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Zuill Bailey, Violoncello, and Awadagin Pratt, PianoZuill Bailey, Violoncello, and Awadagin Pratt, Piano
Friday, September 11, 2009

8:15 p.m., Ford Hall

Program

Arvo Pärt: "Spiegel im Spiegel" (1978)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Opus 40
Felix Mendelssohn: Variations Concertante, Opus 17
Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Major, Opus 99

About Zuill Bailey

A multifaceted musician of consummate virtuosity, 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.

In summer 2009, Bailey joins the Nashville Symphony for Dvorak's Cello Concerto with Danail Rachev and performs at Alaska's Sikta Music Festival, where he was recently appointed music director-designate. He plays a recital of the Bach Cello Suites at Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, appears at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and returns to Maverick Concerts. He is joined at Ravinia by frequent recital partner, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, for an all-Beethoven program, celebrating the August 25 release of their two-disc recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas on Telarc International. 

In the 2009-10 season, Bailey will play recitals at Ithaca College and at Caramoor with pianist Awadagin Pratt, and at the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Artist Series at Florida State University with pianist Orion Weiss. Other recitals include dates in California, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Utah. He performs the Brahms Double, Dvorak, Elgar, and Shostakovich concerti and Strauss's Don Quixote with the symphonies of Asheville, Napa Valley, Waterloo/Cedar Falls, and Wheeling, and the National Philharmonic at Strathmore, among others. International dates include performances of the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Israel Philharmonic and the Perlman-Schmidt-Bailey trio (pianist Navah Perlman and violinist Giora Schmidt). 

An avid chamber musician, Zuill Bailey regularly performs with the Perlman-Schmidt-Bailey trio, and with pianists Awadagin Pratt and Simone Dinnerstein. Bailey has appeared in concert with such renowned musicians as Lynn Harrell, the Juilliard String Quartet, Itzhak Perlman, and Janos Starker. Recent festival appearances include returns to the Santa Fe and Montreal Chamber Music festivals, the Bard Music Festival, Maverick Concerts, and performances at the Ravinia, Vail Valley, Chautauqua and Wintergreen festivals.

Zuill Bailey's Website

About Awadagin Pratt

Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances that receive tremendous audience response and press attention throughout the United States.

Born in Pittsburgh, Awadagin Pratt began studying piano at the age of six. Three years later, having moved to Normal, Illinois, with his family, he also began studying violin. At age 16 he entered the University of Illinois, where he studied piano, violin, and conducting. He subsequently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he became the first student in that school's history to receive diplomas in three performance areas: piano, violin, and conducting.

In 1992 Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition and two years later was awarded a 1994 Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has played numerous recitals throughout the U.S., including performances in New York at Lincoln Center; in Washington, D.C., at the Kennedy Center; in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; and in Chicago's Orchestra Hall. His many orchestral performances include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Minnesota Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh, St. Louis, National, Detroit, and New Jersey symphonies.

Major summer festival engagements include Ravinia, Blossom, Wolf Trap, Caramoor and Aspen, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Mostly Mozart Festival in Tokyo. Pratt is also the artistic director of the Next Generation Festival, a two-week chamber music festival in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; tours with the Dedalus String Quartet; and appears with cellist Zuill Bailey in duo recitals throughout the U.S.

Awadagin Pratt has been the subject of numerous articles in the national press, including Newsweek, People magazine, USA Weekend, Newsday, Emerge, and Mirabella. He was named one of the "50 Leaders of Tomorrow" in Ebony magazine's special 50th anniversary issue and has been featured on National Public Radio's Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday Morning, and Weekend Edition. On television, Pratt has performed on the Today show, Good Morning America, and Sesame Street, been profiled on CBS Sunday Morning, and was one of the featured soloists on PBS's "Live from the Kennedy Center: A Salute to Slava." He also performed twice at the White House at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton.

Awadagin Pratt's Website


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