Combining exceptional lyricism and insight with consummate technique, Alessio Bax is without a doubt “among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public” (Gramophone). He catapulted to prominence with First Prize wins at both the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions, and is now a familiar face on five continents, as a recitalist, chamber musician and a concerto soloist who has appeared with more than 100 orchestras, including the London, Royal, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras, the Boston, Dallas, Cincinnati, Sydney, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, and the NHK Symphony in Japan, collaborating with such eminent conductors as Marin Alsop, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov, and Jaap van Zweden.
This Fall brings the release of his eleventh Signum Classics album, Italian Inspirations, whose program is also the vehicle for his solo recital debut at New York’s 92nd Street Y. A further debut follows with the Milwaukee Symphony, where he plays Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto. He undertakes Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto and Choral Fantasy with the Santa Barbara Symphony; plays the same composer’s complete works for cello and piano with Paul Watkins, at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and on a forthcoming recording; performs trios in Santiago and Rio de Janeiro with Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto and French horn virtuoso Radovan Vlatković; and embarks on U.S. and European recital tours with superstar violinist Joshua Bell. After headlining the North Carolina Symphony’s season-opening concerts together, Bax and his wife and regular piano partner, Lucille Chung, give duo recitals in New York, New Haven, Atlanta, and Sao Paulo. He rounds out the season with a full summer highlighted by his fourth season as Artistic Director of Tuscany’s Incontri in Terra di Siena festival.
Bax appeared with the Boston and Melbourne Symphonies, both with Sir Andrew Davis, and with the Sydney Symphony, which he led himself from the keyboard. Other 2018-19 highlights include the pianist’s Auckland Philharmonia debut, concerts in Israel, a Japanese tour featuring dates with the Tokyo Symphony, U.S. collaborations with Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Edo de Waart, a high-profile U.S. tour with Berlin Philharmonic principal flutist Emmanuel Pahud, and two solo recitals at Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón. He was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Wolf Chamber Music Award and the Lincoln Center Award.
Bax’s celebrated Signum Classics discography includes Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” and “Moonlight” Sonatas (a Gramophone “Editor’s Choice”); Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto; Bax & Chung; Alessio Bax plays Mozart, recorded with London’s Southbank Sinfonia; Alessio Bax: Scriabin & Mussorgsky (“Recording of the Month and quite possibly of the year” by MusicWeb International); Alessio Bax plays Brahms (a Gramophone “Critics’ Choice”); Bach Transcribed; and Rachmaninov: Preludes & Melodies (an American Record Guide “Critics’ Choice”). On Warner Classics, his Baroque Reflections album was a Gramophone “Editor’s Choice.” He performed Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata for Daniel Barenboim in Barenboim on Beethoven: Masterclass, available on DVD from EMI.
At age 14, Bax graduated from the conservatory of Bari, Italy. He lives in New York City and joins the piano faculty of Boston’s New England Conservatory in fall 2019.
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