Born in Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Canada with his family when he was a young boy. He studied at the Juilliard School and Columbia University, capturing public attention in 1974 when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, followed four years later by the Avery Fisher Prize. Mr. Ax made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1979 and appeared here most recently in recital in January 2015.
Several prominent collaborations are carried through Mr. Ax's current season. Beginning with the release of a disc of sonatas by Fauré and R. Strauss on the Deutsche Grammophon label, Mr. Ax partners with longtime friend and colleague Itzhak Perlman for concerts throughout the US; the pair performs in Davies Symphony Hall on January 18. A return visit to Japan is followed by concerts in Paris, Berlin, Rome, Tel Aviv, and Amsterdam. Mr. Ax plays Brahms with the New York Philharmonic and makes return visits to orchestras in Houston, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. In addition to duo recitals in Philadelphia and New York with violinist Pamela Frank in a program of Mozart sonatas, he performs the complete Beethoven sonatas for cello and piano with long-standing partner Yo-Yo Ma in Norfolk, VA, Washington DC, and Carnegie Hall. Solo recitals in Tokyo, Arizona, Florida, Texas, and Boston lead to a performance in Carnegie Hall as part of the hall's 125th anniversary celebrations in May.
An exclusive Sony Classical recording artist since 1987, Mr. Ax’s most recent release is the ECHO Klassik award-winning album Variations, featuring works of Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, and Copland. He has received Grammy awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas and has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. Mr. Ax is featured on recordings of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas on SFS Media. He resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Yoko Nozaki. 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, visit EmanuelAx.com.