Edgar Meyer, Multi-Purpose Maestro

Bassist Edgar Meyer plays in his teaching studio.

Edgar Meyer plays the double bass in his Curtis Music Institute teaching studio. Jacki Lyden, NPR hide caption

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Edgar Meyer has been hailed as a virtuoso, an original, a genius. The 45-year-old musician and composer has been a bass player for as long as he can remember.

But on a new recording he plays more than just bass. Much more. He plays each and every instrument featured on the self-titled CD — from the banjo to the mandolin.

And despite a busy schedule, he also still makes time to teach aspiring musicians at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. A visit to one of Meyer's classes at the school — an ornate 19th-century mansion off Rittenhouse Square — shows the master at work as an educator.

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