SUN • NOV 24, 2019 • 4:00 PM
The Old Church Concert Hall
1422 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
Edgar Meyer: Solitary Bass
Join Grammy award winning bassist and composer Edgar Meyer, hailed by The New Yorker as “...the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument,” for a rare solo performance of Bach, his own original compositions, and more.
J.S. BACH (1685-1750) Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 (17’)
EDGAR MEYER (b. 1960) Work in Progress for Unaccompanied Double Bass
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”, Meyer’s unparalleled technique and musicianship in combination with his gift for composition have brought him to the fore, where he is appreciated by a vast, varied audience. As a solo classical bassist, he has been featured on a number of albums, including a Sony/BMG compilation of The Best of Edgar Meyer. As a composer, Meyer’s work has been at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Aspen Music Festival, and with the Nashville and Toronto symphony orchestras.
Collaborations are a central part of Meyer’s work. In the 2006-2007 season, Meyer premiered a piece for double bass and piano performed with Emanuel Ax. Meyer also performs with pianist Amy Dorfman, his longtime collaborator for solo recitals featuring both classical repertoire and his own compositions; Mike Marshall in duo concerts; and the trio with Béla Fleck and Zakir Hussain which has toured the US, Europe, and Asia together.
Edgar Meyer began studying bass at the age of five under the instruction of his father and continued further to study with Stuart Sankey. In 1994, Meyer received the Avery Fisher Career Grant and in 2000 became the only bassist to receive the Avery Fisher Prize. Currently he is visiting professor of double bass at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.