Meyer began his musical studies on the piano at age 4, 9 the cello, and at age 11, he took up the double bass. He attended the Manhattan School of Music for three years, after which he transfered to the Curtis Institute of Music, and graduated in 2003. In the past, Ranaan has appeared on a regular basis in the double bass section of orchestras such as the Minnesota Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Meyer has found himself increasingly in demand as a collaborative musician and soloist, as well as a composer creating unique new works for his trio Time for Three, the Ranaan Meyer Band, and many other instrumentations. Most recently Mr. Meyer has been arranging and composing material for the Ranaan Meyer Band. Meyer's latest arrangement is of Aram Khachaturian's Tocatta. This piece was originally composed for solo piano, but Meyer has arranged this for his full band. This arrangement is powerful! It evokes the sound of an entire orchestra playing with a rock band feel.
Mr. Meyer, also an
accomplished jazz musician, has performed with Branford Marsalis, Jane
Monheight, Victor Lewis, Jason Moran, Mark O'Connor, Ari Hoenig, Duane
Eubanks, Mickey Roker, Rodney Green and many more. Ranaan, at age 19
produced, directed and performed in the very first Washington Township
Jazz Festival which was also broadcasted live on Philadelphia's WRTI.
Mr. Meyer, an avid teacher, has held in the past adjunct Double Bass
Professorships at both Princeton University and the University of
Delaware. He has spent several Summers teaching alongside Hal Robinson
(Principal Bass of The Philadelphia Orchestra) at the Strings
International Music Festival in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and has also
lead the Double Bass program. He has also taught at the Intermountain
Suzuki Camp in Sandy, Utah and Mark O'Connor's String Camp in San Diego,
Through all of Mr. Meyer's teaching experience he found himself compelled to begin camps of his own. He launched Wabass in Wabash, Indiana: A Double Bass Camp of his own in June 2008. Wabass teachers include Hal Robinson (Principle Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra/bass teacher at the Curtis Institute of Music) and Eric Larson (Houston Symphony Double Bassist). The camp is free of tuition to the 9 elite double bass students that are accepted every year.
"I have performed music since I was 4 years old and have been surrounded by music since before I was born. I became a professional musician at age 15 and have been unbelievably fortunate my entire life through the joy of music. Music is a business that one learns through the school of hard knocks. However, I was educated at the Manhattan school of Music as well as the Curtis Institute of Music – two extraordinary music schools that furthered my love and understanding of music. Now, I tour all over the world as a professional musician." - Ranaan Meyer, CEO partner Meyer Music Productions