Edgar Meyer

Double Bass

Edgar Meyer Photo credit: Jim McGuire

As both a performer and a composer, Edgar Meyer plays a role in the music world unlike any other. He has been hailed by the New Yorker as “...the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument.” His distinction in the field was recognized in 2000, when he became the only bassist to be awarded the Avery Fisher Prize, and in 2002 by a MacArthur Award. Mr. Meyer’s most recent recording is a collection of Bach trios with Chris Thile and Yo-Yo Ma, and he was honored with his fifth Grammy Award in 2015 for his Bass & Mandolin recording with Chris Thile. His compositions have been premiered and recorded by pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, banjo player Béla Fleck, tabla player Zakir Hussain, violinist Hilary Hahn, and the Emerson String Quartet, among others. Last year, the Nashville Symphony and the Aspen Music Festival and School commissioned his first purely orchestral work, which was premiered by the Nashville Symphony in March 2017. Additionally, Bravo! Vail and The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields commissioned an Overture for Violin and Orchestra that was premiered by Joshua Bell and ASMF in June 2017.