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, Ax participates in the Toronto Symphony's “Celebrate the Piano” festival and a European tour with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Throughout the season he returns for appearances with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Washington, Nashville, Atlanta, St. Louis, Montreal, and Ottawa symphony orchestras. Recitals will take him to Vancouver, San Francisco, and Lincoln Center's 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 Simon Keenlyside, and presents both Brahms piano concertos in Amsterdam and Paris with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Bernard Haitink. Ax will also appear with other European orchestras this season, including the London Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, and the National Orchestras of Toulouse and Lyon.
A GRAMMY winning artist exclusive to Sony Classical since 1987, his 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.