Edgar Meyer

Double Bass, Composer

Biography

In demand as both a performer and a composer, Edgar Meyer has formed a role in the music world unlike any other.  Hailed by The New Yorker as “…the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument”, Mr. Meyer’s unparalleled technique and musicianship in combination with his gift for composition have brought him to the fore.  His uniqueness in the field was recognized by a MacArthur Award in 2002.

As a solo classical bassist, Mr. Meyer can be heard on a concerto album with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hugh Wolff featuring Bottesini and Meyer concertos both alone and with Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell.  He has also recorded an album featuring three of Bach’s Unaccompanied Suites for Cello.  Mr. Meyer was honored with his fifth Grammy® Award in 2015 for Best Contemporary Instrumental album for his Bass & Mandolin collaboration with Chris Thile.

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Reviews

“…Edgar Meyer can coax his instrument to be as expressive as a cello in a Bach unaccompanied cello sonata, make it sing like a tenor or bounce like a bluegrass band in his own music and, in a pinch, get it to walk a bass line like a longtime jazzman.”

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