National Philharmonic Master Class – Zuill Bailey, cello

Zuill Bailey masterclass

Zuill Bailey, widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world, is a Grammy Award winning, internationally renowned 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.


A consummate concerto soloist, Mr. Bailey has been featured with symphony orchestras worldwide, including Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, Indianapolis, Dallas, Louisville, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Nashville, Toronto, Colorado, Minnesota, Utah, Israel, Cape Town, and the Bruchner Orchestra in Linz, Austria. He has collaborated with such conductors as Itzhak Perlman, Alan Gilbert, Andrew Litton, Neeme Jarvi, Giancarlo Guerrero, James DePriest, Jun Markl, Carlos Kalmar, Andrey Boreyko, Krzysztof Urbanski, J acques Lacombe, Grant Llewellyn and Stanislav Skrowaczewski.  He also has been featured with musical luminaries Leon Fleisher, Jaime Laredo, the Juilliard String Quartet, Lynn Harrell and Janos Starker.


Mr. Bailey has appeared at Disney Hall, the Kennedy Center, the United Nations, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St. Y and Carnegie Hall, where he made his concerto debut performing the U.S. premiere of Miklos Theodorakis’ “Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra.” In addition, he made his New York recital debut in a sold out performance of the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.   Bailey also presented the U.S. premiere of the Nico Muhly Cello Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.  World premieres include works by composers such as Lowell Lieberman, Phillip Lasser, Roberto Sierra, Benjamin Wallfisch and Michael Daugherty.


His international appearances include notable performances with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in its 50th anniversary tour of Russia as well as concerts in Australia, the Dominican Republic, France, Israel, Spain, South Africa, Hong Kong, Jordan, Mexico, South America and the United Kingdom. Festival appearances include Ravinia, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Manchester Cello Festival (UK), Wimbledon (UK),  Consonances- St. Nazaire ( France), Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Deia Music Festival- Mallorca (Spain), Montreal (Canada), Santa Fe, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Bravo!, Vail Valley, Maverick Concert Series, Brevard, Interlochen,  Cape Cod and the Music Academy of the West.  In addition, he was the featured soloist performing the Elgar Cello Concerto at the Bard Festival in the World Premiere of the Doug Varrone Dance Company performance of “Victorious.”


Zuill Bailey is a renowned recording artist with over twenty titles. Mr. Bailey won a best solo performance Grammy Award in 2017 for his Live Recording of “Tales of Hemingway,” by composer Michael Daugherty.  The celebrated CD, recorded with the Nashville Symphony, Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor,  also won a Grammy for best composition, “Tales of Hemingway,” and Best Compendium.  His celebrated “Bach Cello Suites” and recently released Britten Cello Symphony/Sonata CD with pianist Natasha Paremski, immediately soared to the Number One spot on the Classical Billboard Charts. Other critically acclaimed recordings include his live performances with the Indianapolis Symphony of the Bloch Schelomo, Muhly Cello Concerto (World Premiere), Brahms Sextets with the Cypress Strings Quartet,  Elgar and Dvorak Cello Concertos, described by Gramophone magazine as the new “reference” recording and one that “sweeps the board.” In addition, the Dvorak Cello Concerto CD is listed in the “Penguin’s Guide,” as one the Top 1000 Classical Recordings of all time.  Zuill Bailey’s other  releases include “Brahms” complete works for cello and piano with pianist Awadagin Pratt, and “Russian Masterpieces” showcasing the works of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich performed with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.  Mr. Bailey is featured on the chart topping Quincy Jones- produced “Diversity,”   with pianist/composer Emily Bear.  Other releases include his innovative “Spanish Masters” CD for Zenph Studios, where he forms a unique duo blending with recordings of composer Manuel de Falla and an all American recital program with Pianist Lara Downes on the Steinway and Sons label. His discography also includes a debut recital disc for Delos, Cello Quintets of Boccherini and Schubert with Janos Starker, Saint-Saens Cello Concertos No. 1 and 2 “Live,” and the Korngold Cello Concerto with Kaspar Richter and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz for ASV.


