Edgar Meyer began studying bass at age five with his father and continued with Stuart Sankey. He is the winner of numerous awards, including a 2002 MacArthur Award, and is the first bassist to receive the Avery Fisher Career Grant (1994) and the Avery Fisher Prize (2000).
Equally renowned as a performer and composer, Mr. Meyer premiered his Concerto for Double Bass, Quintet for Bass and String Quartet, and Double Concerto for Bass and Cello. He made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut, with Seiji Ozawa conducting, in his Double Concerto with Yo-Yo Ma. He collaborated with Mr. Ma and Mark O'Connor on Appalachia Waltz and Appalachian Journey (Sony Classical, for which he is an exclusive artist) and toured the United States, Europe, and Asia with the trio. Mr. Meyer's Violin Concerto, written for Hilary Hahn, was premiered and recorded in 1999.
He frequently performs and composes for music festivals, including Santa Fe, Aspen, Tanglewood, Caramoor, Chamber Music Northwest, and Marlboro. Mr. Meyer is an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music.
He joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2003.