Born in modern day Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family as a young boy. He made his New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series, and in 1974 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.
Highlights of the 2019–20 season include a European summer festival tour with the Vienna Philharmonic and Bernard Haitink, an Asian tour with the London Symphony and Simon Rattle, concerts in the US with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Lahav Shani, and three concerts with regular partners Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma at Carnegie Hall in March. Mr. Ax also participates in Carnegie Hall’s celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, culminating in a May solo recital, preceded by recitals in Madison, Santa Barbara, Orange County, Washington, Las Vegas, and Colorado Springs. He will be heard with orchestras in Houston, Baltimore, Atlanta, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Frankfurt, Berlin, Rome, Zurich, Rotterdam, and Tel Aviv.
A Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987, Mr. Ax has received Grammy Awards for the second and third volumes of his Haydn piano sonata cycle, as well as for his series with Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. In 2004–05 he contributed to an International Emmy Award–winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. His recording Variations received the Echo Klassik Award for Solo Recording of the Year in 2013.
Emanuel Ax is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates from Skidmore College, Yale University, and Columbia University.