Zuill Bailey was named the 2014 Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumni and was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation Award for 2006 and 2007 for Beethoven’s complete works for Cello and Piano. The highly touted two disc set with pianist Simone Dinnerstein was released on Telarc worldwide. In celebration of his recordings and appearances, Kalmus Music Masters has released “Zuill Bailey Performance Editions,” which encompasses the core repertoire of cello literature.


Network television appearances include a recurring role on the HBO series “Oz,” NBC’s “Homicide,” A&E, NHK TV in Japan, a live broadcast and DVD release of the Beethoven Triple Concerto performed in Tel Aviv with Itzhak Perlman conducting the Israel Philharmonic, and a performance with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico City. Mr. Bailey is also featured in the televised production of the Cuban premiere of Victor Herbert’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with the National Orchestra of Cuba. He has been heard on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” “Tiny Desk Concert,” “Performance Today,” “Saint Paul Sunday,” BBC’s  “In Tune,” XM Radio’s “Live from Studio II,” Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Virtuoso Voices,”  the KDFC Concert Series, KUSC, Minnesota Public Radio, WQXR’s “Cafe Concert”, WFMT and RTHK Radio Hong Kong.


Mr. Bailey received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School. His primary teachers include Loran Stephenson, Stephen Kates and Joel Krosnick. Mr. Bailey performs on the “rosette” 1693 Matteo Gofriller Cello, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. In addition to his extensive touring engagements, he is the Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica (Texas), the Sitka Summer Music Festival/Series and Cello Seminar, (Alaska), the Northwest Bach Festival (Washington),   Classical Inside and Out Series- Mesa Arts Center(Arizona) and Director of the Center for Arts Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas at El Paso

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National Philharmonic Chamber Players “Next Generation”

Next Generation

April 22, 2018 String Trio + MCYO/SSI Strings + Herbie Greenberg
Next Generation highlights the passing of the musical torch through three generations of teacher/student relationships and places
brilliant young musicians directly in the spotlight. Joining the National Philharmonic Chamber Players will be incredible young string
players from National Philharmonic’s Summer String Institute and the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras as well as long-time
Baltimore Symphony Concertmaster (and former teacher of NP Concertmaster Colin Sorgi) Herbert Greenberg in Mendelssohn’s
beloved Octet written when the composer was just 16 years old. Likewise, composer Andrew Norman, only in his mid-thirties, has
already been named Musical America’s Composer of the Year and has received the Grawemeyer Award and the Rome Prize, firmly
establishing him as one of the leading members of the up-and-coming generation of young American composers. His virtuosic
string trio ‘The Companion Guide to Rome’ , runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize and Grammy nominated, is a set of nine miniature
portraits inspired by his favorite churches in Rome.

Jean-Marie Leclair: Sonata for Two Violins in A Major, op. 3 no. 2
Andrew Norman: The Companion Guide To Rome (2010)
Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, op. 20

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National Philharmonic Master Class – Melissa White, violin

Melissa White masterclass

American violinist Melissa White has enchanted audiences around the world as both a soloist and chamber musician. A First Prize winner of the Sphinx Competition, Ms White has received critical acclaim for solo performances with some of America’s leading orchestras, including those of Cleveland, Detroit, Baltimore, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Colorado, as well as the Boston Pops. Internationally, she has appeared as a soloist with the Colombian Youth Orchestra in a tour of Columbia as well as in Poland with the Philharmonia Dolnoslaska under the direction of Piotr Gajewski. She has also appeared in recital in Baku, Azerbaijan and, in April 2016, served as interim concertmaster in performances and recordings with the Louisville Orchestra.


