Cellist Zuill Bailey won the GRAMMYTM in 2017 for best solo performance for his live recording of Tales of Hemingway by Michael Daugherty. The rapidly growing success of this work was set in motion by Zuill's performances and recording of it with the Nashville Symphony and Giancarlo Guerrero followed by a subscription week of "Tales" with the Detroit Symphony led by Neeme Järvi.
Since the premiere, Zuill and Tales of Hemingway have wound their way through much of North America, performing it with the symphony orchestras in Erie, Virginia, El Paso, Asheville, Evansville, Roanoke, Syracuse, South Carolina - and then all the way to Istanbul. Listeners have been entranced and entertained by Daugherty's musical interpretations of the life, adventures, and literature of American writer, Ernest Hemingway.
Zuill just turned full circle with recent performances of Tales, again with Giancarlo Guerrero, but this time with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil; and with Neeme Järvi in New York with The Orchestra NOW at the Rose Theater Lincoln Center. Still coming up this season, Zuill brings the work to the South Florida, Midland MI, Eugene, and Boise Symphonies.
In between the playing of Tales, Zuill has touched and entertained audiences from Milwaukee to Mobile, Harrisburg, Santa Barbara, Bellingham, North Carolina, Washington D.C. (et al) -- to Capetown and Johannesburg in South Africa - playing the concerti of Bloch, Britten, Dvorak, Elgar, Haydn, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Shostakovich, and Strauss.
"Zuill Bailey (in his performance of Tales of Hemingway)... ...was an uncommonly convincing protagonist. He internalized the part and presented it in a very forthcoming, expansive, masterful manner. One had an impression that similarly to an actor who is expected to assume a different personality for each role, Bailey changed his own personality with each of the four fragments, with a different protagonist." - Roman Markowicz, CONCERTONET, October 15, 2017
"As it happens, soul and nuance are what cellist Zuill Bailey excels in. He played Dvorak’s Cello Concerto on Saturday, digging into the slow movement with luscious tone and spinning long, ardent lines that captured all the inwardness and rhapsody Dvorak wrote into the score." - Joe Banno, THE WASHINGTON POST, October 15, 2017
"Considered one of the key pieces for cello, the concerto was a dazzling display of Bailey’s abilities, letting him show just how talented he is at all aspects of the instrument. His vibrato, in particular, was amazing, giving the piece the kind of drama Elgar intended." - Bruce R. Miller, SIOUX CITY JOURNAL, October 1, 2017