Edgar Meyer

This article is about the musical artist. For the Austrian painter, see Edgar Meyer (painter).
Edgar Meyer
Born (1960-11-24) November 24, 1960
Origin Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
Genres Classical
Progressive bluegrass
World music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Double bass
Labels Sony
Deutsche Grammophon
Sugar Hill
Associated acts Nickel Creek, Strength in Numbers, Béla Fleck
Website edgarmeyer.com

Edgar Meyer (born November 24, 1960) is an American bassist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. His styles include classical, bluegrass, newgrass, and jazz. 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, Hilary Hahn, Yo-Yo Ma, Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Sam Bush, James Taylor, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall, Mark O'Connor, Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Guy Clark, and the trio Nickel Creek.

Meyer participates yearly in a bluegrass super group in Telluride, Colorado, at their annual Bluegrass Festival known as the House Band. The band also consists of Meyer's contemporaries Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, and Stuart Duncan.


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.[1]

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 performed 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 U.S. 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.[2]

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,[3] as well as at the Curtis Institute.[4] He is also an artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School.[5]


Meyer with his double bass
Solo work
With Jerry Douglas and Russ Barenberg
With Béla Fleck and Mike Marshall
With Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O'Connor
With Joshua Bell
With David Grisman
With Béla Fleck
With Béla Fleck and Zakir Hussain
With Chris Thile
With Emanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, Rebeca Young, and Yo-Yo Ma
With Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan and Chris Thile
With Hilary Hahn


  1. "Edgar Meyer Biography". Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
  2. "Blair School of Music - Faculty and Staff". Vanderbilt.edu. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  3. http://www.curtis.edu/faculty/faculty-bios-by-name/edgar-meyer.html
  4. Oksenhorn, Stewart. "Edgar Meyer Aspen's musical superhero". www.aspentimes.com. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
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