Part of: Great Artists II
Emanuel Ax, Piano
BRAHMS Rhapsody in B Minor, Op. 79, No. 1
BRAHMS Rhapsody in G Minor, Op. 79, No. 2
GEORGE BENJAMIN Piano Figures
SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
RAVEL Valses nobles et sentimentales
CHOPIN Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1
CHOPIN Three Mazurkas, Op. 50
CHOPIN Andante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22
CHOPIN Nocturne in F-sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2
CHOPIN Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 34, No. 1
Born in Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was a young boy. He made his New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series and in 1974 won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv. Mr. Ax won the Michaels Award of the Young Concert Artists in 1975, followed four years later by the Avery Fisher Prize.
In partnership with Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma, Mr. Ax began the current season performing Brahms’s piano trios in Vienna, Paris, and London, a recording of which was recently released by Sony Classical. In the US, he returns to the orchestras of Cleveland, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Portland, and Washington, DC. In Europe, Mr. Ax can be heard in Munich, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Vienna, and London, and on tour in Italy with the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
Mr. Ax has been an exclusive Sony Classical recording artist since 1987. He received Grammy Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn piano sonatas, and made a series of Grammy-winning recordings of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano with Mr. Ma. In the 2004–2005 season, Mr. Ax contributed to an International Emmy Award–winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust, which aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. His recording Variations received the ECHO Klassik award for Solo Recording of the Year in 2013. Mr. Ax is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary doctorate degrees in music from Skidmore College, Yale University, and Columbia University.