New York Phil grabs last-minute debutant amid visa crisis

New York Phil grabs last-minute debutant amid visa crisis


norman lebrecht

October 06, 2021

We reported earlier that Leif Ove Andsnes has been unable for six months to get a visa from the US consulate in Oslo.

It’s a nightmare faced by many artists around the world.

The New York Philharmonic waited as late as it could to come to terms with his absence next week.

Andsnes’s replacement, just announced, will be the New York-based Italian Alessio Bax, playing Clara Schumann’s Romance in A minor and Robert Schumann’s piano concerto.

It’s Alessio’s first outing with the orchestra.



  • Von Carry-on says:

    Bax is awesome! This debut is long overdue!

  • TimmyVc says:

    Alessio is a great talent. Very deserving.

  • Lessi Fan says:

    Lessi is a dream. He’ll be a wonderful stand in.

  • BigSir says:

    Its a great opportunity. Best wishes to Mr Bax!

  • Alexander Platt says:

    Am so happy for Alessio, with whom I’ve worked with many times; richly deserved.

  • Paul Sekhri says:

    So well deserved and about time. Alessio is a awesome pianist and an awesome human.

  • Micaela Bonetti says:

    In bocca al lupo, Alessio!

  • Anonymous says:

    I have always been puzzled why he has been largely absent from the leading halls and orchestral programs. I hope this opportunity leads to more engagements and more prominence.

    • fliszt says:

      Alessio Bax will still be around when all the others disappear – he is THAT good! Cream rises to the top.

  • Judy says:

    Bax is wonderful.

  • Nick2 says:

    I am sure Bax will be wonderful, but what an utter disgrace that the US Embassy takes more than six months to issue a visa. How many more marvelous artists will be denied from performing in the USA?