Born in Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Canada with his family when he was a young boy. He
studied at The Juilliard School and Columbia University, capturing 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.
The 2013-2014 season began with appearances at the Barbican Centre followed by Lincoln
Center with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink, as well as
collaborations with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons in Amsterdam,
Bucharest, China, and Japan during their worldwide centenary celebrations. The second half
of the season has seen the realization of a project inspired by Brahms, which includes new
pieces linked to Brahms from composers Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, and Brett Dean,
commissioned jointly between the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cal Performances Berkeley,
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall, with the participation of collaborators Anne
Sofie von Otter and Yo-Yo Ma. To conclude the season, Mr. Ax travels to Hong Kong and
Australia for a complete cycle of Beethoven concertos with incoming Chief Conductor David
Roberston in Sydney and with Sir Andrew Davis in Melbourne.
In conjunction with his multiple weeks as artist in residence with the New York
Philharmonic during the 2012-2013 season, Sony Classical released Mr. Ax's latest recital
disc of works from Haydn to Schumann to Copland, reflecting their different uses of the
"variation" concept. In the spring, he joined that orchestra on its European tour conducted
by Alan Gilbert. He returned to the orchestras in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Atlanta, Detroit,
Washington, and Pittsburgh, where he is a beloved regular.
Mr. Ax 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 Yo-Yo Ma of 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. For more information, visit emanuelax.com.