Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 7:30pm
Herbst TheatreVenue Information
POULENC: Sonata for Flute & Piano, FP 164
SCHUBERT: Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821
SCHUMANN: Fantasiestucke, Op. 73
MENDELSSOHN: Sonata in F Major (1838) Originally for Violin
About This Performance
Emmanuel Pahud and pianist Alessio Bax, will explore works originally written for other instruments, highlighting how the flute can bring out new facets of familiar music including music by Mozart, Schubert, Bach and Mendelssohn.
Swiss-and-French flautist Emmanuel Pahud began studying music at the age of six. He graduated in 1990 with the Premier Prix from the Paris Conservatoire, and went on studying with Aurèle Nicolet. He won 1st Prize at the Duino, Kobe and Geneva Competitions, and at age 22 Emmanuel joined the Berliner Philharmoniker as Principal Flute under Claudio Abbado, a position which he still holds today. In addition, he enjoys an extensive international career as soloist and chamber musician.
Pahud appears regularly at leading concert series, festivals and orchestras worldwide, and has collaborated as a soloist with top conductors such as Abbado, Antonini, Barenboim, Boulez, Fischer, Gergiev, Gardiner, Harding, Järvi, Maazel, Nezet-Séguin, Orozco-Estrada, Perlman, Pinnock, Rattle, Rostropovich, Zinman.
Pahud is a dedicated chamber musician and regularly gives recitals with pianists Eric Le Sage, Alessio Bax, Yefim Bronfman, Hélène Grimaud, Stephen Kovacevich, as well as jazzing with Jacky Terrasson. In 1993, Emmanuel founded the Summer Music Festival in Salon de Provence together with Eric Le Sage and Paul Meyer, which is still a unique chamber music festival today. He also continues chamber music performances and recordings with “Les Vents Français” with top wind players François Leleux, Paul Meyer, Gilbert Audin and Radovan Vlatkovic.
He is committed to expanding the flute repertoire and commissions new flute works every year from composers such as Elliott Carter, Marc-André Dalbavie, Thierry Escaich, Simon Holt, Toshio Hosokawa, Michaël Jarrell, Luca Lombardi, Philippe Manoury, Matthias Pintscher, Christian Rivet.
This past summer, Alessio Bax performed at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Mimir Chamber Music Festival, Minnesota’s Beethoven Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Switzerland’s Verbier Festival, Kentucky’s Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, and Italy’s Incontri in Terra di Siena Festival, where he was recently appointed Artistic Director for a three-year term starting in 2017. This season he makes his solo recital debut at London’s Wigmore Hall with a program of Schubert, Scriabin and Ravel; gives solo recitals in Spain, Italy and California; and performs with his wife, pianist Lucille Chung, in Guatemala, the U.S., and in fall 2017, at the Fundación Beethoven in Santiago, Chile. He also tours Japan with Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto, with whom he reunites for a summer recital at Wigmore Hall, and tours the U.S., both with his frequent recital partner, violinist Joshua Bell, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS), culminating with a performance at New York’s Alice Tully Hall. Later in the spring, he participates in CMS performances at both Alice Tully Hall and Wigmore Hall.
Hailed by International Piano as “a pianist of refreshing depth,” Bax boasts an extensive concerto repertoire, which he puts to work this season playing Beethoven in Italy, Alabama, and Virginia; Brahms in Santa Rosa, California; Schumann in Santa Barbara; and returning to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for MacDowell’s Concerto No. 2 under Bramwell Tovey. Finally, he collaborates twice with Miguel Harth-Bedoya: on Mozart with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, where Harth-Bedoya is principal conductor, and on Tchaikovsky with the Orquesta Nacional de España in Madrid.