As a founding member of the highly acclaimed Harlem Quartet, Ms. White’s passion and artistry have contributed to performances that have been hailed for their “panache” by the New York Times and as “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent” by the Cincinnati Inquirer. Together with the Harlem Quartet, Ms. White has performed with luminaries such as Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavafian, Paul Katz and Anthony McGill, and in many of the country’s most prestigious performance spaces, including Carnegie Hall, at the White House in a performance for the President and First Lady, as well as at the Kennedy Center in collaboration with Misha Dichter. Ms. White’s passion for chamber music has recently expanded to sharing the stage with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, most recently joining the world-renowned conductorless chamber orchestra for a tour of Japan.


Always looking to push and expand musical boundaries, Ms. White has also collaborated closely with several leading jazz musicians including Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Gary Burton. Following an extended international tour with Corea and Burton, her recording with Harlem Quartet and the jazz duo entitled “Mozart Goes Dancing” won three Grammy Awards, including one for Best Instrumental Composition, in February 2013.


In addition to her musical role with the Harlem Quartet, Ms. White also serves as the ensemble’s in-house grant writer. In this capacity, she has written several successful grants, including James Madison University’s Cultural Connections Artist-In-Residence Grant and a 2016 Chamber Music America Residency Grant which was designated the Guarneri String Quartet residency grant. This award will allow the Harlem Quartet to partake in an extended residency in Mobile, Alabama that will include a close partnership with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra.


Ms. White holds performance degrees from both the Curtis Institute of Music as well as the New England Conservatory of Music and has studied with Jaime Laredo, Ida Kavafian, Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried. Her current instrument, “Matilda,” was commissioned as part of a Sphinx MPower Artist Grant in 2014 by the American violin maker Ryan Soltis.


When she doesn’t have a violin in her hands, Ms. White is an advanced practitioner of Bikram Yoga and enjoys taking photos while exploring the many wonderful places around the world that her music has allowed her to visit.

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National Philharmonic Chamber Players “Story Time”

Story Time

February 18, 2018 Four Musicians (Vln/Vla + Cello + Clarinet + Piano)
Story Time draws inspiration from poetry and literature and their influence on composers throughout history. The four composers on
this program are all well known for their passion for literary references and the brilliantly colorful subject matter ranges from fairy
tales and allegory to Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ and the expressive poetry of love and transformation.

Robert Schumann: Märchenerzählungen, Op. 132
Igor Stravinsky: Suite from The Soldier’s Tale (1919)

Thomas Ádes: Court Studies from The Tempest (2005)
Arnold Schoenberg (arr. Steuermann): Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

Colin Sorgi, violin/viola
Lori Barnet, cello
Cheryl Hill, clarinet
Hui-Chuan Chen, piano

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Ken Giles Studio Recital

Ken Giles Studio Recital

Students of Ken Giles will be performing in the John Kendall Recital Hall.

National Philharmonic Chamber Players

Crossing Borders
“Crossing Borders celebrates music with “dual citizenship.” This program features Dvorak’s popular “American” String Quartet written while he was spending the summer in Iowa and blends African American spirituals with a distinctly Czech flare. Works by Peruvian-American composer Gabriela Lena Frank and Egyptian-American composer Hamza El Din display dazzling transformations of traditional fold music that put the composers’ heritage front and center.”

October 29, 2017, 3-5pm

Hugo Wolf: Italian Serenade (1887)
Gabriela Lena Frank: Leyendas – An Andean Walkabout (2001)
Hamza El Din: Escalay Water Wheel) (1971)
Antonin Dvořák: String Quartet no. 12 “American”

Colin Sorgi & Sara Matayoshi, violin
Julius Wirth, viola
Lori Barnet, cello

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ASTA Studio Teacher Meeting

Are you working with students who have special needs?  Join us for this workshop with Megann Griffith, a certified music therapist who also has a bachelors and masters degree from Cleveland Institute of Music.  She will offer advice and tips on how to work with students who have special needs.  Currently, Megann is on the staff of Lamax Homes and she teaches violin/viola at the Maryland Talent Education Center in Frederick MD.

This event is sponsored by the MD/DC chapter of the American String Teachers Association.