Ranaan Meyer began his musical studies at the piano at age four and, when he was big enough to hold it, took up the double bass at 11. He attended the Manhattan School of Music and graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2003. Beyond regular appearances with orchestras such as the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra, Ranaan 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. Most recently Ranaan completed a commission, “My Zayda” (for Violin, Piano and Double Bass) for the Kingston Chamber Music Festival in Rhode Island. Other recently completed commissions include a solo double bass piece for the Network for New Music, a double bass and harp duet as well as a set of Time for Three pieces for Astral Artistic Services and a Time for Three composition for the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Symphony, “Of Time and Three Rivers.” All commissions have received support from the American Composers Forum, including from their Community Partnerships program.
Ranaan, also an accomplished jazz musician, has performed with Jane Monheight, Victor Lewis, Jason Moran, Mark O’Connor, Ari Hoenig, Duane Eubanks, Mickey Roker and many others. At age 19, Ranaan produced, directed and performed in the very first Washington Township Jazz Festival which was also broadcast live on Philadelphia’s WRTI. Ranaan, an avid teacher, has held adjunct Double Bass Professorships at Princeton University and the University of Delaware. He has taught alongside Hal Robinson (Principal Bass of The Philadelphia Orchestra) at the Strings International Music Festival in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He has also taught at the Intermountain Suzuki Camp in Sandy, Utah and Mark O’Connor’s String Camp in San Diego, California.
Ranaan Meyer is best known for his string trio Time for Three which has conducted residencies at the University of Michigan and University of Southern California, in addition to over 120 performances in 31 states. All three members of the trio – Nicolas Kendall, Zachary DePue, and Ranaan Myer - are committed educators. As an ensemble, they have done outreach programs for thousands of school children and young adults. Their music is found on the soundtrack of the History Channel’s Spanish-American War Documentary, which aired in June 2007 and on their two albums, We Just Burned This for You and Time for Three. Also in June 2007, Ranaan performed with Branford Marsalis, both as a member of Time for Three and in a duo with the legendary jazz saxophonist at Irvine Auditorium. In January 2008, they will premiere a concerto co-commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony and Wheeling Symphony by eminent composer Jennifer Higdon.
Ranaan Meyer is also the founder of a brand new program called Project Interactive (PI) whose purpose is to knit a community together through its varied artistic possibilities. He is launching a double bass camp in the summer of 2008 along with Eric Larson (Houston Symphony) and Hal Robinson.
Ranaan has been on Musicopia’s roster since 2003. Time for Three performs The Three Fiddlers assembly program and conducts master classes and workshops for string students.