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, Japan’s NHK Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Recent highlights include a Minnesota Orchestra debut under Andrew Litton; a return to Bravo! Vail with the Dallas Symphony and Jaap van Zweden; performances with London’s Southbank Sinfonia and Vladimir Ashkenazy; and a recital tour of South America including three concerts at the famed Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Among his festival appearances are England’s International Piano Series and the Aldeburgh and Bath festivals, Switzerland’s Verbier Festival, the Risør Festival in Norway, Germany’s Ruhr Klavier-Festival and Beethovenfest, the U.S.’s Music@Menlo and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Italy’s Incontri in Terra di Siena Festival, where he was recently appointed Artistic Director for a three-year term. Mr. 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”); and Bax & Chung, featuring Stravinsky’s four-hand Pétrouchka. 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 and a former member of Chamber Music Society Two, he resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Lucille Chung, and their daughter.