Edgar Meyer

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Edgar Meyer
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Prominent contemporary bassist and composer. His styles include Classical, Bluegrass, Newgrass, and Jazz (born November 24, 1960).

Meyer has worked as a session musician in Nashville, part of various chamber groups, a composer, and an arranger. His collaborators have spanned a wide range of musical styles and talents; among them are Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Sam Bush, James Taylor, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall, Mark O'Connor, Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and the trio Nickel Creek.

Meyer grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He learned to play the double bass from his father, the late Edgar Meyer, Sr., who directed the string orchestra program for the local public school system. Meyer later went on to Indiana University to study with Stuart Sankey.

Meyer is noted for achieving virtuosity on an instrument of unusual technical difficulty. Following in the footsteps of other bass players like Gary Karr and Mark Bernat before him, he has tried a hand at performing music originally composed for other instruments, such as Bach's unaccompanied cello suites.

Meyer has also composed a number of works, including two double bass concertos, a string quintet, a double concerto for bass and cello, and a violin concerto in 1999 composed specifically for Hilary Hahn.

In 2000, he won the Avery Fisher Prize, given once every few years to classical instrumentalists for outstanding achievement. In 2002, he was named a MacArthur Fellow. Meyer's collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O'Connor on the widely acclaimed Sony Classical disc Appalachia Waltz reached the top of the United States pop charts for 16 weeks when it was released. Meyer collaborated again with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O'Connor on Appalachian Journey, that earned a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album.

On Meyer's self-titled 2006 Sony Classical release, he performs accompanied only by himself on a wide variety of instruments besides his usual piano and double bass, including guitar, banjo, viola da gamba, mandolin and dobro.

