Cellist Zuill Bailey is an engaging, multi-faceted American artist; a powerful performer who dazzles audiences with his technical and artistic command of the cello. His performances encompass concerts with orchestra, recitals and chamber music in the U.S. and abroad.
The 2003-04 season began with Mr. Bailey performing with the San Francisco Symphony in the opening night of their summer series. Other concerto appearances include performances with the Utah Symphony, Symphony of the West Valley, Reno Chamber, Arlington, Annapolis, Napa Valley, as well as re-engagements with the Illinois Symphony and National Orchestra de Cuba. Bailey also presents recitals and chamber music at the Ravinia Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts (MI), Australian Festival of Chamber Music, WITF Festival (PA), Musica Saint Nazaire-Festival Consonanses (FRANCE), as well as venues in Idaho, Louisiana, Nebraska, California, New Mexico, Virginia, Texas, Ohio, and New York City. In addition Mr. Bailey is featured on SIRIUS Satellite Radio and BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme in live broadcasts.
The 2002/03 season began with Mr. Bailey performing with the Chicago Symphony and Itzhak Perlman conducting in the opening weekend of the Ravinia Festival. Other concerto appearances included performances with the National Orchestra de Cuba, Phoenix, South Carolina, El Paso, Illinois, Lexington, Knoxville, and San Luis Obispo Symphonies. Bailey also continued his partnership with pianist Awadagin Pratt in a series of Duo recitals in addition to his recitals in Texas, Nevada, Washington DC, Arizona, Idaho, Arkansas, and a tour of the Caribbean. An avid chamber musician, Bailey also presented concerts as a member of the Perlman/Schmidt/Bailey Trio in North Carolina and California. Other activities included a feature recital on XM Radio's "Live from Studio II", a showcase on A&E's "Breakfast with the Arts", and the revisiting of his role as a murderous cellist on the hit HBO Television series "OZ".
Other recent highlights include concerto appearances with the Dallas, NY Chamber, Santa Barbara, North Carolina and New Hampshire Symphonies as well as his Carnegie Hall solo debut giving the U.S. premiere of the Theodorakis “Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra”. In addition he has been featured in recital at the Manchester International Cello Festival in England as well as a performance for national broadcast on NHK-TV in Japan. Mr. Bailey is also a well-known guest at major venues such as the Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall, Kravis Center in Palm Beach, the Lied Centers, Wolf Trap, as well as the Chautauqua, Appalachian, BRAVO! Vail Valley, Music Academy of the West and Daytona Beach Festivals.
Zuill Bailey's debut recital CD has been recently released on the Delos label, to be followed by an ASV recording of the Korngold Cello Concerto and a disc of Brahms, Debussy and Lasser sonatas from STIL Editions.
A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School, Mr. Bailey's principal teachers include Loran Stephenson, Stephen Kates and Joel Krosnick. He performs on a 1693 Matteo Goffriller, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest Quartet. He currently resides in Texas with his artist wife Margarita Cabrera and son Mateo where he is leading the El Paso Pro Musica Chamber Festival and Series as Artistic Director.