Zuill Bailey, widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world, 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.


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Zuill Bailey Leads the El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival

Grammy Award Winning Cellist Zuill Bailey is the Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica, and heading up the El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival. For more about the Concerts and Special Events, go to www.eppm.org.



Zuill Bailey Performs the National Anthem for the El Paso Chihuahuas

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Beethoven Triple Concerto- Itzhak Perlman, Conductor

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Colorado Public Radio with Zuill Bailey

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Peabody Symphony Orchestra with Zuill Bailey

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Café Concert Series/Solo Bach

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Zuill & EPISD Video Conference

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Grammy Award Winner- "Tales of Hemingway" / Zuill Bailey



Brahms Sextets with the Cypress String Quartet / Zuill Bailey



Prokofiev / Zuill Bailey




Muhly: Cello Concerto; Bloch / Zuill Bailey


"The recording beautfilly reveals Zuill Bailey's virtuosity as a cellist and gives this gift of music exceptional clarity.
It is a recording that skillfully documents Bailey's amazing technical facility and flawless command of his instrument, the “rosette” 1693 Matteo Goffriller cello."  - Examiner.com


Zuill Bailey "Britten: Cello Symphony | Cello Sonata"

"Bailey plays with compelling assurance, generosity of feeling and beguiling rich tone." - Gramophone

"This is one of the finest performances of Britten's Cello Symphony I have ever heard." - International Record Review


Zuill Bailey "Elgar Cello Concerto"

" The cellist Zuill Bailey has the muscular ease of an Olympic Athlete and an irresistable confidence. He knows where he is going and you are happy to ride side-saddle." - Norman Lebrecht
"Bailey keeps it real and makes real music for people that want it real... Bailey delivers again in fine style."- Midwest Record.


Zuill Bailey "DVORAK Cello Concerto"

"Until now, the recording to recommend was the celebrated DG version featuring the partnership of Rostropovich and Karajan, ideally coupled with Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations. But this wonderfully spontaneous new version by Zuill Bailey and Jun Markl tends to sweep the board."- Gramophone Choice


Zuill Bailey "The Spanish Masters"


Zuill Bailey Signature Editions. "Dvorak" edited by Zuill Bailey


Zuill Bailey Signature Editions. "Saint Saens" edited by Zuill Bailey


Zuill Bailey Signature Editions- "BACH" edited by Zuill Bailey.


Zuill Bailey - Brahms

Bailey says, "Of all the records I've made, this is the one I'm most proud of. It was a great experience working in the studio with one of my oldest friends, and I feel like Awadagin and I really caught the comet's tail on this one - it was intense, that's for sure. We worked incredibly hard, and we recorded about 80 minutes of music, trying to encompass everything Brahms does, from the boldly passionate to the beautifully lyrical."



“A virtuoso technique, strong, richly expressive tone and a bold, individual manner of playing all result in memorable performances. On an emotional level he's deeply involved in the music; the Sarabandes not only sound beautiful but...develop an intensely expressive character.”- Gramophone Magazine, May 2010

"...From the first notes, this disc commands attention above most others currently available and might be headed for classic status thanks to the combination of vision, temperament, and technique that comes together to great effect....Bailey puts a sympathetic but highly personal imprint on nearly every bar. Each movement accumulates tension effectively. Even the lighter dance movements show Bailey amusing himself as surely as Bach did while writing them. His rich-toned instrument is caught beautifully by the Telarc engineers, and Bailey's technique is such that no movement is too intricate for his stylish details."- David Patrick Stearns - Philadelphia Inquirer

"The recording market is flush with accounts of Bach's six suites for solo cello. Few, though, rival Zuill Bailey's interpretations here in terms of vitality or vividness. Wielding an Italian instrument from 1693, Bailey gets to the beating heart of every plaintive Sarabande and jaunty Gigue with a rich, broad tone and diverse expressive palette. Bailey's mission is to underscore the music's brilliance, but he ends up proving his own as well." - Zachary Lewis - Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Joyous, meditative,lyrical, sorrowful, amiable, exuberant, swaggering, solemn and regal by turns, the Suites provide a little
something for everyone, and Bailey projects all of their many moods in what is probably the best-sounding recording
of the works currently available."- Classical Candor


Zuill Bailey DVD - Insights on playing the Cello
Cellospeak presents- Zuill Bailey: Insights on Playing the Cello

Zuill Bailey shares his personal perspectives and insights on how to learn, practice and play the cello to achieve a glorious tone and discover individual expession.


