Born in Poland, Emanuel Ax 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
Three prominent duo collaborations will be carried through Mr. Ax's current season.
Beginning with the release of sonatas by Fauré and R. Strauss on the Deutsche Grammophon
label, Mr. Ax will partner with longtime friend and colleague Itzhak Perlman for concerts
in Kansas City, Dallas, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and La
Jolla, as well as at Ravinia. A return visit to Japan will be followed by concerts in
Paris, Berlin, Rome, Tel Aviv, and Amsterdam. As an annual guest with the New York
Philharmonic, he will perform Brahms with Alan Gilbert in addition to return visits to
orchestras in Houston, Chicago, and Pittsburgh, as well as duo recitals in Philadelphia and
New York with violinist Pamela Frank. Longstanding partner Yo-Yo Ma will join him in
Norfolk, Washington, and New York, where they will program the complete Beethoven sonatas
for cello and piano. Solo recitals in Tokyo, Arizona, Florida, Texas, and Boston culminate
at Carnegie Hall this month as part of the Hall's 125th anniversary.
The latter half of Mr. Ax's 2014-2015 season featured two projects, the first being his
curated two-week Celebrate the Piano festival with the Toronto Symphony
Orchestra, in which multiple pianists gave a variety of performances to explore the many
facets of the instrument. The second was a European tour with The Philadelphia Orchestra
and Yannick Nézet-Séguin that began at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Ax also returned to the
orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Washington,
Nashville, Atlanta, St. Louis, Montreal, and Ottawa. In Europe, he performed with the
Berliner Philharmoniker, followed by a tour to Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, and London in
performances of Schubert's Winterreise with Simon Keenlyside, as well as
appearances in Amsterdam and Paris with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Bernard
Haitink. Other European orchestras with which he performed include the London Symphony
Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, and the national orchestras of
Toulouse and Lyon.
An exclusive Sony Classical recording artist since 1987, recent releases include
Mendelssohn trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, Strauss's Enoch Arden narrated
by Patrick Stewart, and discs of two-piano music by Brahms and Rachmaninoff with Yefim
Bronfman. 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 of the
Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano with Yo-Yo Ma. 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 2004-2005 season, Mr. Ax
contributed to an International Emmy Award-winning BBC documentary to commemorate the
Holocaust, which aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In 2013, his
recording Variations received an ECHO Klassik award.
In recent years, Mr. Ax has turned his attention toward the music of 20th-century
composers, premiering works by John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bright
Sheng, and Melinda Wagner. Mr. Ax is also devoted to chamber music, and has worked
regularly with such artists as Young Uck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Edgar Meyer, Peter Serkin,
Jaime Laredo, and the late Isaac Stern.
Mr. Ax is a Steinway Artist. He 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, visit emanuelax.com.