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.
Bailey joins the Indianapolis Symphony this season in performances of Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo concerto and the North American premiere of a new cello concerto by acclaimed young composer Nico Muhly. In addition to returns to Maverick Concerts, the Bard Music Festival and the Ravinia Festival, he performs at the Phoenix Chamber Music Society, Symphony Space in New York City, and with pianist Awadagin Pratt at Millersville University. Orchestral engagements include appearances with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Westmoreland, Maryland, Cheyenne, Annapolis, North Carolina, Victoria, and Santa Rosa symphony orchestras. This season also sees the release of his Telarc recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto with Krzysztof Urbanski and the Indianapolis Symphony.
Last season, Bailey performed Korngold’s Cello Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Thomas Wilkins, the Dvorak Concerto with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and the Elgar Concerto in Indianapolis under the baton of Music Director Krzysztof Urbanski. He appeared in recital throughout the U.S., including re-engagements at Maverick Concerts, the Ravinia Festival, and the Washington Performing Arts Society (D.C.). He returned to the National Philharmonic at Strathmore for the Haydn C Major following “an enormously intelligent and musically courageous” (The Washington Post) performance of the solo Bach Suites presented by the orchestra earlier in the day.
In 2012, Mr. Bailey received exceptional praise for his Telarc recording of the great Dvorak Cello Concerto with Jun Märkl and the Indianapolis Symphony. Other recent Telarc International releases include the 2011 Brahms Works for Cello and Piano with Bailey’s duo partner, pianist Awadagin Pratt, and the Complete Bach Cello Suites. A tremendous critical and popular success, the Bach Suites album spent weeks at the No. 1 spot on the classical Billboard charts.
Other recordings include the critically acclaimed Telarc releases, Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano and Cello with pianist Simone Dinnerstein and Russian Masterpieces featuring works by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich performed with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; a debut recital disc for Delos, Cello Quintets of Boccherini and Schubert, with Janos Starker and friends; Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concertos No. 1 and 2 "Live"; and the Korngold Cello Concerto with Kaspar Richter and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz for ASV.
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. He has collaborated with conductors Itzhak Perlman, Alan Gilbert, Andrew Litton, James DePriest, and Stanislav Skrowacezewski, and performed with musical luminaries Leon Fleisher, Jaime Laredo, the Juilliard String Quartet, Lynn Harrell and Janos Starker.
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 Gofriller Cello, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. In addition to his extensive touring engagements, Bailey is Artistic Director of both the El Paso Pro Musica and the Sitka Summer Music Festival and Series (Alaska), and is Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.