In summer 2015, Bax played 14 festivals on three continents, including his Minnesota Orchestra debut under Andrew Litton and return to Bravo! Vail with the Dallas Symphony and Jaap van Zweden. He opened the Colorado Symphony’s 2015–16 season, and undertook a recital tour of South America, crowned by two concerts at the famed Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, where he and Chung also played Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos with the Filarmónica de Buenos Aires. He toured Asia twice, first with Joshua Bell and then with Daishin Kashimoto; collaborated for the first time with the Emerson String Quartet; played four-hand piano concerts with Lucille Chung in Canada; returned to the CMS for engagements in New York and on tour; and played a solo recital at the Cliburn Concerts series in Fort Worth. He released a solo album of Mussorgsky and Scriabin, joined Chung on her new disc of Poulenc piano works, and released Lullabies for Mila, a collection dedicated to their baby daughter, all on the Signum Classics label.
Other highlights of recent seasons include Mozart with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under Hans Graf; Mozart and Rachmaninov with London’s Southbank Sinfonia led by Simon Over and Vladimir Ashkenazy, respectively; and concerts at L.A.’s Disney Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. He opened—with a pair of Mozart piano concertos—and closed the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s 2014–15 season, partnered with Joshua Bell, for more than 35 concerts in Europe, North and South America, and Asia, and with Lucille Chung in the U.S., Canada, France, and Hong Kong. In 2013, he received the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award and Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, which recognizes young artists of exceptional accomplishment.
The pianist is a staple on the international summer festival circuit, and has performed at England’s International Piano Series and Aldeburgh and Bath festivals; the Verbier Festival in Switzerland; the Risør Festival in Norway; and the Ruhr Klavier-Festival and Beethovenfest Bonn in Germany. He has also appeared multiple times at the Bard Music Festival in upstate New York, and has given recitals at New York’s Lincoln Center and other major music halls around the world, including those of Rome, Milan, Bilbao, Madrid, Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Washington, DC. As a chamber musician, Bax has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Sol Gabetta, Steven Isserlis, Nicholas Phan, Paul Watkins, and Jörg Widmann, among many others.
Bax’s celebrated discography for Signum Classics includes Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” and “Moonlight” Sonatas (a Gramophone “Editor’s Choice”); Bax & Chung, a duo disc with Lucille Chung that includes Stravinsky’s original four-hand version of the ballet Pétrouchka as well as music by Brahms and Piazzolla; Alessio Bax plays Mozart, comprising Piano Concertos K. 491 and K. 595 with London’s Southbank Sinfonia and Simon Over; Alessio Bax plays Brahms (a Gramophone “Critics’ Choice”); Bach Transcribed; and Rachmaninov: Preludes & Melodies (an American Record Guide “Critics’ Choice 2011”). Recorded for Warner Classics, his Baroque Reflections album was also a Gramophone “Editor’s Choice.” He performed Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata for maestro Daniel Barenboim in the PBS-TV documentary Barenboim on Beethoven: Masterclass, available as a DVD boxed set on the EMI label. His performances have been broadcast live on the BBC (UK); CBC (Canada); RAI (Italy); RTVE (Spain); NHK (Japan); WDR, NDR, and Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany); American Public Media’s Performance Today; WQXR (New York); WGBH (Boston); WETA (Washington, DC); and SiriusXM satellite radio, among many others.
Alessio Bax graduated with top honors at the record age of 14 from the conservatory of Bari, his hometown in Italy, where his teacher was Angela Montemurro. He studied in France with Francois-Joël Thiollier and attended the Chigiana Academy in Siena under Joaquín Achúcarro. In 1994 he moved to Dallas to continue his studies with Achúcarro at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, where, with Lucille Chung, he is now the Johnson-Prothro Artist-in-Residence. He also serves with Chung as co-artistic director of Dallas’ Joaquín Achúcarro Foundation, created to cultivate the legacy of the Basque pianist and to support young pianists’ careers. A Steinway artist, Bax resides in New York City with Chung and their two-year-old daughter, Mila. Outside the concert hall he is known for his longtime obsession with fine food; as a 2013 New York Times profile noted, he is not only notorious for hosting “epic” multi-course dinner parties, but often spends his intermissions dreaming of meals to come.