Emanuel Ax Performs Beethoven

The New York Philharmonic

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Emanuel Ax Performs Beethoven


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



2 hours with intermission

Date & Times


Oct, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Oct, 2019

Friday, 2:00 PM


Oct, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Emanuel Ax solos in Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto — elegant, luscious, and spirited. Stéphane Denève brings his celebrated touch to works by fellow Frenchmen — Roussel’s muscular symphony and Ravel’s homage-with-a-twist to “The Waltz King,” Johann Strauss II — and to Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral, in memory of her brother. She writes: “This is a story that commemorates living and passing through places of knowledge and of sharing and of that song called life.”


Jennifer Higdon

blue cathedral



Piano Concerto No. 1



Symphony No. 3



La Valse


Stéphane Denève


Stéphane Denève


Stephane Deneve


Stéphane Denève is music director of the Brussels Philharmonic and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (CffOR). He previously served as chief conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Mr. Denève regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s great orchestras and soloists. He has a special affinity for the music of his native France and is a passionate advocate for music of the 21st century. Committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, he has worked regularly with young people at the Tanglewood Music Center, New World Symphony, Colburn School, European Union Youth Orchestra, and Music Academy of the West.

He is a frequent guest with leading orchestras such as Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre national de France, Vienna Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

In the field of opera, Stéphane Denève has led productions at the Glyndebourne Festival, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Saito Kinen Festival, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Netherlands Opera, Bruzzels’s Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, Opéra national de Paris, and London’s Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

As a recording artist, Mr. Denève has won critical acclaim for his recordings of the works of Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel, Roussel, Franck, and Honegger. He is a triple winner of the Diapason d’Or of the Year, has been shortlisted for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year Award, and has won the prize for symphonic music at the International Classical Music Awards. His most recent releases include a live recording of Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and two discs of the works of Guillaume Connesson with the Brussels Philharmonic for Deutsche Grammophon.

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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, 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.

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