Robert Meyer began playing the viola in the public school strings program in New Rochelle, New York. While in high school, he studied at the Manhattan School of Music. He holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Michigan and a master of music degree from Rice University in Houston. His primary teachers were Yizhak Schotten, Wayne Brooks, and Karen Ritscher. He has studied chamber music with Andrew Jennings, Norman Fischer, Paul Katz, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet and has participated in master classes by Karen Tuttle, Paul Silverthorne, and Isaac Stern.
An experienced and versatile chamber musician, Meyer was a founding member of the New Fromm Players, a contemporary music ensemble in residence at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. From 2001 to 2003, he performed as the assistant principal violist of the Richmond Symphony, where he was active in the symphony's outreach programs.
Meyer has performed in chamber music performances and recitals across the United States and in Canada. As violist of the Arianna Quartet, he collaborated with members of the Tokyo, Juilliard, and Vermeer Quartets and was featured on the cover of Chamber Music Magazine.
Prior to teaching at UConn, Meyer was an artist-in-residence and associate professor of viola at the University of Illinois at St. Louis.