Alessio Bax – Lucille Chung
The real life marriage of two great concert pianists, Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, has led to one of the leading piano duos of their generation. To cite the UK magazine Music and Arts, “Theirs is a marriage of wondrous colours and dextrous aplomb, subtly balanced to make a musical performance sound as one.”
Pianist Alessio Bax is praised for creating “a ravishing listening experience” with his lyrical playing, insightful interpretations and dazzling facility. First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient,he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, Dallas and Houston symphonies, the NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle. Mr. Bax’s acclaimed discography includes Mozart Piano Concertos K. 491 and K. 595, Alessio Bax Plays Brahms, Rachmaninov: Preludes and Melodies (American Record Guide “Critics’ Choice”), Bach Transcribed and Baroque Reflections (Gramophone “Editor’s Choice”).
Born in Montréal, Canadian pianist Lucille Chung has been acclaimed for her “stylish and refined” performances by Gramophone. First Prize winner of the Stravinsky International Piano Competition, she made her debut at the age of 10 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Charles Dutoit subsequently invited her as soloist on the orchestra’s tour to Asia. Among the more than 65 orchestras with whom she has performed are the Philadelphia Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Flemish Radio Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Israel Chamber Orchestra as well as all the major Canadian orchestras, including the Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and National Arts Centre, led by such esteemed conductors as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Peter Oundjian, and Vladimir Spivakov.
Performing together in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, Bax & Chung have appeared in the United Kingdom, USA, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, as well as in Aruba, Barbados, Canada, China, Cyprus, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Korea, Palestine, Russia, and Switzerland. International festival appearances include Verbier in Switzerland, Vid Djupid in Iceland, the opening concert of the Chungmu Hall in Seoul, Korea, the PauCasals, Castilla y Leon, Denia, Alicante,Torroella de Montgri, and Pamplona InternationalFestivals in Spain, the Felicja BlumentalFestival in Tel Aviv, Lübecker Kammermusikfest and Schloss Elmau in Germany, EurOrchestraPiano Festival in Italy, Ottawa Chamber Festival in Canada, as well as Music@Menlo,Mainly Mozart, Bard, Stony Brook Internationaland Dakota Sky Festivals in the US.
Bax and Chung have recorded the completeworks of György Ligeti for piano four handsand two pianos on the Dynamic label, for whichthey garnered the maximum R10 Classica fromthe French magazine Répertoire and 5 Starsfrom Fono Forum in Germany. In 2006, theyreleased Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animalswith the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestraunder Miguel Harth-Bedoya with Michael Yorkas narrator.
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