Alessio Bax Returns to perform as a soloist on October 30, 2012 instead of as originally planned with his wife, concert artist, Lucille Chung.
She will be joining him May 2 at the Anderson Center in lieu of this October 30 date due to the hurricane, Sandy, that cancelled all flights where she was located, in NYC. Following a concert in Washington D.C., Mr. Bax, at the last minute, flew to Cincinnati and produced an exhilarating program of Russian music by composers Rachmaninoff, Kreisler, and Mussorgsky. Following his outstanding performance the audience jumped to their feet with shouts of 'bravo' and wanted more. His response was an inspiring encore.
He 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 90 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.
This season, Alessio Bax returns as soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Temirkanov for the opening concert of the St. Petersburg Winter Festival, and collaborates with Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen in Denmark. He performs solo recitals in New York City at Rockefeller University, at Boston Conservatory’s Piano Masters Series, at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., at the Chopin Society in Saint Paul, and at Spivey Hall in Atlanta, as well as in Venezuela, South Korea and Japan.
Bax makes his Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall with cellist Sol Gabetta, with whom he appeared last season at the Kennedy Center. He also returns to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and tours with violinist Chee-Yun as well as his frequent duo partner, pianist Lucille Chung.
October marks the release of “Alessio Bax Plays Brahms” on the Signum Records label, featuring the four Ballades, Op. 10, Klavierstücke, Op. 76 and both books of the Paganini Variations, Op. 35.
Highlights of Bax’s recent seasons include appearances with the Dallas Symphony under Jaap van Zweden and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the UK, debuts at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the 92nd Street Y, and performances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where he recently completed three seasons as a member of CMS Two.
Alessio Bax returns to Cincinnati in a solo and duet performance with Lucille Chung after participating this summer in nine different festivals in the U.S. and Spain, including first appearances at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, and a return to the Bard Music Festival. He performed and recorded Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 491 and K. 595 with the Southbank Sinfonia in London for release by Signum Records in 2013.
In 2005, Bax and pianist Lucille Chung recorded Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals with conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. They have also recorded the complete works for two pianos and piano four hands of György Ligeti on Dynamic Records.
Alessio Bax graduated with top honors at the record age of 14 from the conservatory of his hometown in Bari, Italy. He studied in France with François-Joël Thiollier and attended the Chigiana Academy in Siena under Joaquín Achúcarro. He moved to Dallas in 1994 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. Alessio Bax is a Steinway artist.
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