Alexander Baillie


Born: January 6, 1956; Stockport, Cheshire, England  
Alexander Baillie is one of those rare musicians who began playing his instrument at a relatively late age -- 12, in his case -- and developed quickly enough to win second prize in a major competition by age 22, the prestigious Casals Competition (1978). Baillie has since become one of the leading English cellists of his generation, performing with equal success as a soloist and chamber music player. He has also become a prominent recording Read more artist, and his repertory is broad, taking in standards by Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Britten, as well as contemporary works, which he has premiered, by Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Henze, Schnittke, Takemitsu, Richard Rodney Bennett, Colin Matthews, and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Baillie was a member of the now-defunct chamber orchestra Fires of London and is a member of the Villiers Piano Quartet. He has recorded for a variety of labels, including Naxos, ASV, Nimbus, Lyrita, Regent, Unicorn-Kanchana, and Cala Records.

Alexander Baillie was born in Stockport, England, on January 6, 1956. As a late bloomer he quickly advanced and enrolled at London's Royal College of Music when he was 16. His teachers there included Joan Dickson and Anna Shuttleworth. From 1975-1978, he studied at Vienna's Hochschule für Musik with André Navarra, and later teachers included Mstislav Rostropovich and the cellist who first inspired him to take up his instrument, Jacqueline du Pré.

Baillie's debut recital was in prestigious quarters, London's Wigmore Hall, in 1978. Three years later he gave an acclaimed account of Dutilleux's Tout un monde lointain, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, under Mark Elder, as his orchestral debut.

In 1982 Baillie took second prize in the Bavarian Radio ARD competition in Munich. By the mid-'80s, he was an international figure, regularly appearing with major orchestras and in recitals, often paired up with pianists Piers Lane, Kathron Sturrock, and (later) James Lisney. Among his earliest recordings was a CD of cello sonatas (with Lane on piano) by Prokofiev (Op. 119) and Shostakovich (Op. 40) on the Unicorn-Kanchana label.

Baillie joined the faculties of two prestigious music schools: the RCM (1994) and the Bremen-based Hochschule für Künste (1995). Throughout the 1990s and early years of the new century he has continued to regularly concertize, often as a member of the Villiers Piano Quartet. Among Baillie's newer recordings is the ambitious 2008 Regent CD set of the complete Beethoven Works for Cello and Piano with pianist James Lisney. Read less
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  • 1.
    The British Cello / Baillie, Thwaites
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 175 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest John Moeran,  Benjamin Britten,  Frank Bridge,  Richard R. Bennett  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Baillie,  John Thwaites
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  • 2.
    Brahms: Cello Sonatas & 4 Serious Songs / Baillie, Thwaites
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 158 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Alexander Baillie,  John Thwaites
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    British String Concertos
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 2346 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor,  Gustav Holst,  Gerald Finzi,  William Busch  ... 
    Performer:  Lorraine McAslan,  Emanuel Hurwitz,  Kenneth Sillito,  Cecil Aronowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Braithwaite,  Imogen Holst,  David Atherton,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Twentieth-century Cello Sonatas
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 251 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frederick Delius,  Rebecca Clarke,  Edmund Rubbra,  Frank Bridge  ... 
    Performer:  John Thwaites,  Alexander Baillie
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    Stanford: Cello Concerto, Piano Concerto No 3 / Baillie, Binns, Braithwaite
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 321 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford
    Performer:  Malcolm Binns,  Alexander Baillie
    Conductor:  Nicholas Braithwaite
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Holst: A Winter Idyll, Elegy, Indra, Etc / Atherton
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 209 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Performer:  Lorraine McAslan,  Alexander Baillie
    Conductor:  David Atherton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Matthews: Cello Concerto No 1, Sonata No. 5 Landscape, Hidden Variables  / Baillie, Carewe, Tilson Thomas
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 101 Release Date: 04/01/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Colin Matthews
    Performer:  Alexander Baillie
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  John Carewe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta
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    Label: Cello Classics   Catalog: 11010 Release Date: 03/01/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Benjamin Godard,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Performer:  Douglas Cameron,  Ethel Bartlett,  Sir John Barbirolli,  W.H. Squire  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Eric Fenby,  Constant Lambert,  Christopher Finzi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Newbury String Players
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    Rawsthorne: Cello Concerto, Etc / Baillie, Rancourt, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554763 Release Date: 01/16/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Rawsthorne
    Performer:  Stephane Rancourt,  Alexander Baillie
    Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    Crosse: Memories Of Morning, Etc / Baillie, Brabbins, Bbc So
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 58 Release Date: 12/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gordon Crosse
    Performer:  Alexander Baillie,  Susan Bickley
    Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Wavesongs - Matthews, Finnissy, Goehr, Et Al / Baillie, Ball
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 19 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gordon Crosse,  Roger Smalley,  Mark-Anthony Turnage,  Alexander Goehr  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Baillie,  Andrew Ball
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  • 12.
    Tippett Conducts Tippett - Concertos, Ritual Dances, Etc
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1759 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Michael Tippett
    Performer:  Linda Rhodes,  Michael Bochmann,  Nicolas Jones,  Alexander Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  William Boughton,  George Guest,  Stephen Darlington,  Michael Tippett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir  ... 
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  • 13.
    Keal: Cello Concerto, Ballade / Baillie, Brabbins, Et Al
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 48 Release Date: 09/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Minna Keal
    Performer:  Alexander Baillie,  Martina Baillie
    Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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    Tippett Conducts Tippett: Triple Concerto, Piano Concerto
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5301 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Tippett
    Performer:  Martino Tirimo,  Alexander Baillie,  Ernst Kovacic,  Gérard Caussé
    Conductor:  Michael Tippett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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