Originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Meredith Johnson is the Principal Bassist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2004. Meredith began studying the double bass with Edgar Meyer at Vanderbilt University while pursuing a degree in English Literature. He received his Master's Degree in Music Performance from Boston University where he studied with Todd Seeber and Edwin Barker of the Boston Symphony. From 1999-2002, Meredith was a fellow of the New World Symphony before moving to Philadelphia to study privately with Hal Robinson, principal bassist of
the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Meredith has performed across the United States, Canada, and Europe with numerous orchestras and is a member of the prestigious All Stars Orchestra which records regularly and produces award winning television programs that have been broadcast in the United States and abroad. As a teacher, he has given masterclasses at several universities across Canada as well as the Eastern Music Festival and Penn State University. Locally, Meredith was Principal Bassist of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra from 2004-2013 and was involved with several tours and recordings with that ensemble. He regularly appears with many of Manitoba’s premier chamber ensembles including Agassiz Chamber Music, Virtuosi, GroundSwell and The Winnipeg Chamber Music Society. Solo appearances include performances with the Winnipeg Symphony and with the Orchestra of the University of Manitoba as well as being featured on CBC radio’s The Signal. Along with his duties with the WSO, Meredith teaches at Memorial University (NL), the University of Manitoba, and the Eastern Music Festival. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife, violinist Susan McCallum, and his two children.