Baillie, Alexander


Alexander Baillie  is an English cellist. Baillie frequently appears as a concerto soloist all around the world. He has been a soloist at the BBC Proms numerous times, having performed the Schumann, Delius and Beethoven Triple Concertos, as well as various premieres of contemporary works. British Orchestras he has performed with include the London Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. He has also directed and performed the Haydn and Boccherini concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra.

He has made a significant contribution to contemporary music, having premiered various works such as Penderecki's Cello Concerto No. 2 in 1992, H. K. Gruber's Concerto, and Andrew MacDonald's concerto. At the BBC Proms, he gave debut performances of Colin Matthew's Concerto in 1984, Henze's Sieben Liebeslieder in 1988 under the composer's direction, and Takemitsu's Orion and Pleiades in 1989. Other works by contemporary composers he regularly performs include Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto, which he has performed twice with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.

As well as being a prolific performer, Baillie frequently teaches both privately and in masterclasses. Currently he is Professor of Cello at the Bremen Hochschule in Germany, as well as visiting professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal College of Music. He makes numerous appearances at summer music courses, including Cadenza International Summer School and the Bryanston International Cello Course in the South of England. He is also a regular conductor of the Marryat Players in Wimbledon.

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Ralph Erle

Ball, Andrew


At the forefront of contemporary music for more than three decades, Andrew Ball has given premieres of works by Sofia Gubaidulina at the Bath Festival and of Hanna Kulenty's Second Piano Concerto with the Warsaw National Philharmonic. He has played Messiaen at the Proms and Ives and Busoni at the Wigmore Hall. Other premieres have included works by Chris Dench, James Wood, John Woolrich, David Matthews, John Casken, Alfred Schnittke and Edison Denisov.

Andrew Ball is now in great demand as a teacher and is a professor at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Kendall Taylor and was Head of Keyboard from 1999 to 2005. He has given master classes worldwide, most recently in New Orleans, Berlin, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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Featuring an outstanding and virtuoso cello & piano duo, long committed to contemporary music, this recording showcases works by six composers at the forefront of British music and includes Crosse's profound and majestic Wavesongs.


"This is an excellent showcase of British compositional talent and an effective antidote for anyone who thinks contemporary music has either gone soft of remains stubbornly modernist, neither of which is the case."
The Strad 1994


Recording date: 14 - 16 November 1992

Recording venue: All Saints Church, Petersham

Engineers: Tryggvi Tryggvason, Andrew Hallifax 
Producers: Tryggvi Tryggvason, Colin Matthews
Editing & mastering: Emma Stocker

Cover image: Francois Hall

(P) 1994 NMC Recordings Ltd

Faber Music
Oxford University Press
Schott Music
Catalogue number:
NMC D019
Release Date:
1 January 1994