Alessio Bax graduated with top honors at the record age of 14 from the conservatory of his hometown, Bari, Italy. “His playing quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity,” says Gramophone magazine, leading to what Dallas Morning News calls “an out-of-body experience.” 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 more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, the Dallas and Houston Symphonies, the NHK Symphony in Japan, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle. He has thrilled audiences across the U.S. (e.g., in Carnegie Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center) and partnered with violinist Joshua Bell for over thirty concerts in Europe and North and South America, receiving rave reviews. He appears frequently at prestigious music festivals, e.g., the Beethovenfest in Bonn, Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and our own Music@Menlo. His recordings have twice been Gramophone’s “Editor’s Choice,” as well as winning the Critics’ Choice award of American Record Guide.