Pianist Alessio Bax, First Prize-winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions, is a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient. He has appeared as soloist with over 90 orchestras worldwide, including the London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, Houston Symphony, NHK Symphony in Japan, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle. Recent and upcoming highlights include performances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Moscow and St. Petersburg under Yuri Temirkanov, Dallas Symphony under Jaap van Zweden, concerts at the 92nd Street Y, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Washington’s Kennedy Center, and Atlanta’s Spivey Hall. Mr. Bax’s acclaimed discography includes Alessio Bax Plays Brahms (fall 2012), Rachmaninov: Preludes and Melodies (American Record Guide “Critics’ Choice”), Bach Transcribed and Baroque Reflections (Gramophone “Editor's Choice”). A native of Bari, Italy, he resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Lucille Chung.