Zuill Bailey and Simone Dinnerstein Beethoven- Complete Works for Piano and Cello


Russian Masterpieces

* " When I file this CD it will be under Shostakovich...Bailey proves a master of the art by giving one of the finest readings I have yet heard of this wondrous score!"- Steven Ritter- Audiophile Audition

* Bailey's triple threat gifts of splendid virtuosity, elegant technique and theatrical flair - Sean Martinfield San Francisco Sentinel

* A celebration of Bailey's startling maturity and fiery technical brilliance- Sean Martinfield San Francisco Sentinel

*Bailey shows himself to be a real front line player that grabs your ear and holds it. A treat classical fans should not be denied.- Midwest Record Recap


Piano Trios

The Perlman/Schmidt/Bailey trio celebrates their tenth anniversary with this CD of Piano Trios featuring the works of Franz Schubert and Dmitri Shostakovich.


Saint Saens Cello Concertos

A recorded concert where Zuill Bailey perfoms both Saint Saens Cello Concertos back to back. Added bonuses are the Massenet Meditation from Thais and Saint Saens The Swan.


Arensky & Dohnanyi: Live from El Paso Pro Musica

This CD features select works from Dohnanyi and Arensky as performed by Bailey, Johnson, Schmidt, and Kim. Recorded live in El Paso on Jan. 7, 2006.


Janos Starker Celebration - Schubert & Boccherini

This CD features Franz Schubert's Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956


Zuill's Self-Titled Debut Recording: Zuill Bailey

Includes the following works:

Mendelssohn Variations concertantes
Bach Suite No. 1 in G Major
Beethoven Magic Flute Variations
Francoeur Sonata
Chopin Polonaise Brillante
Vieuxtemps Souvenier d' Amerique


Korngold Cello Concerto

The Korngold Concerto: Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Cello Concerto Zuill Bailey, cello Bruckner Orchestra Linz/Caspar Richter, ASV

A short concerto Korngold wrote for the 1946 movie, DECEPTION, critics call the recording "superbly stylish, a wonderfully compact and affecting work."




Bach and Friends DVD


Beethoven Triple Concerto

Itzhak Perlman, Conductor - Israel Philharmonic - DVD


Zuill Bailey Signature Editions. "Bloch" edited by Zuill Bailey




Zuill Bailey Signature Editions. "Elgar" edited by Zuill Bailey




Zuill Bailey Signature Editions. "Tchaikovsky" edited by Zuill Bailey

















Zuill Bailey grew up in Northern Virginia, where he was influenced and inspired by Rostropovich, who was then Director of the National Symphony. His parents are musicians. His mother is a pianist and his father has a Doctorate in both music and education. His sister is a violinist.

As an energetic four year old, while running furiously down a back hallway following a concert, Zuill Bailey had his first "run- in " with a cello. The instrument was broken following the encounter but not Bailey's spirit. He announced then that the cello would be his instrument of choice. The rest is history.

Mr. Bailey's performance instrument is made by the great Venetian cello maker, Matteo Gofriller in 1693. The instrument was used for 30 years by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. "Cello Bailey" accompanies Zuill Bailey on airlines throughout his world travels.

Zuill Bailey insures involvement in every community he visits by participating in outreach programs. He works diligently to make classical music accessible to all, primarily children everywhere. Visit the site for gambling cop17 online casino

Zuill Bailey is Artistic Director of El Paso Pro Musica, (Texas), the Sitka Summer Music Festival, (Alaska),  the Northwest Bach Festival ( Washington), the Mesa Arts Center Series (Arizona) and Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.





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Musical Outreach

Zuill Bailey's Musical Outreach is based on the principle that great music transforms lives making Classical Music accessible to all! Zuill reaches thousands through these exceptional music education presentations from University Level Master Classes to Schools, Hospitals, Senior Centers, Libraries, Museums, Rehabilitation Programs and Prisons. Music knows no borders or boundaries!


Zuill Bailey is the Artistic Director of four distinct and diverse Music Festivals and Series. His invitation to world renowned musical artists and colleagues turn to magic as the artists not only share their talents in concert but turn their love of chamber music into a special event in classrooms and other venues throughout the communities that he serves. Read More

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CD's, DVD's & Music Editions

Brahms Sextets


Muhly Cello Concerto Bloch/Zuill Bailey

Britten: Cello Symphony

Elgar Cello Concerto

Dvorak Cello Concerto

The Spanish Masters



Saint Saens



Bach Cello Suites


Russian Masterpieces

Piano Trios

Saint Saens Cello Concertos

Arensky & Dohnanyi Live

Janos Starker Celebration

Zuill Bailey Debut CD

Korngold Cello Concerto

Bach and Friends DVD

Beethoven Triple DVD