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.