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In this Articulate exclusive, bassist and composer Edgar Meyer performs “Barnyard Disturbance” off his 1997 album, Uncommon Ritual, at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

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Edgar Meyer
Edgar Meyer

Edgar Meyer is an admired bassist and composer. He is the winner of numerous awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, an Avery Fisher Prize, and five Grammy Awards.

Meyer is known for his diverse musical styles; he is a virtuoso performer of classical, bluegrass, and jazz. He grew up in Oak Ridge, TN, and learned to play the double bass with his father, a keen music fan. Meyer began releasing albums in the late 1980s, and received his first of seven Grammy nominations in 1999 for Short Trip Home, an album of original music blending classical and bluegrass. He won Grammys for collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Béla Fleck, and Chris Thile.

Unusually, Meyer is equally well regarded as a player and composer. He has recorded with such diverse artists as Joshua Bell, V. M. Bhatt, and James Taylor, and composed for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Emerson String Quartet, and the Nashville Symphony, among others.

He teaches at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.