Dr. Rustow died Dec. 19, 2014
Eliot Bailen Composer & Co- lyricist
Eliot Bailen’s active career as a composer and cellist covers a broad span of activity. Recent commissions include an Octet (“For Ellen”) for 3 winds and strings premiered by the Sherman Chamber Ensemble in August, 2014; a ‘Double Concerto for Flute and Cello’ commissioned by the Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and premiered in October 2012 with Mr. Bailen and his wife, flutist, Susan Rotholz as soloists; “Perhaps a Butterfly” a chamber work for Soprano, child soprano, flute and string trio commissioned by Cantor Rebecca Garfein at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York where it was premiered in 2011,
Steve is the proud winner of two Emmy awards. After thirty years of editing other people's stories, films, documentaries, TV shows and commercials; Steve decided it was time for something different.
He created the original story and the "Book" for The Tiny Mustache.
"It was a refreshing change. I enjoyed being the head creative in a room for once. Then the fantasy popped, when I realized I was alone." He joked.
He could not have done this original work without the support of his family. HIs wife, Dr. Marcia Grossman, his daughters, his brother, Jay and his Mom, Maxine Fialkoff. His 98 year old Aunt Esther, in 2013, told him about his own family's Holocaust story, which he was unaware of.
Steve attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn and graduated from Binghamton University in New York.
"When I heard my baby cry at the moment of her birth, suddenly I knew, my purpose here on Earth..." Katz, the director. (Lyrics from the song "The Lost Smile" Music by Eliot Bailen. Lyrics by Steven Fialkoff, Additional lyrics by Eliot Bailen from "The Tiny Mustache" a new original musical drama.)
“Perhaps a Butterfly” was recently selected along with another work forpublishing by Transcontinental Music. Mr. Bailen’s Saratoga Sextet for strings,commissioned by Saratoga Chamber Players, premiered recently to criticalacclaim at Skidmore College as part of Saratoga Artsfest. Mr. Bailen has also gained national attention as a writerand producer of children's music. Winner of the 1990 Parent's Choice Gold Medaland winner of numerous ASCAP Popular Awards, Mr. Bailen was a featured guestartist on Nickelodeon's "Eureeka's Castle" airing from 1993 through 1997. Mr. Bailen received over twenty-nine commissions for his "Song to Symphony" project, anextended school residency program that presents children's original musicals inan orchestral setting; the project was the subject of a NY Times featurearticle (Sept. 2006). The Song to Symphony project was recently awarded aspecial Alumni Grant from the Yale School of Music.
Strings Magazine writes, "At Merkin Hall (NYC) ‘cellist Eliot Bailen displayed a warm focused tone, concentrated expressiveness andadmirable technical command always at the service of the music” (July, ’99).Eliot Bailen is principal cello of the New York Chamber Ensemble, New JerseyFestival Orchestra, Orchestra New England, New York Bach Artists, TeatroGrattacielo and the New Choral Society. Founder and Artistic Director of theSherman Chamber Ensemble whose performances the New York Times has described as“the Platonic ideal of a chamber music concert.” (July, 2005), Mr. Bailen alsoperforms regularly with the Saratoga Chamber Players, 'Modern Works,' BronxArts Ensemble, the Cape May Music Festival and the Sebago-Long Lake Chamber Music Festival. He is also Founder and Artistic director of Chamber Music atRodeph Sholom in New York. He is assistant-principal cello of the StamfordSymphony and appears frequently such orchestras as the Orchestra of St. Luke's,New York City Opera and Ballet, American Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, MusicaSacra and the Oratorio Society of New York. He has recorded for Nonesuch, KochInternational, Deutche Grammophon, Delos, New World, Beanstalk, BMG and FlyingDutchman Records and has been heard as solo cello in numerous Broadway shows.
Mr. Bailen received his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from Yale University andis on the cello and chamber music faculty at Columbia University and TeachersCollege. Graduating in 1977 with High Honors in Music andFrench Literature from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Mr. Bailen also holds an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University where he was awarded thecoveted Slater Prize for Entrepreneurship. In 2002, he was awarded the Norman Vincent Peale Arts Award for Positive Thinking. Susan and Eliot live in NewYork City with their twin sons David and Daniel and their daughter Julia.