Adjunct Assistant Professor, Piano
Pianist Alessio Bax is praised for creating “a ravishing listening experience” with his lyrical playing, insightful interpretations and dazzling facility. 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 90 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, 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.
During the 2013-14 season, Bax returns to the Dallas Symphony under Jaap van Zweden at Bravo! Vail and in Dallas, and to the UK’s Southbank Sinfonia, with whom he recorded a pair of Mozart piano concertos. He also appears with conductor Hannu Lintu in Finland, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under Hans Graf, the Berkeley Symphony, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and as concerto soloist at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. Recipient of Lincoln Center’s 2013 Martin E. Segal Award and the 2013 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, he tours South America with violinist Joshua Bell, and returns to Lincoln Center for Chamber Music Society concerts, a Great Performers duo recital with pianist Lucille Chung and a solo recital in a new Chamber Music Society series, in addition to solo recitals in Dallas and Tokyo. Bax and Chung also perform together in Washington, D.C., and Hong Kong, and various cities in Canada.
Fall marks the release of a dance-themed duo disc with Chung, presenting Stravinsky’s original four-hand version of the ballet Petrouchka along with Brahms waltzes and Piazzolla tangos. 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”); and Bach Transcribed. For Warner Classics, Bax recorded Baroque Reflections (Gramophone “Editor’s Choice”). He performed Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata for maestro Daniel Barenboim in the PBS-TV documentary Barenboim on Beethoven: Masterclass, available as a DVD box set on the EMI label.
International festival appearances have encompassed London's International Piano Series (Queen Elizabeth Hall); Verbier in Switzerland; England's Aldeburgh and Bath festivals; the Ruhr Klavier-Festival; Beethovenfest Bonn; and Schloss Elmau in Germany. He has performed recitals in major music halls around the world, in such cities as Rome, Madrid, Mexico City, Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong and New York.
At age 14, Bax graduated with top honors from the conservatory of his hometown, Bari, Italy, and, after further studies in Europe, moved to Dallas in 1994 to study with Joaquín Achúcarro at the Meadows School of the Arts. A Steinway artist, he resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Lucille Chung.