Edgar Meyer, the exceptionally talented bass player, composer and recording artist, will headline a special concert in the Salida Aspen Concert series at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, August 1 at Salida High School auditorium, 26 Jones Avenue.
Sponsored by Collegiate Peaks Bank, the concert is an addition to the normal six-concert series now in its 37th season in partnership with Aspen Music Festival and School. Tickets for the special Meyer concert cost $20 and can be purchased online while they last at SalidaAspenConcerts.org.
Meyer is bringing with him violinist Katie Hyun and cellist Mihai Marica. Together they will play music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály, plus some of Meyer’s own compositions.
Hailed as “the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument,” Mr. Meyer has captivated a wide and varied audience of classical, bluegrass and jazz fans alike.
Meyer began studying bass at the age of five. His Double Bass Concerto No. 1 premiered in 1993 with the Minnesota Orchestra and in 1995 he collaborated with the Emerson String Quartet in a performance of his Quintet for Bass and String Quartet later recorded by Deutsche Grammophon.
In 1996 Meyer formed a trio with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O’Connor and released Appalachia Waltz, which soared in popularity as the trio toured the U.S. and appeared on the David Letterman Show and televised 1997 Inaugural Gala.
In 2006 Meyer recorded his own pieces played by himself on piano, guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo, gamba and double bass. The following year Sony/BMG compiled his wide-ranging achievements in the release “The Best of Edgar Meyer.”
Last year Meyer was composer in residence with the Alabama Symphony. He currently is Visiting Professor of Double Bass at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Violinist Katie Hyun has soloed with several US orchestras and is a member of the award-winning Amphion String Quartet. She also is associated with LE TRAIN BLEU, a new ensemble of young New York musicians who perform new and interesting music.
Cellist Mihai Marica began musical training at age seven and moved to the US from his native Romania to study at the Yale School of Music when he was 18 years old. He has performed as soloist with a number of orchestras in the US, Europe and Asia.