Edgar Meyer

Edgar Meyer

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In demand as both a performer and a composer, Edgar Meyer has carved out a remarkable and unique niche in the musical world. As a solo classical bassist, he has performed extensively with orchestras and in recital, and made recordings of his own compositions, as well as works by Bottesini and Bach. In October 2011 Sony Masterworks released The Goat Rodeo Sessions, on which Mr. Meyer joins Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, and fiddler Stuart Duncan. The fall of 2009 saw the release of The Melody of Rhythm, a collection of trio pieces and a triple concerto co-composed with Béla Fleck and Zakir Hussain, and in 2007 Sony/BMG released the compilation The Best of Edgar Meyer. He has performed and recorded alongside Joshua Bell (for whom he wrote a violin-piano composition), Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Hilary Hahn (for whom he composed a concerto recorded by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra). This season he is composer-in-residence with the Alabama Symphony and premieres his third concerto for double bass. An artist of the Chamber Music Society since 1994, Mr. Meyer has written two works for CMS: the Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Double Bass and Trout Variations for piano quintet. He is the only bassist to have won an Avery Fisher Prize and is the 2002 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Grant. Mr. Meyer is currently a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and The Curtis Institute of Music.