EMANUEL AX (update June 2002)
Acclaimed for his poetic lyricism and brilliant technique, pianist Emanuel Ax is one of today's best known and most highly regarded musicians. He first captured public attention in 1974 when, aged 25, he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. Five years later he took the coveted Avery Fisher Prize in New York. An RCA recording contract followed, and many of his recordings won top honours.
In 1987 Ax became an exclusive Sony Classical artist. Recordings on this label include the two Liszt Concertos paired with the Schoenberg Concerto, two discs of solo Brahms, tangos by Piazzolla and Haydn Piano Sonatas (part of an ongoing Haydn cycle) for which he won a Grammy award. Other discs that have recently been released are the Brahms Piano Concerto No 2 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink and a CD with music for 2 Pianos by Rachmaninov with Yefim Bronfman.
Emanuel Ax visits Europe regularly and spent the first four months of 2002 based in Paris. Engagements included the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under Levine, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Slatkin, the Suisse Romande and the Orchestre National de France. He performed six concertos and
chamber music with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and Zinman and masterminded a weekend of orchestral, chamber and solo concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He also gave recitals in Vienna, Milan, London and Lisbon.
Next season he will perform with the Philharmonia and Dohnányi, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Stockholm Philharmonic and Salzburg Camerata Academica with Norrington. He will also give the French premiere of
Penderecki's Piano Concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In June 2003 he will be guest artist in a series of concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra and André Previn. Recital appearances
feature Amsterdam, Lucerne, Warsaw, London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Emanuel Ax is in demand all over the United States, both in recital and with orchestra, regularly performing in New York, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Saint Louis. In addition, he makes regular festival appearances at Aspen, Blossom, Hollywood Bowl, Mainly Mozart, Ravinia and Tanglewood. Emanuel Ax is a particular supporter of 20th century composers and has given four world premieres in the last few seasons; Century Rolls by John Adams, Seeing by Christopher Rouse, Red Silk Dance by Bright Sheng and Resurrection by Krzysztof Penderecki. He also performs works by such diverse figures as Sir Michael Tippett, Hans Werner Henze, Joseph Schwantner and Paul Hindemith. Devoted to chamber music literature, Emanuel Ax regularly performs duo recitals with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, their recordings together have earned three Grammy Awards. He also received a Grammy award for his Brahms Trio recording with Ma and Richard Stolzman. Ax regularly plays quartets with Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo and Yo-Yo Ma and for Sony they have recorded works by Brahms, Faure, Beethoven, Schumann and Mozart.
Emanuel Ax was born in Lvov (Poland) and began to study the piano at the age of six in Warsaw. When the family moved to North America in 1961 he continued his studies at the Juilliard Schoolunder Mieczylaw Munz. He lives in New York with his wife, the pianist Yoko Nazaki, and their two children.
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