By the time he was just 14 years old, pianist Alessio Bax had graduated with top honors from the music conservatory in his home town of Bari, Italy. By age 16, he had moved to America, going on to win first prize at both the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions. In 2009, he received an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and this year, the 2013 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award. Now married to pianist Lucille Chung, Alessio concertizes around the world, in addition to teaching at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas.
Monday night, March 18th at 9:00 pm , Classical WETA's Front Row Washington presents Alessio Bax in recital, recorded last Fall at the Dumbarton Oaks Museum. He performs Brahms’ 4 Ballades, Op. 10, as well as preludes by Rachmaninoff, and Book 1 of Brahms’ excruciatingly difficult “Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35.”
Producer and music host Deborah Lamberton spoke with Mr. Bax about his first love (organ!) and about his most recent album, “Alessio Bax Plays Brahms,” on the Signum Classics label. They discuss the 4 Ballades, Op. 10, as well as Book 2 of Brahms' Paganini Variations.