Zuill Bailey, cello
Zuill Bailey, cello. Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco. download

New American Works: Zuill Bailey

Michael Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway for cello and orchestra
World Premiere: April 17, 2015 with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Commissioned by the Nashville Symphony, the Asheville Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the Erie Philharmonic, the Redwood Symphony, the South Florida Orchestra, and the Virginia Symphony
2016 GRAMMY for Best Classical Instrumental Solo

“Bailey — who gave the premiere of the concerto with the Nashville Symphony last year and recorded it for the Naxos label — was a charismatic soloist. He captured a breadth of color, texture, dynamics and feeling in the virtuoso solo writing.” 

Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press, October 22, 2016

Cello Concerto by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
To be premiered in December 2019 with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra.
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From Ellen Taaffe Zwilich:

“I’m happily engaged in writing a Cello Concerto, something that’s been on my “wish list” for a long time. I’ve written a piece for cello and piano and many chamber works that include cello. I have a Double Concerto for Violin and Cello and my Symphony #2, subtitled “Cello Symphony”, features the entire orchestral cello section (including a cadenza!).

One of the things I love about the cello is that it has virtually the entire range of the human voice (I particularly like its mezzo soprano). But I sometimes refer to string instruments as “singers on steroids” because of the power they give to the composer to explore virtuosity as well as expressivity.

I can hardly wait to hear Zuill Bailey (whose sound is in my ear as I’m writing) bring this new piece to life!”