Three former Curtis students have been winning over audiences with their chemistry, virtuosity, and ability to think outside the classical music box for over a decade. Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall play violin; Ranaan Meyer plays double bass. Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon composed Concerto 4-3 with "Time for Three" (tf3) in mind. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston spoke with Meyer recently while the trio was in Utah to perform at a benefit for the Utah Symphony.
Along with his role in this self-described "classically trained garage band," Meyer has written more than 40 compositions and embodies the group’s innovative approach in related spheres. Back in Philadelphia, he’s building on his local roots by spearheading music education for Philadelphia children through a program called "The World That We All Deserve Through Music." He blogs and has initiated online learning journals for his instrument, with journals for other instruments to follow.
Time for Three recently signed a recording contract with Universal Music Classics, and a new album is expected in 2014. Take a look at their unique anti-bullying video:
On November 18th at 6 pm, the peripatetic Ranaan Meyer will be in back in town to serve as the keynote speaker at a program entitled "The New Classical Music Business - A Look At The Business Side of Classical Music for Emerging Talent,” sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of The Recording Academy at the Kimmel Center's Innovation Studio. Details here.