Ax, Emanuel

Ax, Emanuel Born in Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax captured public attention in 1974 when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition; he went on to win the Young Concert Artists Michaels Award (1975) and the Avery Fisher Prize (1979). In the 2014–15 season he participates in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s “Celebrate the Piano” festival; a European tour with The Philadelphia Orchestra and YannickNézet-Séguin; and, throughout the season, returns to the orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Washington, Nashville, Atlanta, St. Louis, Montreal, and Ottawa. Recitals will take him to Vancouver, San Francisco, and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, where he also appears in duo with baritone Simon Keenlyside. In Europe he returns to the Berlin Philharmonic; tours to Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, and London performing Schubert’s Winterreise with Mr. Keenlyside;and presents both Brahms piano concertos in Amsterdam and Paris with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Bernard Haitink. Other orchestras with which Mr. Ax is also appearing include the London Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, and Zurich Tonhalleorchestras and the Toulouse and Lyon national orchestras.A Grammy-winning artist exclusive to Sony Classical since 1987, Emanuel Ax’s most recent release is a recital disc exploring variations by composers including Haydn, Schumann, and Copland. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates from Yale and Columbia Universities. He was named an Honorary Member of the New York Philharmonic on the occasion of his 100th performance with the Orchestra, which he also served for a season as The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence.