Eliot Bailen (cello)

Eliot Bailen
Eliot Bailen Eliot Bailen has an active career as an artistic director, cellist, composer and teacher. Strings Magazine writes, “At Merkin Hall ‘cellist Eliot Bailen displayed a warm focused tone, concentrated expressiveness and admirable technical command always at the service of the music.” Founder and Artistic Director of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, now in its 36th year, whose performances the New York Times has described as “the Platonic ideal of a chamber music concert,” Eliot is also Founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom in New York and Artistic Director of the New York Chamber Ensemble. Principal Cello of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, New York Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra New England, Teatro Grattacielo and the New Choral Society, Eliot also performs regularly with the Saratoga Chamber Players, the Cape May Music Festival, the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival, as well as with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York City Opera and Ballet, the American Symphony and the New Jersey Symphony. Heard frequently in numerous Broadway shows, in 2015 Eliot was solo cellist for ‘Allegiance.’ As a composer, he has received many commissions including a Double Concerto for Flute and Cello (2012) and his Saratoga Sextet, for the Saratoga Chamber Players (“The crowd loved it!” Schenectady Daily Gazette 6/14). Recently Eliot’s musical, The Tiny Mustache, received a third grant for further development from the Omer Foundation after its successful debut. He has received over thirty commissions for his “Song to Symphony” project, an extended school residency program that was recently awarded a special Alumni Grant from the Yale School of Music. Eliot received his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from Yale University and an MBA from New York University. He is on the cello and chamber music faculty at Columbia University and Teachers College, and has performed at the SLLMF since 1994.