Wolfgang Meyer, born in Crailsheim, studied with Otto Hermann in Stuttgart and Hans Deinzer in Hanover. Already in 1969, and again in 1971 and 1973, he received the first prize in the German national competition “Jugend musiziert”. In 1974 he was awarded the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis; in 1975 he received a prize, together with the Syrinx Quintett, in the Internationaler Musikwettbewerb of the ARD in Munich. This was followed by first prizes in the Wettbewerb der deutschen Musikhochschulen in 1976 and the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in Bonn. Since 1989 Wolfgang Meyer has been teaching at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, where he has been rector since 2001.
Wolfgang Meyer performs as a soloist and chamber musician worldwide. As a soloist he champions contemporary works in particular; his chamber music activity is highly diverse; numerous recordings on LP and CD document his repertoire.
Since 1996 Wolfgang Meyer has been working with Nikolaus Harnoncourt; he also performs music with his sister Sabine Meyer, especially in the Trio di Clarone and in the Carmina Quartett as well as with the Quatuor Mosaïques. Since 2004 he has participated in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado.