Dover Quartet with Edgar Meyer, double bass

Live at Carnegie Music Hall, Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 4:00pm

Franz Joseph Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op. 103 (fragment)
Gioachino Rossini - Duet for Cello and Double Bass in D major
Antonín Dvořák - String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, “American”
Edgar Meyer - Quintet for Strings and Double Bass

“[The Dover Quartet] should be on must-hear lists...a triumph.”
The Washington Post

“[Edgar Meyer is]...the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument.”
The New Yorker

About The Artist: 

The Dover Quartet

The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The Philadelphia Inquirer lauded the Quartet’s “sound so distinctive as to be identified within mere minutes,” and The Washington Post raved that the Quartet “should be on must-hear lists…..a triumph.”

The 2015-16 season features more than 100 concerts around the world, including the Quartet’s debuts at Carnegie Hall, the Lucerne Festival, and Yale University, and on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series. Beginning in 2015-16, the Dover will become the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at Northwestern University, and will perform four concerts at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., two of them featuring a new work written for the Quartet by the Pulitzer Prizewinning composer Caroline Shaw. They will undertake three tours of Europe and their debut tour of Israel, and will perform for many of the most important sponsors in the United States.

During the 2014-15 season, the Dover Quartet performed a similarly rigorous schedule, with concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, Schneider Concerts in New York City, and the Wigmore Hall in London, and were reengaged a remarkable number of times for return appearances throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Great Britain. During the 2015-16 season and subsequent summer, the Quartet will participate in week-long residencies for Chamber Music Northwest, the Phoenix Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Artosphere. The Quartet’s collaborations include those with the pianists Anne-Marie McDermott, Marc-André Hamelin, and Jon Kimora Parker; the violists Roberto Díaz, Michael Tree, and Cynthia Phelps; the bassist Avi Avital; and the Pacifica Quartet.

The Dover Quartet won not only the Grand Prize but all three Special Prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, and also won top prizes at the Fischoff Competition and the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. The Dover has taken part in festivals such as Chamber Music Northwest, Music at Menlo, Artosphere, La Jolla SummerFest, and Bravo! Vail. During the 2013-14 season, the Quartet was named the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in- Residence at the Caramoor Festival. Additionally, members of the Quartet have appeared as soloists with some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic.

The Dover Quartet draws from the musical lineage of the Cleveland, Vermeer, and Guarneri Quartets, having studied at the Curtis Institute and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where they were in residence from 2011-2013. In 2013-14, the Quartet became the first ever Quartet-in-Residence for the venerated Curtis Institute of Music, and has been mentored extensively by Shmuel Ashkenasi, James Dunham, Norman Fischer, Kenneth Goldsmith, Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, and Peter Wiley. The member of the Quartet are dedicated to sharing their music with underserved communities and is an active member of Music for Food, an initiative to help musicians fight hunger in their home communities.


Edgar Meyer, 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", 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. 

As a composer, Mr. Meyer has carved out a remarkable and unique niche in the musical world.  His music has been premiered and recorded by Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Hilary Hahn, and the Emerson String Quartet, among others.

Collaborations are a central part of Mr. Meyer's work.  He has been and remains a member of numerous groups whose members include Chris Thile, Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Mark O'Connor, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Mike Marshall, and Amy Dorfman, among others.

His debut album in 1985 featured the first public appearance of Strength in Numbers, whose members were Bush, Douglas, Fleck, O'Connor, and Meyer.

Mr. 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 he received the Avery Fisher Career Grant and in 2000 became the only bassist to receive the Avery Fisher Prize. Currently, he teaches bass in partnership with Hal Robinson at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.