Zuill Bailey – Press

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Recital at Wimbledon International Music Festival

Zuill Bailey / Piers Lane review: Honeyed tones with a touch of saccharine but clear virtuosity

by Barry Millington Evening Standard

November 23, 2018

“The Grammy-winning cellist Zuill Bailey, who is hugely popular in the US, deployed his sumptuous tone and jaw-dropping technique most effectively in Chopin’s Polonaise Brillante, though the heart-stopping eloquence of which he is capable was most evident in his encore, Bloch’s Prayer, and an unprogrammed opener, Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits.”

Elgar's Cello Concerto

Zuill Bailey Performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto

The Shiny Sheet

April 18, 2018

“Beginning the concert with the concerto for solo instrument, Bailey’s charisma dominated this feature… …his charm and subtle expressions helped draw the attention of the audience to the minutiae of this work. With his supreme control of expression and nuance, he was with the music every step of the way, encouraging and exciting the raw emotion of this work without being too excessive.”

Michael Daugherty's Tales of Hemingway with the Eugene Symphony

Zuill Bailey performs Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway with the Eugene Symphony

The Register-Guard

March 17, 2018

“Bailey employed his technical virtuosity with particular effectiveness in the second and fourth movements, where his rapid passage work and panache made for a riveting performance.”

Six Suites for Cello by Bach at BachFest

Concert review: As has been tradition, BachFest ends on a high note

by Larry Lapidus The Spokesman-Review

March 12, 2018

“Zuill Bailey burst upon the consciousness of most of us here by performing the six Suites for Cello by Bach during the festival six years ago, seated in the same spot he occupied on Sunday afternoon. Though it seemed then that his playing could not possibly be improved, it has since grown even more flexible, spontaneous and spellbinding. That such a gifted musician also has the skill, and time, to program a complex music festival with such insight and imagination is truly a cause for celebration, especially in Spokane.”

Strauss's Don Quixote at BachFest

Concert review: Master musicians shine with ‘Don Quixote’

by Larry Lapidus The Spokesman-Review

March 6, 2018

“The role of Quixote himself is given to the cello, and it runs the gamut of emotion from comical bluster to lofty passion and, ultimately, quiet resignation. Zuill Bailey left all technical challenges in the dust, focusing, rather, on conveying all the tragicomic pathos of Miguel Cervantes’ timeless character. To witness Bailey, one of today’s masters of the instrument, perform this part at a distance of 6 feet, while one sips from a glass of delicious wine, is a pleasure to which life offers few equals.”

Schumann's Concerto for Cello Op. 129 with the Ying Quartet at BachFest

Concert review: In ‘re-imagined’ festival, musical magic can be found everywhere.

by Larry Lapidus The Spokesman-Review

March 3, 2018

“In particular, the Romantic lyricism of the second movement could fall, as it should, like an intimate whisper in the ear of the audience, thanks to the hushed intensity of Bailey’s playing. The range of color and expression he commands in the quietest passages is a continual source of wonder. If you have not heard Bailey in live performance, you have not experienced all that the cello is capable of.”

Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata with the Ying Quartet at BachFest

Concert review: Ying Quartet brings emotion, energy to BachFest’s opening concert

by Larry Lapidus The Spokesman-Review

February 28, 2018

“Bailey is not known primarily as a chamber musician, but as a celebrated and charismatic soloist, and there were several times during the performance when one’s attention was drawn from the work’s more significant melodic content to the brilliance and magnetism emerging from the second cello.”