Lucille Chung inside Greer Garson Theatre at Owens Arts Center at SMU
Lucille Chung will tell everyone that Mozart brought her to the piano. The Canadian musician debuted at the age of 10
with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Before 20, she graduated from both the Curtis Institute of Music and the Julliard
School. Her prodigious career as a recitalist has taken her worldwide and earned her international recognition. And though her
career is distinct from that of her husband Alessio Bax, they overlap as pianists, as faculty members at SMU, and as co-artistic
directors of the Dallas-based Joaquín Achúcarro Foundation.
“Alessio and I work separately for the most part, as our careers bring us to different places to perform. For that reason
we really enjoy when our paths cross,” Chung says. “We try to schedule a few tours a year together, plan our trips to Dallas
around the same time, whenever possible.”
The non-profit they run together educates young musicians and promotes the careers of talented pianists. It also aims to
perpetuate the legacy of Achúcarro, under whom both Bax and Chung studied at SMU, Chung more recently than Bax. “For
Alessio, [working at SMU] was a natural progression. It’s hard to believe he’s been involved with the school for 20 years,” says
Chung, pointing out that when she joined the faculty four years ago, the amount of time they can travel together increased.
Chung’s projects with SMU students have been varied. This past spring she put together a chamber music concert featuring the Dallas Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Alexander Kerr and Meadows faculty members.
Chung’s CD Mozart & Me has been a hit and she continues to carve out more recording time between performances. “I
have actually just recorded a piano four hands disc with Alessio for Signum Records. It was recorded at the beautiful Wyastone
Hall in Wales and it includes some of our favorite works. Stravinsky’s original complete Petrouchka, Brahms Waltzes op. 39, and
our own arrangements of four Tangos by Piazzolla. It was a blast!”