Emanuel Ax has won the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, Young Concert Artists' Michaels Award, and Avery Fisher Prize. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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-Mr. Ax's 2016-2017 season features two newly commissioned works. This past January, he performed the world premiere of HK Gruber's Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert, followed this month by the work's European premiere with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle. As a regular visitor, Mr. Ax returns this season to the orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Toronto, Seattle, Milwaukee, and Detroit.
An exclusive Sony Classical recording artist since 1987, Mr. Ax's 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. In 2015, Deutsche Grammophon released a duo recording of Mr. Ax and Mr. Perlman playing sonatas by Fauré and Strauss, which the two artists presented on tour during the 2015-2016 season. A frequent and committed chamber musician, Mr. Ax has worked regularly with such artists as Young Uck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Edgar Meyer, Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, Mr. Ma, and the late Isaac Stern.
Born in Lvov, Poland, Mr. Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was a young boy. He currently resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Yoko Nozaki, with whom he has two children. Mr. Ax holds honorary doctorate degrees in music from Yale University and Columbia University.