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Elgar, Enigma and Emanuel Ax
Pianist Emanuel Ax is renowned for his virtuosity, poetic temperament, and wide-ranging performing activity. His annual schedule includes concerts with major orchestras worldwide, along with recitals, chamber music collaborations, and the commissioning and performance of new music. Mr. Ax made his Cleveland Orchestra debut in January 1976 and most recently appeared with the Orchestra in October 2016.
Born in modern day Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was a young boy. His studies at New York’s Juilliard School were supported by the sponsorship of the Epstein Scholarship Program of the Boys Clubs of America, and he subsequently won the Young Concert Artists Award. He also studied at Columbia University, where he was a French major. Mr. Ax captured attention in 1974 when he won the inaugural Artur Rubinstein International Piano Competition. He received the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists in 1975, and the Avery Fisher Prize in 1979.
A proponent of contemporary music, Mr. Ax has premiered works by John Adams, Samuel Adams, HK Gruber, Krzysztof Penderecki, Christopher Rouse, Bright Sheng, and Melinda Wagner. He has also commissioned works from Thomas Adès, Peter Lieberson, and Stephen Prutsman.
As a frequent and committed partner for chamber music, Emanuel Ax has performed regularly with Young Uck Kim, Leonidas Kovakos, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Peter Serkin. He played frequently with violinist Isaac Stern prior to his death.
Since 1987, Mr. Ax has been an exclusive Sony Classical recording artist. His recent releases include Mendelssohn’s trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, Richard Strauss’s Enoch Arden, and two-piano music by Brahms and Rachmaninoff with Yefim Bronfman. He has received Grammy Awards for two volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas and his albums of cello and piano sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms. He was given an Echo Klassik Award for his solo album, Variations. Mr. Ax’s discography also includes the piano concertos of Chopin, Liszt, and Schoenberg, solo piano music of Brahms, tangos by Astor Piazzolla, and John Adams’s Century Rolls with The Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Ax also participated in a BBC documentary discussing and commemorating victims of the Holocaust.
Emanuel Ax resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Yoko Nozaki. They have two children, 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, please visit www.emanuelax.com.