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First Prize winner in the universally acknowledged Leeds International Pianoforte Competition in September 2000, Alessio Bax is already established as an accomplished performer throughout the world. His winning performance in Leeds of Brahms Piano Concerto no. 1 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle touched audience and jury alike.
In 1997, when he was not yet twenty, Bax was unanimously awarded the First Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, Japan, which started his well recognized career in that country and made Japan a very frequent destination in his tours.
Since winning Leeds, Bax has performed in recital in London's International Piano Series (Queen Elizabeth Hall) as well as in Hanover, Munich (Herkulessaal), Paris, Tokyo (Kioi Hall) and with the Houston Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Alessio Bax has performed an extensive concerto repertoire with orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philhamonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille, Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony and New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. He has worked with a number of esteemed conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Vernon Handley, Petr Altrichter, Owain Arwel Hughes, Sergiu Commissiona, Marin Alsop, Norichika Iimori and Ken-ichiro Kobayashi. Recent engagements include performances in the Bath, Harrogate, Ruhr Klavier Festivals and the Snape Malting Proms in Aldeburgh as well as concerts with the London Philharmonic (Royal Festival Hall), Houston Symphony, Tokyo Symphony (Suntory Hall) and Nashville Symphony orchestras in addition to major Spanish and Italian orchestras and numerous recitals around the world including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, New York, Madrid, Rome, Milan and London.
Highlights for upcoming seasons include return performances with Marin Alsop and the London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall, a return engagement for Milan’s Serate Musicali, as well as recitals and concerto performances in major music centres in Italy, Spain and the UK.
In September 2004 he will tour Japan with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, as well as in recitals.
Bax graduated at the record age of fourteen from the Conservatory of Bari, in his native Italy, with top honours. He studied with Angela Montemurro in Italy and Francois-Joel Thiollier in France. For four consecutive years , he attended the prestigious Chigiana Academy in Siena, from whom he received an Honours Diploma. Soon after graduating from the Conservatory in Bari, he gained a scholarship to study with the Spanish maestro, Joaquín Achúcarro, at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Bax has since obtained an Artist Certificate and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the same university and is now on the teaching faculty of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
Bax has recorded the complete piano and organ works of Marcel Dupré with Stefan Engels (Naxos). His Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with the New Japan Philharmonic recorded live at the Hamamatsu competition finals was released in 1997 (Fontec). His second release for Fontec was a live recording of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Hamamatsu Symphony Orchestra. His last release includes the works for two pianos and piano four hands of Gyorgy Ligeti, recorded with Lucille Chung for Dynamic.
He has recently recorded his first recital CD for the prestigious label Warner Classics at the Snape Maltings Hall in the UK, which will be released in the Fall of 2004