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Bax’s celebrated discography for Signum Classics includes Beethoven’s 'Hammerklavier' and 'Moonlight' Sonatas (a Gramophone 'Editor’s Choice' and one of the magazine’s 'Top Ten recent Beethoven recordings'); Bax & Chung, a duo disc with Lucille Chung, presenting Stravinsky’s original four-hand version of the ballet Pétrouchka as well as music by Brahms and Piazzolla; Alessio Bax plays Mozart, comprising Piano Concertos K491 and K595 with London’s Southbank Sinfonia led by Simon Over; Alessio Bax plays Brahms (Gramophone 'Critic’s Choice' and Pianist 'Editor’s Choice'); Rachmaninov's Preludes and Melodies (American Record Guide 'Critics’ Choice 2011'); and Bach Transcribed; and for Warner Classics, 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. His performances have been broadcast live on the BBC (UK); CBC (Canada); RAI (Italy); RTVE (Spain); NHK (Japan); WDR, NDR, and Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany); American Public Media’s 'Performance Today'; WQXR (New York); WGBH (Boston); WETA (Washington, DC); and Sirius-XM satellite radio, among many others.
Hailed by International Piano as 'a pianist of refreshing depth', Bax’s extensive concerto repertoire has led to performances with such esteemed conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Marin Alsop, Sergiu Commisiona, Vernon Handley, Pietari Inkinen, Hannu Lintu, Andrew Litton, Jonathan Nott, Vasily Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Alexander Shelley, Yuri Temirkanov, and Jaap van Zweden. Besides giving concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, LA’s Disney Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, and New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, he has appeared at international festivals including London’s International Piano Series; the Verbier Festival in Switzerland; the Risør Festival in Norway; England’s Aldeburgh and Bath festivals; and the Ruhr Klavier-Festival and Beethovenfest Bonn in Germany. He has also appeared many times at such U.S. festivals as Bravo! Vail, Bard Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Great Lakes Festival, and Music@Menlo, and has given recitals in major music halls around the world, including in Rome, Milan, Madrid, Mexico City, Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, New York, and Washington, DC.
An accomplished chamber musician, Bax has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Sol Gabetta, Steven Isserlis, Nicholas Phan, Paul Watkins, and Jörg Widmann, among others, besides touring with Joshua Bell in Europe, Asia, and North and South America; Berlin Philharmonic Concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto in Asia; and regularly with Lucille Chung. In 2013, he received the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award and Lincoln Center’s Martin E Segal Award, which recognizes young artists of exceptional accomplishment.
Bax graduated with top honours at the record age of 14 from the conservatory of his hometown in Bari, Italy, where his teacher was Angela Montemurro. He studied in France with François-Joël Thiollier and attended the Chigiana Academy in Siena under Joaquín Achúcarro. In 1994 he moved to Dallas to continue his studies with Achúcarro at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, where, with Lucille Chung, he is now the Johnson-Prothro Artist-in-Residence. He also serves with Chung as co-artistic director of Dallas’s Joaquín Achúcarro Foundation, created to cultivate the legacy of the Basque pianist and to support young pianists’ careers.
Alessio Bax’s antecedents are Dutch, German, Belgian, and British, and include English composer Sir Arnold Bax. A Steinway artist, and an avid blogger (Have Piano, Will Travel), tweeter (@alessiobaxpiano), and self-professed food, photography and AAdvantage Miles addict, he lives in New York City with his wife, pianist Lucille Chung, and their young daughter.