachian Journey toured the U.S., Europe, and Asia.  For recitals, Meyer works with longtime collaborator pianist Amy Dorfman.

Meyer is Visiting Professor of Double Bass at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.


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