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Ranaan Meyer, artistic director and clinician
Ranaan Meyer attended the Manhattan School of Music and graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music. Beyond regular appearances with orchestras such as the Minnesota Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Meyer is also increasingly in demand as a composer, creating unique new works for his trio Time for Three as well as for solo bass and other ensembles. Also an accomplished jazz musician, has performed with Jane Monheit, Victor Lewis, Jason Moran, Mark O’Connor, Ari Hoenig, Duane Eubanks, Mickey Roker, and many more.
Mr. Meyer is an avid teacher. He has taught at Princeton University and the University of Delaware; spent several summers teaching alongside Hal Robinson, principal double bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra, at the Strings International Music Festival; and has also taught at the Intermountain Suzuki Camp in Sandy, Utah and Mark O’Connor’s String Camp in San Diego, California.
Mr. Meyer is best known for his string trio Time for Three, now artists in residence with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He tours throughout the year with the group, which has premiered works by eminent composers including Jennifer Higdon and Chris Brubeck. Time for Three has commissioned a new concerto by William Bolcom to be performed in 2013.
Profiled in Ebony magazine as one of 30 Leaders 30 and Younger, Joseph H. Conyers joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in September 2010 as assistant principal bass. He was previously with the Atlanta Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and Symphony in C.
Described by the Grand Rapids Press as “a lyrical musician who plays with authenticity that transcends mere technique,” Mr. Conyers performed as soloist with the Grand Rapids Symphony in a concerto commissioned by the GRS and written for him entitled Prayers of Rain and Wind by John B Hedges. Mr. Conyers has also soloed with the Alabama Symphony, the Flagstaff Symphony, the Savannah Symphony, and the Sphinx Symphony.
Mr. Conyers has performed throughout the United States and Europe at numerous music festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland, the Brevard Music Center, and the Britten-Pears Music Festival in England.
Mr. Conyers received his bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Harold Robinson, principal double bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and double bass soloist Edgar Meyer. In 1999 Mr. Conyers was one of the first guests of NPR’s From the Top with host Christopher O’Riley on one of its pilot shows. He was the inaugural recipient of the Sanford Allen Award (a $10,000 prize) from the Sphinx Competition, and in February of 2010, he was the first Sphinx Competition laureate to serve on the distinguished jury panel for the Competition.
Mr. Conyers is committed to education and community engagement through music. He founded the Savannah, Ga.-based Project 440, which has reached thousands of youths, exposing children and adults to classical music. Acknowledging how the classical music industry must continually evolve with our ever changing world, Project 440 educates musicians from around the country how to become active, relevant, and integral pillars within their communities.
Mr. Conyers performs on the “Zimmerman/Gladstone” 1802 Vincenzo Panormo double bass, which he has affectionately named “Norma.”
Jeffrey Turner is principal bass of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and director of orchestral studies at Duquesne University, where he conducts the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Turner completed his bachelor’s degree with James VanDemark at the Eastman School of Music and his master’s in conducting with Robert Page at Carnegie Mellon University.Before joining the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1987, Mr. Turner was principal bass of the New American Chamber Orchestra and also played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He has been a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Maryland; and as a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon University for over 20 years. Mr. Turner has also served as chair of strings at Duquesne and artistic director of City Music Center’s Young Bassist Program.
Mr. Turner has served as artistic director of the City Music Center Chamber Orchestra; music director of the Pittsburgh Live Chamber Orchestra; and a resident artist at the Pacific Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, the National Youth Orchestra (USA), the Korsholm Festival (Finland), Indiana University’s Summer Music Festival, and the Asian Youth Orchestra (Hong Kong). He is a featured recitalist, clinician, and competition judge for the International Society of Bassists.
John Patitucci was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he began playing the electric bass at age 10 and composing and performing at age 12, adding the acoustic bass at 15 and the piano one year later. He then studied classical bass at San Francisco State University and Long Beach State University.Mr. Patitucci has released twelve albums as a leader and has played on albums by B.B. King, Chick Corea, Clare Fischer, Joanne Brackeen, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Was Not Was, Roby Duke, Dave Grusin, Natalie Cole, Bon Jovi,Queen Latifah, Sting, The Manhattan Transfer, Carly Simon, Everything But The Girl, and Twila Paris.
Mr. Patitucci has played with his own band and with Chick Corea, Clare Fischer, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, and Tony Williams. Some of the many pop and Brazilian artists he has played with include Sting, Natalie Cole, Carole King, Astrud and João Gilberto, Airto Moreira, and Flora Purim. He is active in Wayne Shorter’s popular Grammy Award-winning quartet.
Mr. Patitucci is currently professor of Jazz Studies at City College of New York.