Zuill Bailey, one of the most sought after cellists performing today just got busier. Bailey has been appointed as the Artistic Director designate of the Sitka Summer Music Festival and series.
The announcement was made by Paul Rosenthal, Artistic Director of the Music Festival for nearly 40 years. Mr. Rosenthal, a world renowned violinist, will step down from the position in 2012, on the eve of his 70th birthday. Zuill Bailey will act as Associate Director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival and series and work hand in hand with Paul Rosenthal to insure the level of artistry and leadership continues through the transition and beyond.
Paul Rosenthal, stated, “Zuill Bailey, a magnificent cellist, known for having the highest artistic integrity, imagination, vision and leadership skills will prove to be an invigorating inspiration for the Sitka Summer Music Festival and series.”
The musical excellence of the Sitka Summer Music Festival and series inspires enthusiastic praise from Mr. Bailey. “I am truly honored to carry the torch for such a prestigious festival that makes an incredible impact on the arts and the State of Alaska.”
In addition to his extensive performing schedule, cellist Zuill Bailey is an exclusive Telarc recording artist, the Artistic Director of the El Paso Pro Musica Chamber Music Festival and series, and is Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Mr. Bailey’s critically acclaimed “Russian Masterpieces,” CD has spent weeks on the Classical Billboard Charts. His upcoming CD of the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano will be available this summer in addition to the complete Bach Cello Suites in January, 2010.