2011 Artists

The 2011 Season will feature the following inspiring artists. Please select an artist for bio and repertoire information.

Download the 2011 Program Book here (large download). Contains full program notes, bios, etc.

Paul Sanchez
Delphi Trio
Douglas Humpherys
Igor Lipinskii
Delphi Trio Douglas Humphreys Igor Lipinski
Adam Golka Alessio Bax
Petronel Malan Alessio Bax

Paul Sanchez

Paul Sanchez
Dakota Sky International Piano Festival
Founder & Artistic Director

Paul Sanchez (1982) has performed in solo recital throughout North America and Europe, and in such festivals as the Barcelona Festival of Song and the Festival Internacional de Piano Reynosa, Mexico.

Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Paul started his piano studies at age four. His musical training in Sioux Falls included studies with Ms. Diana Margeson and Dr. Rick Andrews, at Augustana College. Paul graduated summa cum laude from Texas Christian University in 2005, with honors, from the studio of Tamás Ungár. He became the first freshman in the history of the university to win the School of Music’s Piano Concerto Competition and received the prestigious Presser Scholar award during his final year at TCU.

He received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2005 and earned his Master of Spanish Music degree with Ms. Alicia de Larrocha at the Academia Granados-Marshall in Barcelona, Spain, in 2007. In May of 2009, Paul completed his Master of Music degree under Dr. Douglas Humpherys at the Eastman School of Music. He is continuing his studies at the Eastman School as a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

Sanchez is the founder and Executive Director of the annual Dakota Sky International Piano Festival in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, now in its fifth year.


Recital Program
Saturday, July 23rd – 7:30pm

English Suite VI in D minor, BWV 811 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Concerto in D minor, BWV 974 – Alessandro Marcello (1669-1747), trans. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Intermission

Ave Maria d’Arcadelt – Franz Liszt (1811-1866), after Jacques Arcadelt (1505-1568)
Après une lecture de Dante (Fantaisie quasi Sonate), from Années de Pélerinage, Italy – Franz Liszt (1811-1866)

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Delphi Trio

Delphi Trio
http://thedelphitrio.com/

The Delphi Trio is a classical piano trio, dedicated to promoting classical music in a friendly and open chamber music setting. The group seeks to find an original and beautiful sound with an intimate and powerful atmosphere. Works performed range from classical to modern, jazz to folk, and a variety of other types of music.

Based in San Francisco, California, members Jeffrey LaDeur, Liana Bérubé, and Michelle Kwon met while attending school together at the San Francisco Conservatory of music. Currently they reside in the Bay Area, performing and promoting their unique style of chamber music.

Jeffrey LaDeur, Piano
Jeffrey LaDeur enjoys an increasingly busy career as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.He has concertized throughout the United States and Canada including performances in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and as an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Jeffrey won the concerto competition as a freshman, resulting in a performance of Franck’s Variations Symphoniques with the Eastman Philarmonia and Maestro Neil Varon. His recitals have have been broadcast over WFMT Chicago and South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

A passionate chamber musician, Jeffrey is a founding member of the Delphi Trio. Formed while its member were studying in the prestigious chamber music program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, they have concertized throughout the Bay Area and have appeared in recital at the Hochshüle für Musik in Frankfurt, Germany. In addition to his activities with the trio, Jeffrey regularly collaborates with his colleagues and guest artists at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has performed with such artists as Robert Mann, Bonnie Hampton, Ian Swensen and Jodi Levitz. Jeffrey was one of two pianists accepted into the 2010 Taos School of music, a premier chamber music festival led by pianist Robert McDonald and the Borromeo, Brentano and St. Lawrence String quartets.

Jeffrey is also highly sought after as a teacher and chamber music coach. He has worked with solo pianists and chamber music groups at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as a guest artist in masterclass and through private studio teaching. Jeffrey’s teaching philosophy is influenced by the great example of his principal teachers who include Yoshikazu Nagai, Douglas Humpherys and Annie Sherter. This is Jeff’s second summer with Dakota Sky and he is delighted to be back in Sioux Falls.

Michelle Kwon, cello
Bay Area native Michelle Kwon holds B.A. and M.M. degrees in Violoncello Performance from Stanford University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and studied with Christopher Costanza and Jennifer Culp, respectively. A passionate chamber musician, she is a full-time member of the Delphi Trio. She has collaborated with artists such as Issac Perlman, Menahem Pressler, and James Galaway, and has worked with Joel Krosnick, Robert Mann, Russell Sherman, and the St. Lawrence, Alexander, and Julliard String Quartets. Her other chamber music opportunities have included collaborations with folk, pop, jazz, and rock artists such as Kenny Endo and the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, Carlos Santana, Death Cab for Cutie, and John Vanderslice. An equally enthusiastic orchestral player, she recently performed at Carnegie Hall with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, and plays regularly with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, and the Magik*Magik Orchestra of San Francisco. She has worked with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Herbert Blomstedt, and Michael Tilson Thomas, and recently recorded the Kreutzer Concerti with violinist Axel Strauss under the Naxos label. Her other interests include East Asian folk percussion and martial arts.

