Internationally renowned pianist Emanuel Ax began his 2013–14 season with appearances at the Barbican Centre; with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Haitink, at Avery Fisher Hall; and collaborations with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, led by Mariss Jansons, in Amsterdam, Bucharest, China, and Japan, as part of that orchestra’s world-wide centenary celebrations. The second half of the season sees the realization of a project that includes performances of works by Brahms along with new pieces from composers Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Brett Dean, and Anders Hillborg, co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cal Performances Berkeley, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall, and featuring appearances by mezzo-soprano Anne-Sophie von Otter and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. At the conclusion of the season, Mr. Ax will travel to Hong Kong and Australia for a complete cycle of Beethoven concertos conducted by David Robertson in Sydney and with Sir Andrew Davis in Melbourne.
In conjunction with his role as the New York Philharmonic’s 2012–13 Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, Sony Classical released his latest recital disc of works ranging from Haydn to Schumann to Copland, reflecting their different uses of the “variation” concept. In the spring of 2013 he joined the Orchestra on its European tour led by Music Director Alan Gilbert.
Mr. Ax has been a Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987. His releases include Mendelssohn trios with cellist Yo-Yo- Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman; R. Strauss’s Enoch Arden narrated by Patrick Stewart; and discs of two-piano music by Brahms and Rachmaninoff with Yefim Bronfman. In recent years Mr. Ax has premiered the music of 20th-century composers John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bright Sheng, and Melinda Wagner.
Born in Lvov, Poland, pianist Emanuel Ax studied at The Juilliard School, won a Young Concert Artists Award, and majored in French at Columbia University. In 1974 he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, followed by the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.