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Edgar Meyer

April 20  Tuesday at 7:30 pm


The New Yorker says he’s “the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument.” Known by many for his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar can make the bass as expressive as a cello in a Bach cello sonata, bounce like a bluegrass band, sing like a tenor, or walk like a seasoned jazzman.


Bach's beloved Cello Suite No. 1, plus Edgar Meyer's own Work in Progress.

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"Although I have not finished this piece, there is enough written to be able to present a working version. This current version has opening and closing movements that are complete for the moment. In between them there will be 1 or 2 movements yet to be written that may or may not include the second movement that I will use for this concert, and the other movements may end up modified somewhat in reaction to whatever happens with the middle movements or just to correct existing flaws. In the meantime, I am excited to present a Work in Progress. 

— Edgar Meyer

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In demand as both a performer and a composer, Edgar Meyer has formed a role in the music world unlike any other.  Hailed by The New Yorker as “…the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument”, Mr. Meyer’s 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 a solo classical bassist, Mr. Meyer can be heard on a concerto album with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hugh Wolff featuring Bottesini and Meyer concertos both alone and with Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell.  He has also recorded an album featuring three of Bach’s Unaccompanied Suites for Cello.  Mr. Meyer was honored with his fifth Grammy® Award in 2015 for Best Contemporary Instrumental album for his Bass & Mandolin collaboration with Chris Thile.

What are people saying?

Mr. Meyer is not only a legitimate heir to this tradition but also a great energizing factor to the field. His versatility should be celebrated."

The New York Times