Liana Bérubé, Violin
Canadian violinist Liana Bérubé’s love of performance began at the ripe old age of six and has since taken her around the world. An alumnus of the studios of David Zafer and Annalee Patipatanakoon at the University of Toronto, Liana completed her Masters of Music in Chamber Music Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying under Axel Strauss.

As an orchestral musician, Liana has played with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Sinfonia Toronto chamber orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra among others; she is currently the principal second violinist of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and of the Monterey Symphony. Liana was a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra from 2006-2008, and was featured as mandolin soloist on the 2006 tour through Asia and Australia. In her parallel life as a non-classical musician, Liana is concertmaster of the Magik*Magik Orchestra in San Francisco, with whom she has played with Sting,
members of Fifth Dimension, members of the Manhattans, members of the Supremes, Chris Botti, John Vanderslice, Third Eye Blind, and many others. She has also appeared in concert with Sarah Slean, Emily Haines of Metric, Barry Manilow, Carlos Santana, and Josh Groban.

Having found her true passion in chamber music, Liana was a founding member of the Cecilia String Quartet until 2006, and is the violinist of the Delphi Trio in San Francisco. A recipient of both the University of Toronto’s Felix Galimir Award for Chamber Music Excellence and the SF Conservatory’s Departmental Award for Chamber Music Excellence, she has participated in multiple chamber music seminars, including the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Meisterkurse, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and the St Lawrence String Quartet Seminar at Stanford. In her life outside of music, Liana is deeply interested in foreign cultures and people, and is committed to using her music to bridge differences in the world.


Recital Program
Monday, July 25th – 7:30pm

Trio, K.548 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in a minor (1914) – Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Intermission

Piano Trio #1 in B, Op.8 – Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

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Douglas Humpherys

Douglas Humpherys

Douglas Humpherys was the Gold Medalist at the inaugural Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. Since then, his performance career has taken him across Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. During recent years, he has performed solo concerts in many of the major cities of Asia, including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Cheng-Du, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xian, Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Tainan, In Europe, he has concertized in the cities of Berlin, Hamburg, Moscow, Novgorod, Prague, Venice, and Dublin, with additional concert engagements in Germany, the Czech Republic, Montenegro, and Serbia. He has presented concerts throughout the United States and Canada, and in the summer of 2008 he traveled to Buenos Aires to perform, teach and adjudicate for Teachers del Norte-Pianists del Sur, a project sponsored in part by the United States Embassy in Argentina.

In high demand as a teacher, he has taught literally hundreds of master classes at universities, conservatories, music academies, and festivals throughout the world. In addition, he has presented lectures to the European Piano Teachers’ Association, the Music Teachers’ National Association, the World Conference on Piano Pedagogy, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.
A frequent adjudicator, he has served on the jury of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition twelve times, and has also adjudicated the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the Rachmaninoff International Young Artists’ Piano Competition in Novgorod, Russia, the Chinese 2005 National Competition in Beijing, the PTNA National Piano Competition in Tokyo, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and the Bösendorfer International Piano Competition. His experience in this regard led him to create and direct the Eastman Young Artists’ International Piano Competition, which is held biennially in Rochester, New York.

Mr. Humpherys completed graduate degrees at the Juilliard School (MM) and the Eastman School of Music (DMA), where he is currently professor of piano, and chair of the piano department. In recent years, he completed appointments as Visiting Professor of Piano at the University of Michigan and at Yonsei University in Korea. In 2010 he was a guest-artist teacher at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and during the summer of 2007 he taught at the Chinese-American International Piano Institute, associated with the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Cheng-Du. He has traveled to the Czech Republic three times as a faculty member of the South Bohemia Summer Music Festival. He has recorded a wide variety of repertoire on compact disc, and has been featured in live broadcasts of performances on affiliates of PBS Television and National Public Radio. Mr. Humpherys is listed on the Artist’s Roster of Steinway and Sons.


