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Violinist and violist Max Baillie is one of the most versatile musicians in the UK. Classical, electronic, and traditional forms of music as well as writing, producing and directing a diverse spectrum of projects are all regular features of his creative career.

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Max'

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Recent NEWS

Wednesday 22nd July 2015

Bach + Harmonic Rhythm

‘Part of a wider project in Bach investigation…’

Monday 13th July 2015

Janacek’s viola

‘Dark and nutty sounds from this wonderful and unusual viola, which belonged to Janacek. I’m looking forward to playing his Kreutzer Quartet on it tonight in the stunning Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe here in London.’

Janacek's viola

Saturday 11th July 2015

ZRI BBC Radio 3 Broadcast

ZRI visited Broadcasting House last week for BBC Radio 3′s In Tune program. We had a great show which you can catch on iplayer here.

ZRI @ BBC

Thursday 21st May 2015

ZRI Mark II: Schubert through the Looking Glass

‘I’m super excited that ZRI (see under Projects) has begun its follow-up project to the Brahms Quintet: we’ve chosen the similarly Hungarian-influenced C Major String Quintet by Schubert, another monster master work… We expect to launch it later this year… watch this space!’

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Schubert: Through the Looking Glass:

Following their ground-breaking Brahms project ZRI present Schubert’s String Quintet in C, reimagined to sound as radical as when it was first written. Bursting with gypsy and Hungarian themes, it is here rescored to include both santouri (cymbalom) and accordion and interleaved with traditional tunes. ZRI stands for ‘Zum Roten Igel’, the name of the major concert venue in Vienna but also of the tavern just behind it where bands played and composers caroused into the night; at one point Schubert even lived next door. His fluid embrace of folk tradition in this much-loved work is brought out in this exciting version in a way that reflects the daring and profound qualities of the piece itself.

Monday 20th April 2015

SPRING NEWS

‘I’ve had a Bach-themed start to the Spring: post-production on my Bach recording sessions is in full swing and I’m looking forward to releasing my first solo disc later this year featuring both violin and viola. I’ve also been working on an exciting new project I’m developing called The Bach Voyager, an investigation into the journey between page and performance. It’s a new online resource bringing together all the most compelling and controversial ideas about how to play Bach’s solo string music. More news on this later in the year…’

The Bach Voyager