Meyer is Adjunct Associate Professor of Double Bass at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, as well as at the Curtis Institute.
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MCAC-5694 Edgar Meyer - Unfolding album art Edgar Meyer Unfolding (Album) MCA Records MCAC-5694 US 1986 Sell This Version
MCA-5964 Edgar Meyer - Dreams Of Flight album art Edgar Meyer Dreams Of Flight (Album) MCA Records MCA-5964 US 1987 Sell This Version
MCAC-6257 Edgar Meyer - Love Of A Lifetime album art Edgar Meyer Love Of A Lifetime (Album) MCA Records MCAC-6257 US 1988 Sell This Version
MCAD-10015 Edgar Meyer - Work In Progress album art Edgar Meyer Work In Progress(CD, Album) MCA Records MCAD-10015 US 1990 Sell This Version
SHC - 3817, SHC-3817 Edgar Meyer - Skip, Hop & Wobble album art Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg & Edgar Meyer Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg & Edgar Meyer - Skip, Hop & Wobble (Album) Sugar Hill Records (2) SHC - 3817, SHC-3817 US 1993 Sell This Version
WLA-CS-47-CD Edgar Meyer - Bourbon & Rosewater album art Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer - Bourbon & Rosewater (Album) Water Lily Acoustics WLA-CS-47-CD US 1995 Sell This Version
SK 61 964 Edgar Meyer - Quintet Op. 114 "The Trout"/"Die Forelle"/"La Truite" album art Schubert*, Emanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, Rebecca Young, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Barbara Bonney Schubert*, Emanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, Rebecca Young, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Barbara Bonney - Quintet Op. 114 "The Trout"/"Die Forelle"/"La Truite" (Album) Sony Classical SK 61 964 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
SK 68460 Edgar Meyer - Appalachia Waltz album art Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor - Appalachia Waltz (Album) Sony Classical SK 68460 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
SSK 8542 Edgar Meyer - Appalachia Waltz - Recorded Live From The Bottom Line November 6, 1996 album art Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor - Appalachia Waltz - Recorded Live From The Bottom Line November 6, 1996(CD, Promo, Transcription) Not On Label SSK 8542 US 1996 Sell This Version
SK 62891 Edgar Meyer - Uncommon Ritual album art Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Mike Marshall (2) Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Mike Marshall (2) - Uncommon Ritual (Album) Sony Classical SK 62891 US 1997 Sell This Version
474 321-2 Edgar Meyer - Quintet / String Quartet No. 4 album art Edgar Meyer, Emerson String Quartet - Meyer* / Rorem* Edgar Meyer, Emerson String Quartet - Meyer* / Rorem* - Quintet / String Quartet No. 4 Deutsche Grammophon 474 321-2 1998 Sell This Version
SK 60864 Edgar Meyer - Short Trip Home album art Joshua Bell & Edgar Meyer With Sam Bush & Mike Marshall (2) Joshua Bell & Edgar Meyer With Sam Bush & Mike Marshall (2) - Short Trip Home (Album) Sony Classical SK 60864 US 1999 Sell This Version
SK 60283 Edgar Meyer - Listen To The StoryTeller: A Trio Of Musical Tales From Around The World album art Wynton Marsalis, Edgar Meyer, Patrick Doyle Wynton Marsalis, Edgar Meyer, Patrick Doyle - Listen To The StoryTeller: A Trio Of Musical Tales From Around The World (Album) Sony Classical SK 60283 US 1999 Sell This Version
SK 89183 Edgar Meyer - Unaccompanied Cello Suites Performed On Double Bass album art Bach*, Edgar Meyer Bach*, Edgar Meyer - Unaccompanied Cello Suites Performed On Double Bass (Album) Sony Classical SK 89183 USA & Canada 2000 Sell This Version
ASK 66782-81 Edgar Meyer - Appalachian Journey album art Yo-Yo MaEdgar MeyerMark O'Connor Yo-Yo MaEdgar MeyerMark O'Connor - Appalachian Journey (Album) Sony Classical ASK 66782-81 US 1999 Sell This Version
SK 89029 Edgar Meyer - Barber & Meyer Violin Concertos album art Barber* / Meyer* - Hilary Hahn, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Hugh Wolff Barber* / Meyer* - Hilary Hahn, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Hugh Wolff - Barber & Meyer Violin Concertos (Album) Sony Classical SK 89029 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
ST 60956 Edgar Meyer - Meyer - Bottesini: Concertos album art Edgar Meyer with Joshua Bell & Yo-Yo Ma, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Hugh Wolff Edgar Meyer with Joshua Bell & Yo-Yo Ma, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Hugh Wolff - Meyer - Bottesini: Concertos (Album) Sony Classical ST 60956 Indonesia 2002 Sell This Version
SK 92106 Edgar Meyer - Music For Two album art Béla Fleck & Edgar Meyer Béla Fleck & Edgar Meyer - Music For Two (Album) Sony Classical SK 92106 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
SK 92764 Edgar Meyer - Great Performances: Schubert "Trout" Quintet album art Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, Rebecca Young, Edgar Meyer, Barbara Bonney Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, Rebecca Young, Edgar Meyer, Barbara Bonney - Great Performances: Schubert "Trout" Quintet(CD, Album, DSD) Sony Classical SK 92764 US 2004 Sell This Version
82796-96505-2 Edgar Meyer - Edgar Meyer album art Edgar Meyer Edgar Meyer(CD, Album) Sony Classical 82796-96505-2 US 2006 Sell This Version
7559-79891-3 Edgar Meyer - Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile album art Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile - Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile (Album) Nonesuch Records 7559-79891-3 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
099923202424 Edgar Meyer - The Melody Of Rhythm (Triple Concerto & Music For Trio) album art Béla Fleck / Zakir Hussain / Edgar Meyer / Detroit Symphony Orchestra Béla Fleck / Zakir Hussain / Edgar Meyer / Detroit Symphony Orchestra - The Melody Of Rhythm (Triple Concerto & Music For Trio) (Album) E1 Entertainment 099923202424 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
88697 84118 2 Edgar Meyer - The Goat Rodeo Sessions album art Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile - The Goat Rodeo Sessions (Album) Sony Classical 88697 84118 2 US 2011 Sell This Version
544735-2 Edgar Meyer - Bass & Mandolin album art Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer - Bass & Mandolin (Album) Nonesuch 544735-2 US 2014 Sell This Version
7599 793920 Edgar Meyer - Bach Trios album art Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer - Bach Trios (Album) Nonesuch 7599 793920 Europe 2017 Sell This Version