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 Mr. Ax participates in the Toronto Symphony’s “Celebrate the Piano” festival and a European tour with The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Throughout the season he returns to 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, the Midwest, 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; tour 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 led by Bernard Haitink. Other European orchestra appearances this season include the London Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, and the national orchestras of Toulouse and Lyon. A Grammy-winning recording 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.