Recital Program
Thursday, July 28th – 7:30pm

Sonata in F minor, K. 184 – Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Sonata in C Major, K. 421 – Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Sonata in A minor, D. 784 – Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Allegro giusto
Andante
Allegro vivace
Choral et Variations – Henry Dutilleux (1916-)

Intermission

Adagio in B minor, K. 540 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Sonata in B minor – Franz Liszt (1811-1866)

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Igor Lipinski

Igor Lipinski
www.igorlipinski.com

“Igor is an original. He thrills you on the piano. He mystifies you with magical illusions. And he keeps you laughing with his impudent, charismatic charm.”
Teller (Penn & Teller)

“An amazing oneofakind talent, Igor’s unique combination of music & magic will thrill and excite you and leave you wanting more!”
Harold Weller Conductor Laureate Las Vegas Philharmonic

Igor Lipinski is currently pursuing Masters of Music in Piano Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester where he studies piano under the tutelage of Prof. Douglas Humpherys. At Eastman, Igor works as a teaching assistant for Prof. Tony Caramia and Prof. Vincent Lenti.

In 1998, at the age of 12, Igor received the Grand Prix for Young Pianists at the Paderewski Competition in Kasna Dolna, Poland.

In 2004, he participated in the Paderewski Festival in Buffalo, NY where he was presented the Grand Prix Award in the piano category. At the festival, Igor played a lead role of the young pianist in the theater play “Paderewski’s Children” staged by the University at Buffalo and directed by Kazimierz Braun.

In 2005, he graduated from Paderewski Music High School in Tarnow, Poland where he studied under the direction of Jaroslaw Iwaneczko.

In May of 2008, Igor made his American orchestra debut with Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra playing Paderewski Piano Concerto under the baton of JoAnn Falletta. The performance was featured on NPR’s Performance Today.

In May of 2009, he received his BM in Piano Performance and Musical Arts from Eastman.

Igor performed numerous recitals in Buffalo, Chautauqua, Pittsburgh, Rochester and New York City. Igor’s NY engagements include such venues as: Canisius College, Villa Maria College, Hobart & William Smith College, University of Rochester, Geva Theatre Center, Riviera Theater, Lancaster Opera House, Chautauqua Institution, Memorial Art Gallery, Renaissance House, Grand Hyatt Hotel and Consulate General of the Republic of Poland.

Igor’s second passion is the art of magic. He has given various magic performances throughout Europe, USA and Middle East including 60 shows in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Igor’s development in magic performance is greatly influenced by the meetings with his mentors and extraordinary magicians: Michael Vadini, Salvano and Teller.

Currently, Igor is working on several projects incorporating piano, magic and symphony orchestra. For more information, please visit Igor’s website at: www.igorlipinski.com.


Recital Program
Saturday, July 30th – 7:30pm

An Evening of Music & Magic with Igor Lipinski

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Petronel Malan

Petronel Malan
www.petronelmalan.com

“Formidable…dizzying…magical.” These words from New York reviewer Harris Goldsmith vividly illustrate pianist Petronel Malan’s uniquely captivating style. Indeed, as a multiple Grammy® nominee and gold medalist of several international piano competitions, Ms. Malan continues to enthrall audiences worldwide.

Lauded by reviewers as an unmistakably creative force in the classical music industry, Ms. Malan’s critical acclaim culminated in the nomination of three Grammy® Awards, including “Best Instrumental Solo Album 2004” for her debut disc “Transfigured Bach: The Complete Bach Transcriptions of Bartok, Lipatti and Friedman.” As an exclusive recording artist for the internationally award-winning label Hänssler Classic, 2006 saw the release of “Transfigured Mozart.” Her latest disc in the “Transfigured –“ series is slated for international release in 2007.

In addition to her recording activities, Ms. Malan maintains a full performance schedule as recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician in major venues throughout the world. After her European debut in Rome, in 1987, further highlights have include Carnegie Recital Hall, Salle Cortot (Paris), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Liszt Museum (Budapest), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Bass Hall (Fort Worth), as well as appearances at both Ravinia and Gilmore International Piano Festivals. Petronel Malan has appeared with such orchestras as the St. Petersburg State Academy, Sicilian Chamber, Fort Collins, Elgin and Bellevue Symphonies and the Cape Town and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras, under the batons of Vasily Petrenko, Dmitry Manilov, Yoshimi Takeda, Omri Hadari, Bernhard Gueller, Wolfgang Bothe, James Brooks,Robert Hanson, Don Freund and Fuzao Kajima.

Ms. Malan’s career was launched following five gold medals in 2000 at international piano competitions throughout the United States. These included the Louise McMahon, Missouri Southern, Los Angeles Liszt “Budapest Concert” and Hilton Head International Piano Competitions. In addition, she garnered the grand prize in the 2000 Web Concert Hall Competition and gold medals in both the Grace Welsh Piano Competition and the Entergy Young Artist Award.

