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Alessio Bax

  • Pianist


Alessio Bax's extensive concerto repertoire has led to appearances with over 70 orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Tenerife Symphony, Spanish Radio Television, Rome Symphony, Hungarian Symphony, NHK Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, and Yomiuri Symphony.

He has worked with a number of esteemed conductors such as Marin Alsop, Petr Altrichter, Sergiu Commissiona, Alexander Dimitriev, Jonathan Nott, Vernon Handley, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Owain Arwel Hughes, Ken-ichiro Kobayashi, Dimitry Sitkovetsky and Sir Simon Rattle. He joins Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two (CMS Two) residency program for outstanding young artists for three seasons beginning in 2009-10.

Mr. Bax's festival appearances include London's International Piano Series (Queen Elizabeth Hall), the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, England's Aldeburgh and Bath festivals, the Ruhr Klavierfestival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, BeethovenFest, and Musikfestspiele Saar in Germany. He has performed in recital at music halls in Rome, Milan, Madrid, Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, New York, Washington DC, and Mexico City. Also an active chamber musician, he has collaborated with Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Andres Diaz and Nobuko Imai, among others.

He joins the prestigious Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two (CMS Two) residency program for outstanding young artists for three seasons beginning in 2009-10. His 2004 recording for Warner Classics, Baroque Reflections , received rave reviews and was selected as "Editor's Choice" by Gramophone magazine and "Best Buy" by Classical FM magazine. In 2003, Bax recorded with his wife, Lucille Chung, the complete works for two pianos and piano-for-four-hands of György Ligeti on Dynamic Records. In 2005, they recorded Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals with conductor Miguel Hart-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

He has recorded the complete works for piano and organ of Marcel Dupré on Naxos, and Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, live with the New Japan Philharmonic, for Fontec. Also on Fontec, Bax released a live recording of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Hamamatsu Symphony Orchestra. In January 2005, Alessio Bax was selected to play the Fugue of Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" Sonata for Maestro Daniel Barenboim in Barenboim on Beethoven.

The documentary was produced by Channel 13/PBS, in conjunction with Bel Air Media, BBC, and NHK Japan. It was broadcast worldwide and released as a DVD box set in 2006 on the EMI label. His performances are often broadcast live on the BBC, CBC (Canada), RAI (Italy), RTVE (Spain), NHK (Japan), WDR, NDR and Bayerische Rundfunk (Germany), Hungarian Radio Television, Serbian RTE, among others. Alession Bax graduated with top honors at the record age of 14 from the conservatory of his home town, Bari, Italy, under 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 further his studies with Mr. Achúcarro at the Meadows School of the Arts, where he is now on the teaching faculty.