Andrew Kwan Artists Management

BAX & CHUNG

PIANO DUO

 

 

"Their rapport, colouration, simultaneous chording and transparency of textures is remarkable, and the whole thing has a joyous feeling of delight in youthful virtuosity.”

- MUSICAL POINTERS, UK

REVIEWS

“Theirs is a marriage of wondrous colours and dextrous aplomb, subtly balanced to make the musical performance sound as one.”

- MUSIC AND ARTS, UK

 

“Good things come in pairs... Pianists of great sensitivity, Bax and Chung are equally matched in virtuosity and temperament -- a fact that became abundantly clear in the first movement's playful cadenza.”

- FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM

 

“Their rapport, colouration, simultaneous chording and transparency of textures is remarkable, and the whole thing has a joyous feeling of delight in youthful virtuosity.”

- MUSICAL POINTERS, UK

 

“…perhaps the purely musical highlight of the evening: a huge dynamic range, unity of concentration, a carefully paced climb to the climax of the Romance and powerful swirls of sound in the Tarantella united in a lucid and deeply moving musical experience.”

- AMERICAM RECORD GUIDE (
for Ottawa Chamber Music Festival)

 

“One of the best things you can say about a piano duo is "they play as one," and these two certainly did. They opened with quite a splash, the late Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski's two-piano Variations on a Theme of Paganini. ..Next up was Stravinsky's original piano four-hands version of the complete Petrushka … All this was played with great panache, the Petrushka scenes vividly characterized.”

- DALLAS MORNING NEWS

 

“Lucille Chung, with Alessio Bax an admirable partner, responds with both vigour and refinement to these brilliantly conceived pieces, with excellent character and presence, and the recording offers a splendidly lifelike introduction to the music.”

- GRAMOPHONE

 

“One has to say that whoever put these players together knew what he or she was doing. “

-INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW, UK

 

BIOGRAPHY

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.” In 2015, they were named Johnson-Prothro Artists-in-Residence at SMU Meadows School of the Arts.

 

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. Bax’s acclaimed discography for Signum Classics includes Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” and “Moonlight” Sonatas (Gramophone “Editor’s Choice”), Alessio Bax plays Mozart (Piano Concertos K. 491 and K. 595), Alessio Bax plays Brahms (Gramophone “Critic’s Choice”), Rachmaninov: Preludes and Melodies (American Record Guide “Critics’ Choice 2011”), and Bach Transcribed; and for Warner Classics, 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 Pau Casals, Castilla y Leon, Denia, Alicante, Torroella de Montgri, and Pamplona International Festivals in Spain, the Felicja Blumental Festival in Tel Aviv, Lübecker Kammermusikfest and Schloss Elmau in Germany, EurOrchestra Piano Festival in Italy, Ottawa Chamber Festival in Canada, as well as Music@Menlo, Mainly Mozart, Bard, Stony Brook International and Dakota Sky Festivals in the US. This season they appear in recital in New York, St. Paul, Cincinnati, Washington, Dallas, Toronto, Montreal, Spain and Hong Kong.

 

November 2013 marked the release of Bax & Chung, their first duo album for Signum Classics. The disc includes Stravinsky’s original four-hand version of the ballet Petrouchka, with waltzes and tangos by Brahms and Piazzolla. Bax and Chung have recorded the complete works of György Ligeti for piano four hands and two pianos on the Dynamic label, for which they garnered the maximum R10 Classica from the French magazine Répertoire and 5 Stars from Fono Forum in Germany. In 2006, they released Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under Miguel Harth-Bedoya with Michael York as narrator. The duo's newest album, Poulenc: Works for Piano Solo and Duo was released in June 2016 on the Signum label to great acclaim.

 

October 2016

PHOTOS

Photography

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

 

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PREFERRED CONCERTO LIST
2015-18

John Adams

Grand Pianola Music (2 pf, ww, br, perc, 3 fvv)

 

J.S. Bach

Concerto BWV 1062 for 2 Pianos

 

Bartók

Concerto for 2 Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra

 

Mozart

Double Piano Concerto K. 365

 

Poulenc

Concerto in d minor

 

Saint-Saëns

Carnival of the Animals

 

Recital repertoire available upon request

Master classes and workshops available

Other concerti available upon request

DISCOGRAPHY

Bax & Chung: Stravinsky, Brahms, Piazzolla

Signum Classics label SIGCD365

 

LIGETI - Works for piano, two pianos and piano four hands

Dynamic CDS 434

 

Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals

FWSO Label

 

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