Born in South Africa, Petronel Malan began lessons with her mother at age four, continuing with Adolph Hallis, a student of both Matthay and Leschetizky. Having debuted with the Johannesburg Symphony at age ten and subsequently winning all major national competitions in her native country, Ms. Malan moved to the United States to further her studies. Following a degree at Michigan State University, Petronel Malan completed her graduate work at the University of North Texas. Her teachers have included Steven de Groote, Ralph Votapek and Joseph Banowetz.

Although a permanent resident of the United States, Ms. Malan continues her strong ties to her native South Africa. In 2003, she received the “Rapport/City Press Prestige Award” as one of the “10 Most Inspirational Women in South Africa.” A popular celebrity in her home country, she has appeared on magazine covers and features, as well as a picture-clue in crossword puzzles. Apart from a love for vintage gowns, Ms. Malan’s stage wardrobe is designed by foremost South African designers such as Henja Schaap and Hip Hop Clothing. A frequent speaker and promoter for classical music in schools, music scholarships in her name are awarded annually to promising young South African musicians.

Ms. Malan is a Blüthner Concert Artist, and uses these instruments exclusively for her recordings. For more information, please visit www.petronelmalan.com.


Recital Program
Monday, August 1st – 7:30pm

Rondo in D Major, K. 485 – W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)
“My heart ever faithful” from Cantata no. 68 – J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750) / Ignaz Friedman (1882 – 1948)
“Boureé” from Partita for Solo Violin, BWV 1002 – J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750) / Ignaz Friedman (1882 – 1948)
“Romance” from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525 – W. A. Mozart (1756 – 1791) / Ignaz Friedman (1882 – 1948)
Eccosaises, WoO. 83 – L. v. Beethoven (1770 – 1827) / Ignaz Friedman (1882 – 1948)
16 Waltzes, Op. 39 – Johannes Brahms (1830 – 1897)
Moments Musicaux, Op. 16 – Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)
1. Andantino
3. Andante Cantabile
4. Presto

Intermission

Amidst the din of the ball, Op. 38 no. 3 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893) / transcribed by Isaac Mikhnovsky (1914 – 1978)
Wait, 16 no. 2
Serenade: Oh, Children Op. 63 no. 6
We sat together, Op. 73, no. 1
I opened the window Op. 63 no. 2
Whether the day dawns Op. 47 no. 6
Hungarian Rhapsody no. 19 – Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886) (Arranged by Ferruccio Busoni)

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Adam Golka

Adam Golka
www.adamgolka.com

22-year-old pianist Adam Golka is the winner of two of America’s most prestigious musical awards: the 2008 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and most recently the 2009 Max I. Allen Classical Fellowship Award of the American Pianists Association.

Golka has performed nearly 300 concerts since he took the first prize in the 2nd China Shanghai International Piano Competition at age 16 in 2003. His extensive concerto appearances have included playing as soloist with such exceptional orchestras as the Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Phoenix, San Diego, Fort Worth, Syracuse and Grand Rapids Symphonies, in the United States, as well as the BBC Scottish Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic, Orchestre Poitou-Charentes, Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco (Guadalajara), and Sinfonia Varsovia. He has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Donald Runnicles and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, who have regularly re-engaged Adam in the past few seasons, as well as Pinchas Zukerman, Michael Christie, Andreas Delfs, Edwin Outwater, David Lockington, Daniel Hege, Julian Kuerti, Michael Morgan, Timothy Muffitt, and his brother, conductor Tomasz Golka.

Golka’s solo and chamber music appearances have taken him to famous venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) in New York, Musashino Hall in Tokyo, Nakanoshima Hall in Osaka, the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, and prestigious festivals such as the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Ravinia Festival, Music@Menlo, the New York City International Keyboard Festival at Mannes, the Newport Music Festival, and the Duszniki Chopin festival. In 2006, Adam gave his first performance of the cycle of Beethoven’s complete 32 piano sonatas; he continues to devote much time to working on these sonatas and plans to renew his interpretations of the cycle throughout his career.

Adam will be making his Isaac Stern Auditorium Debut at Carnegie Hall next March playing Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony. Other highlights of Adam’s 2009-2010 season include concertos of Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Ravel with the Warsaw Philharmonic and the Indianapolis, Knoxville, West Virginia, Wichita, Silicon Valley, and Pensacola Symphonies, as well as the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Throughout the 09-10 season, Adam will also be premiering esteemed American composer Richard Danielpour’s “Piano Fantasy” (2008), commissioned by the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival for Adam.

