We welcome back one of the finest of American cellists. When I was in Los Angeles recently to meet with architect Frank Gehry, I heard on the car radio a hauntingly beautiful performance of Bruch’s ‘Kol Nidri’ I sat mesmerised in the car waiting for the name of the performer.
It was ZUILL BAILEY, our co-commissioning partner and this year’s Festival Artist in Residence.
He is listed as one of the top 30 most important people in the American music scene, winner of 3 Grammy-Awards, and Artistic Director of no less than four significant music festivals.
Earlier in the Festival (22 Nov) he is joined by his friend Australian pianist Piers Lane in a programme that includes outstanding sonatas by Beethoven and Boccherini, Chopin’s Polonaise Brilliant, and the three-times Grammy winner that America has been talking about, Daugherty’s ‘Tales of Hemmingway’
Zuill Bailey – Cello Recital (22 Nov)
“Tales of Hemingway (2015) portrays four of the novelist’s stories in music of sweeping drama and poetry. Daugherty sends the cello soaring and singing as he summons key moments in the Hemingway books. The solo writing calls for an artist of eloquent persuasion, and Zuill Bailey more than meets the score’s demands with playing that combines fervour and poetry”
Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone
Always fun is our ‘Virtuosi’ evening (21 Nov) in which our ensemble of eight international virtuosi offer their own choice of startling party pieces, that often become audiences ‘best of festival’ choice!
The Wimbledon Festival Virtuosi (21 Nov)