FACULTY

Eric Larson

Double bassist Eric Larson has been a member of the Houston Symphony since 1999. Larson pursued undergraduate studies at Boston University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. Larson received his training from Edwin Barker and Hal Robinson.

Larson has participated in several music festivals including the National Orchestral Institute, Tanglewood, Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Orchestra, and was Principal Double Bass of the Haddonfield Symphony (now Symphony in C). As an active chamber musician, Larson has worked with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra and has collaborated with the T’ang String Quartet.

An avid teacher, Larson spent three years teaching at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia and 10 years teaching double bass and coaching chamber music at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Larson currently spends his summers teaching at the Texas Music Festival and the Wabass Institute for Double Bass.

Ranaan Meyer

Emmy award winning and gold record artist Ranaan Meyer is artistic director and instructor of Wabass Institute. Most known as a founding member and performer with Time for Three as well as a double bass educator. Along side Time for Three, Ranaan has performed with many esteemed organizations including Musik Verein, Czech Philharmonic, Shleshwig Holstein Festival, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Night of the Proms Tour, NPR Tiny Desk Concerts, National Anthems at NFL, Nascar, NBA, MLB, and PGA events, International Suzuki Festival, Sofar Sounds Alumnus, and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and National Symphony. 

Ranaan spent most of his time developing musically in Philadelphia where he mainly was found playing in all of the local jazz clubs with some of the heavy weights in jazz today. He also is an alumnus of The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Temple Prep, Manhattan School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music. Ranaan co-founded Time for Three while at Curtis but prior to Time for Three's demanding touring schedule he spent 10-15 weeks per year performing and touring in the double bass section of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Although his core training was in Classical and Jazz, Ranaan's curiosity has taken him to multiple genres of music. From a very early age his parents who were professional educators encouraged him to think creatively about everything and anything, and now as a professional musician Ranaan focusses on a philosophy called The Sharing of Knowledge which has lead him to being the founder as well as artistically directing and teaching at the Wabass Institute in Wabash, Indiana and the Utah Symposium for Double Bass in Salt Lake City, Utah (both of which are full scholarship programs for the Double Bass and are funded purely by the generosity of socially conscience philanthropists). He also is Guest Artist in Residence for the Double bass Faculty for The University of Michigan School of Music Theatre and Dance in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ranaan has also found himself in demand around the world presenting workshops in improvisation, teamwork, and overall outside-the-box learning. He has also recorded on a Michael Jackson gold record and made multiple recordings with NFL films. Ranaan has been commissioned over the years to compose over 50 works and tunes and also writes for the pure joy of music. Currently he is making music with his wife Emily in a duo they call The Rockwins. They both sing and play. And they live right where he started in Southern New Jersey raising two young sons together whom make every day more unique than the next.

Harold Robinson

Internationally acclaimed artist, Harold Hall Robinson is currently the principal contrabassist with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Prior to this, Mr. Robinson spent ten seasons as principal bassist of the National Symphony Orchestra, eight seasons as associate principal of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and three seasons as principal of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. A prize winner at the 1982 Isle of Man Solo competition, Mr. Robinson has performed concertos with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, American Chamber Orchestra and the Greenville South Carolina Orchestra. In addition, Mr. Robinson is known for his outstanding recitals and master classes throughout the United States. Mr. Robinson is currently on the faculty of Curtis Institute and The Julliard School of Music.