Zuill Bailey‘s rare combination of compelling artistry, technical finesse, and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought-after cellists today. Praised for his “virtuoso technique, strong, richly expressive tone and bold, individual manner of playing” (Gramophone Magazine), Bailey is a consummate concerto soloist.
He has performed with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, San Francisco, Minnesota, Dallas, Louisville, Milwaukee, Nashville, Toronto and Utah, and with prominent orchestras around the world. His appearances include the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall, where he made his debut performing the U.S. premiere of Miklos Theodorakis’ Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra.
Among Zuill Bailey’s many orchestral appearances in the 2013/14 season include the orchestras of Detroit, Columbus, Portland, Spokane, Greenville, Harrisburg, Kalamazoo, Reno, Roanoke and Winston-Salem to name few. He will perform the Bach solo cello suites at the Mesa Arts Center, appears at the Calgary Pro Musica with the Ying Quartet, and with the National Philharmonic at Strathmore he performs the Schumann concerto and in recital with pianist Navah Perlman.
The recent release of his Telarc International recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto with Krzysztof Urbanski and the Indianapolis Symphony was met with widespread critical acclaim, following his recording of the great Dvorak Cello Concerto with Indianapolis and Jun Märkl. The Complete Bach Cello Suites, also on Telarc, spent weeks at the No. 1 spot on the classical Billboard charts. For Telarc he has recorded Brahms Works for Cello and Piano with pianist Awadagin Pratt, Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano and Cello with pianist Simone Dinnerstein and Russian Masterpieces with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.
Internationally, Bailey has appeared with the Israel Philharmonic, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, and at the Deià International Music Festival in Spain.
Network television appearances include a recurring role on the HBO series “Oz,” in addition to features on the NBC series “Homicide,” A&E, a live broadcast of the Beethoven Triple Concerto from Mexico City, and the televised production of the Cuban premiere of Victor Herbert’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with the National Orchestra of Cuba. He is heard on “Saint Paul Sunday,” BBC’s “In Tune,” XM Radio’s “Live from Studio II,” Sirius Satellite Radio, the KDFC Concert Series, Minnesota Public Radio, RTHK Radio Hong Kong and NPR’s “Performance Today.”
Zuill Bailey performs on a 1693 Matteo Goffriller cello, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. In addition to his extensive touring engagements, Bailey is Artistic Director of the El Paso Pro Musica (Texas), the Sitka Summer Music Festival and Series (Alaska), the Northwest Bach Festival (Washington), and is Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.