About

Emanuel Ax, pianist

Born in modern day Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was a young boy. His studies at the Juilliard School were supported by the sponsorship of the Epstein Scholarship Program of the Boys Clubs of America, and he subsequently won the Young Concert Artists Award. Additionally, he attended Columbia University where he majored in French. Mr. Ax made his New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series, and captured public attention in 1974 when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists followed four years later by the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.

In partnership with frequent collaborator David Robertson, he begins the current season with six Mozart concerti over two weeks in St. Louis, repeating the project in Sydney in February. Following the gala opening of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s season with Yannick Nezet-Seguin he returns to the orchestras in Cleveland, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Ottawa, Toronto, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, and to Carnegie Hall for a recital to conclude the season. In Europe he can be heard in Stockholm, Vienna, Paris, London, and on tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. In support of the recent release of their disc of Brahms Trios for SONY, Mr. Ax will also tour across the U.S. with colleagues Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma during the winter.

Always a committed exponent of contemporary composers, with works written for him by John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bright Sheng, and Melinda Wagner already in his repertoire, most recently he has added HK Gruber’s Piano Concerto and Samuel Adams’ “Impromptus”. Last season his ongoing relationship with the Boston Symphony included visits with them to Carnegie Hall, Montreal, and Toronto; with The Cleveland Orchestra Mr. Ax appeared as the featured artist for their Gala opening concert of the season and as a regular visitor he returned to the orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Toronto, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Madrid and Amsterdam.

A Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987, recent releases include Mendelssohn Trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, Strauss’ Enoch Arden narrated by Patrick Stewart, and discs of two-piano music by Brahms and Rachmaninoff with Yefim Bronfman. In 2015 Deutche Grammophon released a duo recording with Mr. Perlman of Sonatas by Faure and Strauss, which the two artists presented on tour during the 2015/2016 season. Mr. Ax has received GRAMMY® Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas. He has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. His other recordings include the concertos of Liszt and Schoenberg, three solo Brahms albums, an album of tangos by Astor Piazzolla, and the premiere recording of John Adams’s Century Rolls with the Cleveland Orchestra for Nonesuch. In the 2004/05 season Mr. Ax also contributed to an International EMMY® Award-Winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In 2013, Mr. Ax’s recording Variations received the Echo Klassik Award for Solo Recording of the Year (19th century music/Piano).

A frequent and committed partner for chamber music, he has worked regularly with such artists as Young Uck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Mr. Ma, Edgar Meyer, Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, and the late Isaac Stern.

Mr. Ax resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Yoko Nozaki. They have two children together, Joseph and Sarah. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates of music from Yale and Columbia Universities. For more information about Mr. Ax’s career, please visit www.EmanuelAx.com.

Next Concerts

    January 7, 2018

    Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

    Virginia G. Piper Theater

    Scottsdale, AZ

    MOZART Sonate in F KV533 / 494
    LISZT Tre sonetti di Petrarca
    LISZT Vallée d’Obermann
    BACH Partita nr.5 in G BWV829
    BEETHOVEN Sonate nr.21 in C op.53 ‘Waldstein’

    January 11, 2018

    San Francisco Symphony

    Davies Symphony Hall

    San Francisco, CA

    BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 14
    SCHOENBERG Piano Concerto
    R. STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

    January 12, 2018

    San Francisco Symphony

    Davies Symphony Hall

    San Francisco, CA

    BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 14
    SCHOENBERG Piano Concerto
    R. STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

    January 13, 2018

    San Francisco Symphony

    Davies Symphony Hall

    San Francisco, CA

    BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 14
    SCHOENBERG Piano Concerto
    R. STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

    January 16, 2018

    Soka University of America

    Soka Performing Arts Center

    Aliso Viejo, CA

    January 18, 2018

    Colburn Chamber Music Society

    Zipper Hall

    Los Angeles, CA

    BACH Partita No. 5 in G Major
    MOZART Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds
    DVOŘÁK Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major

    February 1, 2018

    Sydney Symphony Orchestra

    Sydney Opera House

    Sydney NSW, Australia

    MOZART Don Giovanni: Overture
    MOZART Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat, K449
    MOZART Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K466
    MOZART Symphony No.40

     

    February 2, 2018

    Sydney Symphony Orchestra

    Sydney Opera House

    Sydney NSW, Australia

    MOZART Don Giovanni: Overture
    MOZART Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat, K449
    MOZART Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K466
    MOZART Symphony No.40

NY Philharmonic

Artist-in-Residence: Emanuel Ax 2012/13.
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Brahms: Music For 2 Pianos
Haydn: Piano Sonatas
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B Minor
Mendelssohn: Piano Trios
Strauss: Enoch Arden

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Extract from masterclass given by Emanuel Ax on Beethoven Piano Sonatas and Variations. The student is Nicolas Van Poucke. The full masterclass is available on DVD from www.masterclassfoundation.org

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