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The real life marriage of two great concert pianists, Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, has led to one of the best piano duos of their generation. To cite from Music and Arts, UK magazine, “Theirs is a marriage of wondrous colours and dextrous aplomb, subtly balanced to make a musical performance sound as one.”
A musical love story, Bax and Chung first met at the 1997 Hamamatsu Competition. In 2003, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival had the brilliant idea to have them perform as a piano duo at the National Arts Centre for their Piano Extravaganza, where their performance was hailed as “a lucid and deeply moving musical experience” (American Record Guide). Since then, the two-piano and piano-four-hand format has become an important addition to both of their solo careers and the duo has appeared with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Strumentale di Prato, Irving Symphony Orchestra, South Dakota Symphony, New Philharmonic Orchestra, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, and EurOrchestra di Bari among others.
Performing together on many of the world’s most prestigious platforms, Bax & Chung have appeared in the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Iceland, Russia, Israel, Palestine, Cyprus, Korea, China, Barbados, Aruba, Guatemala, USA and Canada. Festival appearances include the Verbier Festival 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, Bravissimo Festival in Guatemala, Aruba International Piano Festival, Music@Menlo, Mainly Mozart, Bard, Stony Brook International and Dakota Sky Festivals in the US. Recently, Bax & Chung were also selected by touring organizations Prairie Debut and Debut Atlantic. This season, they will tour throughout Ontario and the US as well as internationally.
Recording the complete works of György Ligeti for piano four hands as well as two pianos on the Dynamic label, The Bax & Chung Duo was 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 and Michael York as narrator. This season, Bax & Chung released their much anticipated self-titled duo album on the Signum Classics recording label. In addition to their recordings, the duo’s live broadcast performances on CBC radio Canada have established them as one of the most dynamic Canadian piano duos of their generation.
Committed educators at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and co-artistic directors of the Joaquín Achúcarro Foundation, each year, Bax & Chung organize master classes and promote recitals for young artists in Spain and the USA with the help of the Spanish Embassy and local consulates. In addition, the duo gives master classes in reputable institutions such as New York University, the International Keyboard Festival at Mannes, Cornell University, University of Kansas in Wichita, Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University, to name a few. They also serve together on several juries for international piano competitions in North and South America.
Connecting with audiences as a powerful duo couple, Bax & Chung are a perfect combination of balance, unity and individual personalities.
“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
“One has to say that whoever put these players together knew what he or she was doing. “
-INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW, UK
“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)
“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.”
“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.”
Adams Grand Pianola Music (2 pianos, winds, percussion, 3 voices) 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
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