Edgar Meyer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Edgar Meyer
Background information
Born (1960-11-24) November 24, 1960 (age 63)
OriginOak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
  • Musician
  • composer
Instrument(s)Double bass

Edgar Meyer (born November 24, 1960) is an American bassist and composer. His styles include classical, bluegrass, newgrass, and jazz. He has won seven Grammy Awards and been nominated ten times.[1]

Meyer is a member of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival's "house band" super group, along with Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, and Bryan Sutton. 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, Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall, Mark O'Connor, Christian McBride, and Emanuel Ax.

Early life[edit]

Meyer grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he attended Oak Ridge High School. He learned to play the double bass from his father, 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.[2]


As a composer, Meyer's music has been premiered and recorded by Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Hilary Hahn, and the Emerson String Quartet, among others. The Nashville Symphony and the Aspen Music Festival and School commissioned his first purely orchestral work which was premiered by the Nashville Symphony in March 2017.[3] Additionally, Bravo! Vail and The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields commissioned an Overture for Violin and Orchestra that was premiered by Joshua Bell and ASMF in June 2017.[4]

In 2011, Meyer collaborated on The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, and Chris Thile. The album won two 2013 Grammy Awards. Meyer was honored with his fifth Grammy Award[5] in 2015 for his Bass & Mandolin, recording with Thile. Meyer recorded a collection of Bach trios with Thile and Yo-Yo Ma, released in April 2017.[6] In June 2020, the same group of musicians who recorded The Goat Rodeo Sessions released a second album entitled Not Our First Goat Rodeo.

Meyer is Artist in Residence at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music[7] and is on faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music.[8] At Curtis, Meyer taught Punch Brothers bassist and composer Paul Kowert.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Edgar Meyer is married to violinist Connie (Cornelia) Heard, and they have one son, George Meyer, who also plays the violin.


Solo work

With Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O'Connor

With Béla Fleck

With Chris Thile

Miscellaneous collaborations


  1. ^ "Edgar Meyer". February 15, 2024.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 9, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2005.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Celebrating 50 Years of the Nashville Symphony and TN Arts". Tennessee Arts Commission. March 13, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  4. ^ "Edgar Meyer – Overture for Violin and Orchestra". www.boosey.com. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  5. ^ "Edgar Meyer". GRAMMY.com. February 15, 2019. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  6. ^ "Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer's "Bach Trios" Out Now on Nonesuch – Nonesuch Records". Nonesuch Records Official Website. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "Bio". Blair School of Music. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  8. ^ "Edgar Meyer". www.curtis.edu. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  9. ^ Allen, Dave. "Endless Curiosity" (PDF). Overtones. Fall 2019: 26–27. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2021. Retrieved October 19, 2021.

External links[edit]