Prominently established as a unique and masterful instrumentalist, Edgar Meyer delights his audiences both as a vibrant performer and as an innovative composer. Hailed by The New Yorker as “the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument,â€? Meyer’s unparalleled technique and musicianship, in combination with his gift for composition, have brought him to the fore, where he is appreciated by a vast, varied audience. His uniqueness in the field was recognized by a MacArthur Award in 2002.
Fruitful collaborations are the cornerstone of Meyer’s work. The recently released Music for Two is the latest collaboration with banjoist BÃ©la Fleck and features live performances from the duo’s tours together from October 2001 to September 2003. The album Short Trip Home, released in fall of 1999, was nominated for a Grammy award in the category of Best Classical Crossover Album, and the group (Meyer, Joshua Bell and others) was subsequently invited to perform live at the 42nd annual Grammy Awards.
As a classical bassist and composer, Meyer has written many works for bass, including his Concerto in D for Double Bass and Orchestra, Double Concerto for Cello and Double Bass, and Quintet for Bass and String Quartet. He has performed with many orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival Orchestra. He has also appeared as a frequent guest at the Aspen, Tanglewood, Caramoor, and Marlboro music festivals.
An exclusive SONY artist who is ever involved in imaginative projects, Meyer and colleagues Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O’ Connor have been widely acclaimed for the Sony releases of Appalachia Waltz and Appalachian Journey. The latter won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album. Meyer has performed with the LA Chamber Orchestra in concerts, family concerts, the orchestra’s education program for fourth – sixth graders (Meet the Music), and at the 2004 Bach to Bluegrass concert gala.http://www.edgarmeyer.com/