Born to Polish parents in what today is Lvov, Ukraine, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was 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. In the fall of 2021 he resumed a post-COVID touring schedule that included concerts with the Colorado, Pacific, Cincinnati, and Houston symphonies, the Minnesota, Philadelphia, and Cleveland orchestras, and the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics. His 2022–23 season will include a tour with Itzhak Perlman “and Friends,” as well as a continuation of the Beethoven For Three touring and recording project with Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma, this year on the west coast. Ax has been a Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987, and following the success of the Brahms Trios with Kavakos and Ma, the trio launched a multi-year project to record all the Beethoven trios and symphonies arranged for trio. He has received Grammys for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas, and made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. He also contributed to an International Emmy-winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Ax is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates of music from Skidmore College, New England Conservatory of Music, Yale University, and Columbia University.