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Guest Artists 2019


Alessio Bax

Piano

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 four continents, not only as a recitalist and chamber musician, but as a concerto soloist who has appeared with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Dallas and Cincinnati Symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle.

This season, Bax makes his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut playing Mozart’s C-minor concerto (K.491) under Sir Andrew Davis. He and the conductor reprise the same work for his Melbourne Symphony debut, on a spring tour of Australia and New Zealand that also sees the pianist lead Mozart’s B-flat major concerto (K.595) from the keyboard in his first performances with the Sydney Symphony, make his Auckland Philharmonia debut playing Grieg, and give a series of solo recitals. Other upcoming engagements include a Japanese tour featuring dates with the Tokyo Symphony, concerts in Israel, and numerous U.S. concerto collaborations. He rounds out the season with a full summer of festivals, highlighted by his debut at France’s International Chamber Music Festival of Salon-de-Provence and his return to Tuscany’s Incontri in Terra di Siena festival, where he serves as Artistic Director. 

Last season, Bax undertook duo recital tours with Joshua Bell and Emmanuel Pahud; gave solo recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall and the Leeds Piano Festival; returned to Hong Kong; and performed concertos by Gershwin, Rachmaninov, Grieg, and Schumann with orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra, North Carolina Philharmonic, and Armenian Philharmonic. In 2016-17, he stepped in to play Brahms’s Second with the Cincinnati Symphony, in what proved “the most exciting debut in recent memory” (Cincinnati Enquirer), and made three Wigmore Hall appearances including his solo recital debut, which aired live on BBC Radio 3. Other highlights of recent seasons include Rachmaninov with London’s Southbank Sinfonia and Vladimir Ashkenazy; his Minnesota Orchestra debut under Andrew Litton; a return to the Dallas Symphony for Barber under Jaap van Zweden, named one of the top ten concerts of 2013 (Dallas Morning News); season-opening appearances with the Colorado Symphony; and concerts at L.A.’s Disney Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2009, the pianist was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and four years later he received both the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award and Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, which recognizes young artists of exceptional accomplishment.

Bax’s acclaimed discography for Signum Classics includes Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto with the Southbank Sinfonia; the same composer’s “Hammerklavier” and “Moonlight” Sonatas (a Gramophone “Editor’s Choice”); a solo album of Mussorgsky and Scriabin; Bax & Chung (Stravinsky, Brahms, and Piazzolla); Alessio Bax plays Mozart (Piano Concertos K. 491 and K. 595); 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.”

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.

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