Pianist Alessio Bax – a First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient – has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras worldwide, including the London Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, NHK Symphony in Japan,St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle. Recent highlights include a Minnesota Orchestra debut under Andrew Litton; a return to U.S.'s Bravo! Vail, with the Dallas Symphony and Jaap van Zweden; performances with London’s Southbank Sinfonia and Vladimir Ashkenazy; a recital tour of South America including three concerts at the famed Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires; tours of Asia with both Joshua Bell and Daishin Kashimoto; concerts with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York and on tour; and a solo recital at the Cliburn Concerts series in Fort Worth. Among festival appearances are England’s International Piano Series and the Aldeburgh and Bath festivals, Switzerland’s Verbier, the Risør Festival in Norway, Germany’s Ruhr Klavier-Festival and Beethovenfest, and the U.S.’s Music@Menlo and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Bax’s acclaimed discography includes a Mussorgsky and Scriabin solo disc; Lullabies for Mila, a collection dedicated to his baby daughter; Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” and “Moonlight” Sonatas (Gramophone “Editor’s Choice”); Bax & Chung, featuring Stravinsky’s four-hand Pétrouchka; Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 491 and K. 595; Alessio Bax plays Brahms (Gramophone “Critics’ Choice”); Rachmaninov: Preludes & Melodies (American Record Guide “Critics’ Choice”); Bach Transcribed; and Baroque Reflections (Gramophone “Editor’s Choice”). At age 14, he graduated with top honors from the conservatory of Bari, his hometown in Italy, and after further studies in Europe he moved to the U.S. in 1994. A Steinway artist, he resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Lucille Chung, and their daughter.