Ax, Mozart & Brahms

The New York Philharmonic

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Ax, Mozart & Brahms


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



2 hours with intermission

Date & Times


Nov, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Dec, 2017

Friday, 8:00 PM


Dec, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Edo de Waart leads Brahms’s genial Second Symphony. Magnificent horn calls open the work, cascading melodies delight throughout, and the finale drives home with brass ablaze. Emanuel Ax is the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, dramatic, reflective, and lyrical. And the Orchestra premieres music by Bent Sørensen — just awarded the distinguished Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition — whose twinkling sound world offers a new listening experience.


Bent Sørensen

Evening Land (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)



Piano Concerto No. 20



Symphony No. 2


Edo de Waart


Edo de Waart



Edo de Waart is music director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and conductor laureate of the Antwerp Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and Milwaukee Symphony orchestras, having concluded his tenure as music director at the latter in the 2016–17 season. He previously served as music director of the San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and chief conductor of the Dutch National Opera.

In the 2017–18 season Mr. de Waart makes his annual appearance with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, this time leading works by Bernstein and Brahms; returns to the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra for a tour of Germany; leads the San Diego Symphony, opening the season with Jean-Yves Thibaudet and returning twice later in the season; and conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. His regular guest conducting appearances include the Chicago, NHK, and Montreal symphony orchestras and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A renowned orchestral trainer, he has a number of projects with young players at The Juilliard School and Colburn School, following his summer visit to the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.

In the realm of opera, Mr. de Waart has conducted at Bayreuth; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Opéra Bastille; Santa Fe Opera; and The Metropolitan Opera. As music director in Milwaukee, Antwerp, and Hong Kong, he often conducted semi-staged and operas in concert; he continues this mission with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw.

Edo de Waart’s extensive recording catalog encompasses releases for the Philips, Virgin, EMI, Telarc, and RCA labels. Recent recordings include Henderickx’s Symphony No.1 and Oboe Concerto, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, all with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.

He began his career as an Assistant Conductor to Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic, then returned to Holland, where he was appointed assistant conductor to Bernard Haitink at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 1973 he was appointed chief conductor and artistic director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Edo de Waart has received a number of awards for his musical achievements, including being named a Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion, an Honorary Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia, and an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

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Emanuel Ax


Emanuel Ax


Emanuel Ax by Lisa Marie Mazzucco


Born in modern-day Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, as a young boy. He is a winner of the Young Concert Artist Award, Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, Michaels Award, and the Avery Fisher Prize.

In partnership with David Robertson, he begins the current season with six Mozart concertos over two weeks with the St. Louis Symphony, repeating the project in Sydney in February. Other engagements include The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Opening Night Concert; returns to the orchestras of Cleveland, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Ottawa, Toronto, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh; a recital at Carnegie Hall; appearances in Stockholm, Vienna, Paris, and London; and a tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He also tours the U.S. with violinist Leonidas Kavakos and cellist Yo-Yo Ma in support of their recent release of Brahms’s Piano Trios for Sony Classical (for which Mr. Ax is an exclusive recording artist).

A committed exponent of contemporary composers — with works written for him by John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bright Sheng, and Melinda Wagner — he recently added to his repertoire Samuel Adams’s Impromptus and HK Gruber’s Piano Concerto, the latter of which he performed in its World Premiere with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by then Music Director Alan Gilbert, in January 2017. He has collaborated in chamber music with artists including Young Uck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Mr. Ma, Edgar Meyer, Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, and the late Isaac Stern.

Mr. Ax resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Yoko Nozaki, with whom he has two children. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates of music from Yale and Columbia Universities.

Emanuel Ax served as the Philharmonic’s Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence in the 2012–13 season. In April 2011 he was named an Honorary Member of the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York in recognition of his 100th performance with the Orchestra.

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Special Thanks

Bent Sørensen's commission is made possible by the generous support of The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music.

These concerts are made possible with generous support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.


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