The American American cellist chamber musician, and artistic director, Zuill Bailey, received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory, and his Master of Music degre from from the Juilliard School. He also studied at Johns Hopkins University. His primary teachers include Loran Stephenson, Stephen Kates and Joel Krosnick.
Zuill Bailey is a distinguished soloist, recitalist, Artistic Director and teacher. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today. A consummate concerto soloist, he has performed with the symphony orchestras worldwide, including Buffalo Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Honolulu Synohony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisville Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Utah Symphony Orchestra, ad well symphony orchestras in Israel, Cape Town, and the Bruchner Orchestra in Linz, Austria.. He has collaborated with conductors Andrey Boreyko, Alan Gilbert, Carlos Kalmar, Jacques Lacombe, Andrew Litton, Grant Llewellyn, Jun Märkl, Itzhak Perlman, James De Priest, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and Krzysztof Urbanski.
Zuill Bailey also has been featured with musical luminaries as the pianist Leon Fleisher, the violinist Jaime Laredo, the Juilliard String Quartet, and cellists Lynn Harrell, Janos Starker and David Martín. He is a member of the Perlman/Quint/Bailey Trio, along with pianist Navah Perlman and violinist Philippe Quint. He performs regularly with long-time duo partner pianist Awadagin Pratt.
In his sold-out New York recital debut, Zuill Bailey performed the complete L.v. Beethoven's sonatas with pianist Simone Dinnerstein at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has appeared at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Kennedy Center, the United Nations, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, and Carnegie Hall, where he made his debut performing the USA premiere of Mikis Theodorakis' Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra. He also presented the USA premiere of the Nico Muhly'S Cello Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. World premieres include works by composers such as Lowell Lieberman, Philip Lasser, Roberto Sierra, Benjamin Wallfisch and Michael Daugherty.
Zuill Bailey's His international appearances include notable performances with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in its 50th anniversary tour of Russia as well as concerts in Australia, the Dominican Republic, France, Israel, Spain, South Africa, Hong Kong, Jordan, Mexico, South America and the UK. Festival appearances include Ravinia, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Manchester Cello Festival (UK), Wimbledon(UK), Consonances- St. Nazaire ( France), Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Deia Music Festival- Mallorca (Spain), Montreal (Canada), Santa Fe, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Bravo!, Vail Valley, Maverick Concert Series, Brevard, Cape Cod and the Music Academy of the West. In addition, he was the featured soloist performing the Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto at the Bard Festival in the World Premiere of the Doug Varrone Dance Company performance of Victorious.
Zuill Bailey is an internationally renowned recording artist. His celebrated “Bach Cello Suites” and recently released Benjamin Britten Cello Symphony/Sonata CD’s immediately soared to the Number One spot on the Classical Billboard Charts. Other critically acclaimed recordings include his live performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra of the Bloch's Schelomo, Muhly's Cello Concerto (World Premiere), E. Elgar and Dvorak Cello Concertos, described by Gramophone magazine as the new “reference” recording and one that “sweeps the board.” In addition, the Dvorak Cello Concerto CD is listed in the Penguin’s Guide, as one the Top 1000 Classical Recordings of all time. Zuill Bailey’s other releases include “Brahms” complete works for cello and piano with pianist Awadagin Pratt, and “Russian Masterpieces” showcasing the works of Tchaikovsky and Dmitri Shostakovich performed with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He is featured on the chart topping Quincy Jones- produced “Diversity,” with pianist/composer Emily Bear. Other releases include his innovative “Spanish Masters” CD for Zenph Studios, where he forms a unique duo blending with recordings of composer Manuel de Falla and an all American recital program with Pianist Lara Downes on the Steinway and Sons label. His discography also includes a debut recital disc for Delos, Cello Quintets of Boccherini and Schubert with Janos Starker, Camille Saint-Saëns' Cello Concertos No. 1 and 2 “Live,” and Korngold's Cello Concerto with Kaspar Richter and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz for ASV.
Zuill Bailey was named the 2014 Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumni and was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation Award for 2006 and 2007 for L.v. Beethoven's complete works for Cello and Piano. The highly touted two disc set with pianist Simone Dinnerstein was released on Telarc worldwide. In celebration of his recordings and appearances, Kalmus Music Masters has released “Zuill Bailey Performance Editions,” which encompasses the core repertoire of cello literature.
Network television appearances include a recurring role on the HBO series Oz, NBC’s Homicide, A&E, NHK TV in Japan, a live broadcast and DVD release of the L.v. Beethoven's Triple Concerto performed in Tel Aviv with Itzhak Perlman conducting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and a performance with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico City. Zuill Bailey is also featured in the televised production of the Cuban premiere of Victor Herbert’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with the National Orchestra of Cuba. He has been heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, Tiny Desk Concert, Performance Today, Saint Paul Sunday, BBC’s In Tune, XM Radio’s Live from Studio II, Sirius Satellite Radio’s Virtuoso Voices, the KDFC Concert Series, KUSC, Minnesota Public Radio, WQXR's Cafe Concert, WFMT and RTHK Radio Hong Kong..
Zuill Bailey performs on the "rosette" 1693 Matteo Gofriller Cello, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. In addition to his exttouring engagements, he is the Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica (Texas), the Sitka Summer Music Festival/Series and Cello Seminar, (Alaska), the Northwest Bach Festival (Washington, since 2013), guest Artistic Director of the Mesa Arts Center (Arizona) and Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.