Anne Francis Bayless
Professional Practice Associate Professor
Cellist Anne Francis Bayless has been a member of the internationally acclaimed Fry Street Quartet since 2000. Hailed as “a triumph of ensemble playing” (New York Times), the FSQ has perfected a “blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity” (Strad). Prize winners at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and both the Fischoff and Yellow Springs national chamber music competitions, the FSQ has reached audiences from Carnegie Hall to Sarajevo and Jerusalem, exploring the medium of the string quartet and its life-affirming potential with “profound understanding, …depth of expression, and stunning technical astuteness” (Deseret Morning News).
Anne received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Aaron and Alan Harris, and she served as teaching assistant to Paul Katz while pursuing her Master of Music degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Previous teachers include Grace Field, Bruce Uchimura, and Bonnie Hampton. Alongside her touring schedule with the FSQ, Anne teaches cello and chamber music on the faculty of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. Anne is married to Utah Symphony principal violist Brant Bayless, and the couple lives with their young son in Logan and Salt Lake City. Anne performs on a Carl Becker Sr. cello dated 1926 and a bow by A. Vigneron, Paris.