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Alessio Bax

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Pianist Alessio Bax is praised for creating “a ravishing listening experience” with his lyrical playing, insightful interpretations and dazzling facility. “His playing quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity,” says Gramophone magazine, leading to “an out-of-body experience” (Dallas Morning News). First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions, and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, Dallas and Houston symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle.

During the 2013-14 season, Bax returns to the Dallas Symphony under Jaap van Zweden, and the UK’s Southbank Sinfonia, with whom he recorded a pair of Mozart piano concertos, appears with conductor Hannu Lintu in Finland, Hans Graf and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and as concerto soloist at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. He tours South America with violinist Joshua Bell, plays multiple chamber music concerts presented by the Dallas Symphony, returns to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for concerts and a solo recital and performs at Lincoln Center and Washington, D.C.’s Dumbarton Oaks with his frequent duo partner, pianist Lucille Chung.

This past summer, Bax participated in nine different festivals, including return appearances to the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Bridgehampton, Lexington and Bard Music Festivals, and his first residency with Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine as the 2013 Andrew Wolf Award Chamber Music Award recipient. In 2013 Bax also received Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, which recognizes young artists of exceptional accomplishment.

Winter marks the release of a duo disc with Lucille Chung featuring Stravinsky’s original four-hand version of the ballet Petrouchka, as well as music by Brahms and Piazzolla. His acclaimed discography for Signum Classics includes Alessio Bax plays Mozart (Piano Concertos K. 491 and K. 595), Alessio Bax plays Brahms (Gramophone “Critic’s Choice”), Rachmaninov: Preludes and Melodies (American Record Guide “Critics’ Choice 2011”), Bach Transcribed and Baroque Reflections (Warner Classics, Gramophone “Editor’s Choice”).

Hailed by International Piano as “a pianist of refreshing depth,” Bax’s extensive concerto repertoire has led to performances with such esteemed conductors as Marin Alsop, Sergiu Commisiona, Vernon Handley, Pietari Inkinen, Jonathan Nott, Vasily Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov and Jaap van Zweden.

Alessio Bax graduated with top honors at the record age of 14 from the conservatory of his hometown in Bari, Italy, where he studied with Angela Montemurro. He studied in France with François-Joël Thiollier and attended the Chigiana Academy in Siena under Joaquín Achúcarro. In 1994 he moved to Dallas to continue his studies with Achúcarro at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, and he is now on the teaching faculty there. He and his wife, pianist Lucille Chung, reside in New York City. Bax is a Steinway artist.

Alessio Bax

photo Lisa-Marie Mazzucco