Alessio Bax inside the Meadows Museum at SMU
In July, Alessio Bax travels to the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival to play Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos and Orchestra alongside the festival’s Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott. It’s part of Music Director Jaap van Zweden and
the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s residency at the festival. “I’m always excited to take part in some of the work that such a
prestigious orchestra is doing,” Bax says of his constant collaboration with the DSO.
The Italian pianist travels across the globe as a concert pianist and chamber musician. As a faculty member at Southern
Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, he returns to Dallas on a regular basis to lead special projects with the
music students. “My favorite workshops are the ones between faculty and students,” Bax says. “I’m most interested in making
them talk musically to each other.”
Bax joined the faculty of SMU in 1998 after completing his studies there under master pianist Joaquín Achúcarro, and
continues to be a point of pride for the city with consistent performances with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra as well as
the DSO. “It is our way to help young people and to do our little part in shaping and securing the future of classical music.
At the same time we get to honor Maestro Joaquín Achúcarro, and that makes us really proud. I have known him since I was
ten years old and he’s had an enormous influence in my life.” In turn, he is thrilled to call Dallas one of his homes. “In the last
few years, the scene here has gone a bit wild in a good way,” Bax says. “Obviously the DSO is doing important work, but the
smaller organizations here are also incredible.”