Bailey Wantuch

Violin, 2021

Bailey Wantuch shares her passion for and knowledge of classical music, both new and old, traditional and unconventional, by giving creative performances and practicing thoughtful violin pedagogy. Her musicianship and teaching artistry have brought her from the US and Canada to Austria, Chile, China, France, Germany, Kenya, Mexico, and Switzerland. Notably, she has appeared at the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival, the International Music Workshop & Festival, and the Arosa Music Academy: Masterclass at the Highest Level. She has also attended festivals in the USA such as Madeline Island Chamber Music and the Northwestern Summer Violin Institute. 

Wantuch spends much of her time performing chamber music. She is a founding member of the ensemble Quatuor Æternum, established in Germany in 2019. Previously, her piano trio won first prize at the 2017-18 McGill University Chamber Music Competition. Orchestrally, she served as concertmaster of McGill’s Contemporary Music Ensemble and Opera Orchestra, as well as the Northwestern University Opera Orchestra. She has also played with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago, and Wisconsin Philharmonic.

In addition to performing, Wantuch has taught at schools worldwide including Cuerdas Frotadas Osorno (Chile), La Escuela Superior de Música de la UJED (Mexico), El Sistema Kenya, and the Des Plaines School of Music (USA). Devoted to the intersection of social change and music education, she completed the Global Leaders Program, a year-long certificate program for socially-minded musicians and teaching artists worldwide. She also recently participated in the cross-disciplinary Academy O/Modernt.

Wantuch is pursuing a Doctorate of Music in Performance Studies at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music under the guidance of Violaine Melançon. She holds a Master of Music from McGill, as well as a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where she studied with Blair Milton. As a chamber musician, Wantuch has worked with members of the Casal Quartett, Vermeer Quartet, Dover Quartet, Lincoln Trio, Peabody Trio, and Zodiac Trio.