Alessio Bax, piano
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, the Dallas and Houston symphonies, the NHK Symphony in Japan, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle.
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. His international festival appearances include London's International Piano Series (Queen Elizabeth Hall); the Verbier Festival in Switzerland; England's Aldeburgh and Bath festivals; and the Ruhr Klavier-Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, and Schloss Elmau in Germany. He has also appeared multiple times at such U.S. festivals as Bravo! Vail, Bard Music Festival, and Music@Menlo, and has given recitals in major music halls around the world, including Rome, Milan, Madrid, Mexico City, Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, New York, and Washington, DC. An active chamber musician, Bax has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Sol Gabetta, Steven Isserlis, and Joerg Widmann, among others.
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 Francois-Joel Thiollier and attended the Chigiana Academy in Siena under Joaquin Achucarro. In 1994 he moved to Dallas to continue his studies with Achucarro 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.