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Born in modern day Lvov, Poland, EMANUEL AX moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was a young boy. A winner of the Young Concert Artist Award, Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, Michaels Award, and the Avery Fisher Prize, Ax 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, Ax will feature two newly commissioned works during the 2016/2017 season. With the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert, January brings the world premiere of HK Gruber’s Piano Concerto, followed in March by the European premiere with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle. As a regular visitor, Ax will return to the orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Toronto, Seattle, Milwaukee, and Detroit.
As a Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987, his recent releases include Mendelssohn Trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, Strauss’ 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 with Perlman of sonatas by Fauré and Strauss, which the two artists presented on tour during the 2015/2016 season. A frequent and committed partner for chamber music, Ax has worked regularly with such artists as Young Uck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Ma, Edgar Meyer, Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, and the late Isaac Stern.
Emanuel Ax resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Yoko Nozaki. They have two children together, 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 about Ax’s career, please visit EmanuelAx.com.