Edward Meares was selected by Sir Neville Marriner to join the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 1972 at age 20, and subsequently was appointed principal bass.
After leaving LACO, Meares served as principal bass with the Pasadena Symphony, the California and Colorado chamber orchestras, and the orchestra of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. He is also a former member of the LA Opera Orchestra and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pacific Symphony.
Meares has recorded more than 1,500 film scores and has served as principal bass on film scores by Academy Award-winning composers Elmer Bernstein, Bill Conti, Michael Danna, Georges Delerue, Elliot Goldenthal, Jerry Goldsmith, Dave Grusin, Maurice Jarre, Leonard Rosenman, John Williams and Hans Zimmer.
He has recorded with such diverse artists as Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, John Pattitucci, Diana Krall and Frank Zappa. In addition, he has toured as principal bass with Barbra Streisand as well as with Keith Jarrett’s chamber orchestra.
Meares has performed chamber music with colleagues from around the world while participating in the Aspen, Grand Teton, Colorado Music, Oregon Bach, Bath (UK), Strawberry Creek and Ojai festivals.
He studied early music performance practices while still in high school with Alphonse Carlo at Rollins College in his hometown of Winter Park, Florida before continuing his musical education at New England Conservatory and Cal Arts. His primary bass teachers were Hilde Hagburg, Buell Neidlinger and William Rhein.