Alexander Baillie

Biography

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.
    Twentieth-century Cello Sonatas
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 251 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frederick Delius,  Rebecca Clarke,  Ivor Keys,  Edmund Rubbra  ... 
    Performer:  John Thwaites,  Alexander Baillie
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    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5412002 Release Date: 02/25/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Eric Coates,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Kathryn Stott,  Michael Boriskin,  Todd Levy  ... 
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley,  Eugene Ormandy,  Leonard Slatkin,  John Pritchard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players
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  • 3.
    Watson: Cello Concerto
    Label: Herald Records   Catalog: 264 Release Date: 10/13/2008  
    Composer:  Stephen Watson
    Performer:  Alexander Baillie
    Conductor:  David Angus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
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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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    Respighi: Ballad Of The Gnomes, Etc / Geoffrey Simon, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 4028 Release Date: 12/05/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Performer:  Leslie Pearson,  Alexander Baillie
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    British Orchestral Collection / Various
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8502502 Release Date: 11/15/2006   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Bruce Montgomery,  Michael Hurd,  Haydn Wood  ... 
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Iain Burnside,  Graham Johnson,  John Metcalfe  ... 
    Conductor:  James Judd,  David Lloyd-Jones,  Michael Tippett,  Adrian Leaper  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  Duke String Quartet,  Royal Ballet Sinfonia  ... 
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    Brahms, Mahler: Piano Quartets / Villiers Piano Quartet
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1072 Release Date: 10/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Ian Brown,  Simon Rowland-Jones,  Maureen Smith,  Alexander Baillie  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers Piano Quartet
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  • 9.
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 20062 Release Date: 10/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Alexander Baillie
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  • 10.
    Matthews: Cello Concerto No 1, Etc / Carewe, Baillie, Et Al
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 101 Release Date: 04/27/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Colin Matthews
    Performer:  Alexander Baillie
    Conductor:  John Carewe,  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Ancora - Matthews: Cello Concerto No 1, Etc / Carewe, Et Al
    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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    The Concerto In Europe / Demetriades, European Union Co
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55035 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Garth,  Carl Stamitz,  André Modeste Grétry,  Giovanni Paisiello
    Performer:  Alexander Baillie,  Tabea Zimmermann,  Marc Grauwels,  Jasna Corrado Merlak
    Conductor:  Dimitri Demetriades
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Union Chamber 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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  • 17.
    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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    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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    Headington: Piano Concerto, Serenade, Etc / Cleobury, Et Al
    Label: Asv   Catalog: 969 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Headington
    Performer:  Alexander Baillie,  Andrew Carwood,  Gordon Fergus-Thompson
    Conductor:  Nicholas Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Sinfonia
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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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