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, not only as a recitalist and chamber musician, but also as a concerto
soloist who has appeared with more than 150 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,
Fabio Luisi, Sir Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov, and Jaap van Zweden.
Bax constantly explores many facets of his career. He released his eleventh Signum
Classics album, Italian Inspirations, whose program was also the vehicle for his solo
recital debut at New York’s 92nd Street Y as well as on tour. He recently embarked
on a trio tour of Spain with violinist Joshua Bell and cellist Steven Isserlis. Bax
and his regular piano duo partner, Lucille Chung, gave recitals at New York’s Lincoln
Center and were featured with the St. Louis Symphony and Stéphane Denève. He has also
presented the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano with cellist Paul Watkins
in New York City.
Next season he will make his debut with the Milwaukee Symphony, performing Brahms’
Second Piano Concerto and will return for the fourth time for two recitals at the
historic Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. This past summer was highlighted by his fifth
season as Artistic Director of Tuscany’s Incontri in Terra di Siena festival as well
as return appearances at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and at the Bravo! Vail
Music Festival with the Dallas Symphony and Fabio Luisi conducting.
Bax revisited Mozart’s K. 491 and K. 595 concertos, as heard on Alessio Bax Plays
Mozart, for his recent debuts with the Boston and Melbourne Symphonies, both with
Sir Andrew Davis, and with the Sydney Symphony, which he led himself from the keyboard.
Other recent highlights include the pianist’s Auckland Philharmonia debut, concerts
in Israel, a Japanese tour featuring dates with the Tokyo Symphony, a U.S. tour with
flutist Emmanuel Pahud and an Asian tour with Daishin Kashimoto. Recent seasons also
saw Bax make his solo recital debut at London’s Wigmore Hall, and give concerts at
L.A.’s Disney Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. In
2009, he was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and four years later he received
both the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award and the Lincoln Center Award for Emerging
Bax’s celebrated Signum Classics discography includes Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier”
and “Moonlight” Sonatas (a Gramophone “Editor’s Choice”); Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto;
Bax & Chung, a duo disc with Lucille Chung; Alessio Bax plays Mozart, recorded with
London’s Southbank Sinfonia; Alessio Bax: Scriabin & Mussorgsky (named “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 2011”). Recorded for
Warner Classics, his Baroque Reflections album was also a Gramophone “Editor’s Choice.”
He performed Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata for Daniel Barenboim in the PBS-TV
documentary Barenboim on Beethoven: Masterclass, available on DVD from EMI.
At age 14, Bax graduated with top honors from the conservatory of Bari, his hometown
in Italy, and after further studies in Europe, he moved to the United States in 1994.
A Steinway artist, he lives in New York City with pianist Lucille Chung and their
daughter, Mila. He was invited to join the piano faculty of Boston’s New England Conservatory
in the fall of 2019.