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World-renowned pianist, Alessio Bax, performs Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.3 with the KSO

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Learn more about pianist, Alessio Bax, and the Symphony No.2 by Charles Ives in this conversation with Bax and Maestro Aram Demirjian. Bax performs with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra on November 16 and 17 at 7:30pm.

The career of Italian pianist, Alessio Bax, was launched when, at the age of 19, he won the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition and then the Leeds International Piano Competition at the age of 23. He was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for two seasons and also received the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009. Bax has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the list goes on and on. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with Emmanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Emmanuel Pahud, and many others. As a soloist, he has performed at major venues around the world, and has ten recordings to his name, in addition to several releases with his wife, Lucille Chung, with whom he performs music for piano duo.

Bax performs the Piano Concerto No.3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) on Thursday, November 16 and Friday, November 17, both at 7:30pm. Also on the program is the Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein and the Symphony No.2 by Charles Ives, which Maestro Aram Demirjian has described as "the musical embodiment of apple pie and cider." This concert is part of the MoxCar Marketing and Communications Masterworks series and will be given, as usual, in the magnificent Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville.

KSO resident conductor, James Fellenbaum, will be stepping in to conduct this performance to give Maestro Demirjian time to be with the newest addition to his family. Tickets and additional information at https://knoxvillesymphony.com/

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.