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ENCORE: Zuill Bailey; Anderson-Sasaki Duo

August 10, 2023: Host Christa Wessel shares a special encore of a recent T@T episode featuring GRAMMY award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey and the Anderson-Sasaki Duo.

Zuill Bailey shared a preview of his May 2023 concerts with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, including a performance of Shostakovich’s virtuosic Cello Concerto No. 1. The Anderson-Sasaki Duo (violinist Becky Anderson and pianist Mika Sasaki) gave a sneak peek at their Community Concert with Chamber Music Northwest.

This episode originally aired May 18, 2023.


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, Philharmonia (UK) and the Bruchner Orchestra in Linz, Austria. 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 solo touring engagements, he is the Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica (Texas), the Sitka Summer Music Festival/Series and Cello Seminar, (Alaska), Juneau Jazz and Classics, (Alaska), the Northwest Bach Festival (Washington),  Classical Inside Out Series- Mesa Arts Center(Arizona) and is Director of the Center for Arts Entrepreneurship and Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.

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Now in its 44th season, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has been a cornerstone of Southwest Washington’s arts community, providing symphony music of the highest caliber in live performances and through music education in schools, concert halls, and throughout the community.

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Sharing a passion for chamber music and a strong belief that everyone in any community should have the opportunity to find a personal connection with music, violinist Becky Anderson and pianist Mika Sasaki joined forces to create imaginative programs of the violin-piano repertoire that can forge lasting and meaningful connections with audiences. Together, the Anderson-Sasaki Duo presents unique concerts and educational workshops that encourage dialogue and guide listeners through a personal musical exploration.

The award-winning artists have garnered much acclaim as soloists, collaborators, and educators, individually, each pursuing a multitude of artistic projects, appearing in major concert venues around the world, and collaborating with renowned ensembles. Both alumni of Music@Menlo and The Juilliard School, the duo began collaborating during their two-year fellowship with Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW), during which they took part in dozens of chamber music performances at Carnegie Hall, Skidmore College, public schools, and community venues around New York City and Saratoga Springs.

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Now in its 53rd season, Chamber Music Northwest serves more than 50,000 people annually in Oregon and SW Washington with exceptional chamber music through over 100 events annually, including their flagship Summer Festival, year-round concerts, community activities, educational programs, broadcasts, and innovative collaborations with other arts groups. CMNW is the only chamber music festival of its kind in the Northwest and one of the most diverse classical music experiences in the nation, virtually unparalleled in comparable communities.

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