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Edgar Meyer Carnegie Hall Workshop To Include Mandolin Track with Mike Marshall

By Mandolin Cafe
October 16, 2005 - 9:30 am

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The Edgar Meyer Workshop

The Edgar Meyer Workshop

Carnegie Hall will present The Edgar Meyer Workshop, with Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Mike Marshall and Fred Sherry entitled "The Porous Borders of Music - For Bowed and Fretted Strings," a professional training workshop of The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, May 14-21, 2006.

Double bassist Edgar Meyer—whose work spans Western classical and American roots music—will host a workshop designed to create a bridge between the two traditions. Throughout the weeklong workshop, 15 young musicians will immerse themselves in both improvised and composed music, including traditional works and compositions by Meyer himself. Meyer will be joined by a distinguished group of coaches including Jerry Douglas, dobro; Béla Fleck, banjo; Mike Marshall, mandolin, guitar, and violin; and Fred Sherry, cello. The final performance will take place in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall.

A unique instrumentalist, Edgar Meyer delights his audiences both as a vibrant performer and an innovative composer. As a solo classical bassist, Meyer has recorded various works, including his own Double Concerto for Bass and Cello (with Yo-Yo Ma) and his Bass Concerto, as well as Bach's Unaccompanied Suites for Cello. Meyer's collaborations with artists such as Bela Fleck, Joshua Bell, Mark O'Connor, and Yo-Yo Ma, among others, have resulted in many recordings, which are often strongly influenced by bluegrass.

Meyer began to study bass at the age of five with his father and continued his studies with Stuart Sankey. He is the winner of numerous competitions; in 2000 he became the only bassist to receive the Avery Fisher Prize, and in 2002 he won a MacArthur "Genius" Award.

In 1994, Meyer joined The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with which he continues to perform regularly. He is currently Visiting Professor of Double Bass at the Royal Academy of Music and at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Programs of The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall are generously supported by the City of New York: Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor; Kate D. Levin, Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs; and Gifford Miller, Speaker, New York City Council; and by the New York State Council on the Arts: Richard Schwartz, Chairman.


Applications will be accepted for violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and dobro. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30. Exceptionally accomplished applicants under the age of 18 will be considered, but only with prior approval by The Weill Music Institute staff.

Application Deadline

All materials must be received by Carnegie Hall no later than Tuesday, January 17, 2006. Applicants will be informed of their workshop status on or about February 15.

Other Information

All workshop participants must be available May 14-21, 2006, including evenings, and are expected to attend ALL sessions of the workshop.

Please direct all inquiries to:
Tel: 212-903-9741
Fax: 212-424-2025

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