A 1st generation American, Golka owes his unique background to his parents, Polish musicians who fled Communist-controlled Poland in the 1980’s in search of a better life. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Golka moved to Fort Worth, Texas, when he was 15 years-old, in order to pursue devoted studies with his much admired teacher and mentor, Jose Feghali. While studying with Mr. Feghali, Adam completed an Artist Diploma in Piano at Texas Christian University. Currently, Adam resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he is studying with the legendary Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute. Adam previously worked with Maestro Fleisher at a special workshop devoted to Beethoven’s Sonatas at Carnegie Hall, and at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia, which he participated in for two summers.

Adam’s previous teachers include Dariusz Pawlas, in Houston, as well as his mother and first teacher, Anna Golka. He also regards with great importance lessons he has received from incredible artists such as Claude and Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Gilbert Kalish, Jon Kimura Parker, Menahem Pressler, and John Shirley-Quirk, among others.


Recital Program
Thursday, August 4th – 7:30pm

3 Intermezzi, Op. 117 – Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, op. 19 – Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
with Maxim Kozlov, cello

Intermisison

Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, op. 106 ‘Hammerklavier’ – Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

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Alessio Bax

Alessio Bax
www.alessiobax.com

Winner of the 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Alessio Bax is praised for his lyrical playing and insightful interpretations. Since taking first prizes at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan and the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, Bax has won audiences across the globe. For his recent CD, “Bach Transcribed,” Gramophone magazine lauded his “stylistic perception and palette of tone-colours … together with a level of technical control that gives new meaning to the word ‘awesome.'”

Alessio Bax’s extensive concerto repertoire has led to appearances with over 80 orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Houston Symphony, Rome Symphony, Hungarian Symphony, NHK Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, and New Japan Philharmonic. He has worked with a number of esteemed conductors such as Marin Alsop, Alexander Dimitriev, Jonathan Nott, Vernon Handley, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Ken-ichiro Kobayashi, Dimitry Sitkovetsky and Sir Simon Rattle.

Bax’s festival appearances include London’s International Piano Series (Queen Elizabeth Hall), the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, England’s Aldeburgh and Bath festivals, the Ruhr Klavierfestival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, BeethovenFest, and Musikfestspiele Saar in Germany. He has performed in recital at music halls in Rome, Milan, Madrid, Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, New York, Washington DC, and Mexico City. Also an active chamber musician, he has collaborated with Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Andrés Diaz and Nobuko Imai, among others. He joins Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two residency program for outstanding artists for three seasons beginning in 2009-10.

His 2004 recording for Warner Classics, Baroque Reflections, received rave reviews and was selected as “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone magazine. In 2003, Bax and Lucille Chung recorded the complete works for two pianos and piano-for-four-hands of György Ligeti on Dynamic Records. In 2005, they recorded Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals with conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded the complete works for piano and organ of Marcel Dupré on Naxos, and Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, live with the New Japan Philharmonic, for Fontec. Also on Fontec, Bax released a live recording of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Hamamatsu Symphony Orchestra. Bax’s latest recording, Bach Transcribed, was released by Signum Records in the fall of 2009.

In 2005, Alessio Bax was selected to play the Fugue of Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata for Maestro Daniel Barenboim in Barenboim on Beethoven. The documentary was produced by Channel 13/PBS, in conjunction with Bel Air Media, BBC, and NHK Japan. It was broadcast worldwide and released as a DVD box set in 2006 on the EMI label. His performances are often broadcast live on the BBC, CBC (Canada), RAI (Italy), RTVE (Spain), NHK (Japan), WDR, NDR and Bayerische Rundfunk (Germany), Hungarian Radio Television, Serbian RTE, among others. His September recital in Mexico City was cited as a “Best Performance of 2009” by Iván Martinez in L’Orfeo: Música Clásica Hoy.

Alessio Bax graduated with top honors at the record age of 14 from the conservatory of his home town, Bari, Italy. He studied in France with François-Joël Thiollier, and attended the Chigiana Academy in Siena under Joaquín Achúcarro. He moved to Dallas in 1994 to continue his studies with Achúcarro at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. He is now on the teaching faculty there. He and his wife, pianist Lucille Chung, reside in New York City.


Recital Program
Saturday, August 6th – 7:30pm

Four Ballades, Op. 10 – Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Liebesleid – Liebesfreud – Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962), arranged by Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

Intermission

Selections from Preludes – Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3, #2
Prelude in G-flat Major, Op. 23, #10
Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, #5
Prelude in G-sharp minor, Op. 32, #12
Prelude in B-flat Major, Op. 23, #2
Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Vol. I, Op. 35 – Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

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