Part of: Keyboard Virtuosos II
Emanuel Ax, Piano
MOZART Piano Sonata in F Major, K. 533/K. 494
LISZT Tre sonetti del Petrarca
BACH Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829
BEETHOVEN Andante in F Major, WoO 57 ("Andante favori")
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein"
CHOPIN Nocturne in F-sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2
LISZT Valse oubliée, S. 215, No. 4
The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Seidler in support of the 2017-2018 season.
Born in modern-day Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was a young boy. He is a winner of the Young Concert Artists Competition and Michaels Award, Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, and Avery Fisher Prize.
In partnership with conductor David Robertson, Mr. Ax began the current season with six Mozart concertos performed over two weeks in St. Louis, repeating the project in Sydney in February. Following the gala opening of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s season, he returns to the orchestras of Cleveland, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Ottawa, Toronto, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Hall for a recital to conclude the season. In Europe, he can be heard in Stockholm, Vienna, Paris, and London, and on tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Mr. Ax—a Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987—also toured across the US this winter with colleagues Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma in support of the recent release of their recording of Brahms’s piano trios for the label.
Always 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, he has most recently added to this list HK Gruber’s Piano Concerto and Samuel Adams’s Impromptus. A frequent and dedicated chamber music partner, Mr. Ax has regularly worked with such artists as Young Uck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Edgar Meyer, Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, and the late Isaac Stern.
Mr. Ax resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Yoko Nozaki, with whom he has two children. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary doctorates in music from Yale and Columbia universities.