In demand as both performer and composer, Edgar Meyer has formed a unique role in the music world. His 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 solo classical bassist, Mr. Meyer has recorded concertos with Hugh Wolff and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as three of Bach’s Suites for unaccompanied cello. In 2015 he received his fifth Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for his Bass & Mandolin in collaboration with Chris Thile. As composer, he has had his music premiered and recorded by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Emerson String Quartet, and many major soloists. He has been and remains a member of numerous groups. His debut album in 1985 featured the first public appearance of bluegrass group Strength in Numbers
Mr. Meyer began studying bass at age five with his father and continued further study with Stuart Sankey. In 1994 he received the Avery Fisher Career Grant and in 2000 became the only bassist to receive the Avery Fisher Prize. He currently teaches bass in partnership with Hal Robinson at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.