Edgar Meyer

Edgar Meyer, double bass, and AMFS alumnus, has formed a role in the music world unlike any other. Combining performance and composition with stylistic breadth, his uniqueness in the field was recognized by a MacArthur Award in 2002. Highlights of Mr. Meyer’s discography include the Bottesini and Meyer bass concertos with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, an album featuring three of Bach’s Unaccompanied Suites for Cello, and his Bass & Mandolin collaboration with Chris Thile, for which he received his fifth Grammy Award. His compositions have been premiered and recorded by Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Hilary Hahn, and the Emerson String Quartet, among others. He is a member of numerous groups whose members include Chris Thile, Bela Fleck, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, and Amy Dorfman, among others. Mr. Meyer began studying bass at the age of five with his father and later continued his studies with Stuart Sankey. In 1994 he received the Avery Fisher Career Grant and in 2000 became the only bassist to receive the Avery Fisher Prize. Currently, he teaches bass in partnership with Hal Robinson at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.