CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS
Thursday, May 17, 2012 | 8 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
In 2010, Grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax delighted Carnegie Hall audiences with a series of concerts that celebrated the 200th birthdays of Chopin and Schumann. This year, he returns with a program that features another Schumann jewel, the Symphonic Etudes, and works by Copland, Haydn, and Beethoven.
- COPLAND Piano Variations
- HAYDN Variations in F Minor, Hob. XVII:6
- BEETHOVEN Fifteen Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E-flat Major, “Eroica Variations,” Op. 35
- SCHUMANN Études en forme de variations, Op. 13 (with posthumous etudes)
- LISZT Valse oubliée, No. 1, S. 215
- CHOPIN Grande Valse brillante in A-flat Major, Op. 34, No. 1
Born in Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Canada with his family when he was a young boy.
He studied at The Juilliard School and Columbia University. Mr. Ax captured the public's
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.
Highlights of the 2011-2012 season include return visits to the symphonies of Boston, San
Francisco, Houston, Toronto, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Cincinnati; and the New
York and Los Angeles philharmonics. Mr. Ax also acts as curator and performer with the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a two-week spring residency called Keys to the
In Europe, the season includes performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal
Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra,
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Orchestre National de France. Recent tours have included
performances in Asia with the New York Philharmonic on its first tour with Music Director
Alan Gilbert, as well as European tours with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Ax's artist residency with the New York Philharmonic in
2012-2013 features several performances with repertoire that ranges from Bach to
Mr. Ax has been an exclusive Sony Classical recording artist since 1987. He has received
Grammy Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn's piano sonatas, as
well as for collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma on the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and
piano. Mr. Ax resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Yoko Nozaki. He is a Fellow
of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary doctorates of music from
Yale and Columbia universities.
Schumann's Fantasiestücke, Op. 12: Aufschwung
Emanuel Ax, Piano
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At a Glance
Emanuel Ax has assembled a program that offers different treatments of the theme-and-variations genre by four major composers—who were also accomplished pianists—from three different centuries. From the 18th century, we have Haydn's magnificent example, one of his finest compositions for solo keyboard. From the 19th, we have grandiose sets by Beethoven and Schumann, who led the way toward further evolution of the form. And the recital begins with a short concert opener from the past century by Copland, a composer not generally associated with solo piano music.
Emanuel Ax on Robert Schumann