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Emanuel Ax, piano

Overview

Born in Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was a young boy. His studies at the Juilliard School were supported by the sponsorship of the Epstein Scholarship Program of the Boys Clubs of America, and he subsequently won the Young Concert Artists Award. Additionally, he attended Columbia University, where he majored in French. Mr. Ax captured public attention in 1974 when he 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 coveted Avery Fisher Prize. As Artist in Residence with the New York Philharmonic for the 2012-13 season, he appeared in multiple weeks at Lincoln Center with repertoire ranging from Bach to Christopher Rouse in addition to a spring tour with the orchestra to Europe. He will return to the orchestras in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Atlanta, Detroit, Washington, and Pittsburgh where he is a beloved regular.

Highlights of the 2011-12 season included return visits to the symphonies of Boston, Houston, Toronto, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cincinnati; New York, and Los Angeles Philharmonics and San Francisco Symphony with whom he collaborated in the “American Mavericks” festival presented in San Francisco, Ann Arbor, MI and Carnegie Hall, NY. As curator and participant with the Chicago Symphony for a two week spring residency “Keys to the City” he performed multiple roles as leader and collaborator in a festival celebrating the many varied facets of the piano. Mr. Ax has been an exclusive Sony Classical recording artist since 1987. Recent releases include Mendelssohn Trios with Yo-Yo- Ma and Itzhak Perlman, Strauss's Enoch Arden narrated by Patrick Stewart, and discs of two-piano music by Brahms and Rachmaninoff with Yefim Bronfman. Mr. Ax has received GRAMMY® Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas. He has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano.

In recent years, Mr. Ax has turned his attention toward the music of 20th-century composers, premiering works by John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bright Sheng, and Melinda Wagner. Mr. Ax is also devoted to chamber music and has worked regularly with such artists as 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. They have two children together, Joseph and Sarah. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates of music from Yale and Columbia Universities.

"His greatness, his overwhelming authority as musician, technician and probing intellect emerges quickly as he plays. Within minutes, we are totally captured by his intensity and pianistic achievement. "

-Los Angeles Times

Emanuel Ax, piano

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Program

Bach: Partita in B- at Major, BWV 825
Schoenberg: Six Little Pieces, Op. 19
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Chopin: Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22
Chopin: Three Mazurkas TBA

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Emanuel Ax, piano

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Schubert: Four Impromptus, D. 935
Chopin: Four Impromptus, Op. 29, Op. 36, Op. 51, Op. 66
S. Adams: Impromptu No. 2: After Schubert
Chopin: Piano Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58 

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Heidi Lee.

Pamela Frank & Emanuel Ax
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Pamela Frank, violin and Emanuel Ax, piano

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mozart: Violin Sonata in C Major, K. 296
Mozart: Violin Sonata in F Major, K. 377
Mozart: Violin Sonata in G Major, K. 379
Mozart: Violin Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 454

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45pm with Heidi Lee

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Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians w/ Emanuel Ax, piano

Date: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Peter Smith, oboe; Samuel Caviezel, clarinet;  Daniel Matsukawa, bassoon; Jennifer Montone, horn; Juliette Kang, violin; Yayoi Numazawa, violin; Daniel Han, violin; David Nicastro, viola; Che-Hung Chen, viola; Ohad Bar David, cello; Emanuel Ax, piano

 

Martinů: Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola, H. 313
Mozart: Quintet for Winds and Piano in E-flat Major, K. 452
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44

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Emanuel Ax, piano

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Brahms: Sonata in F-sharp Minor, Op. 2
BrahmsKlavierstí¼cke, Op. 119
Interspersed with
Dean: Hommage í  Brahms [Philadelphia Premiere]
Mazzoli: Bolts of Loving Thunder [Philadelphia Premiere]
Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with David Dubal.

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Emanuel Ax, piano

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Beethoven: Sonata in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2
Schoenberg: Sechs kleine Klavierstí¼cke, Op. 19
Beethoven: Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathétique"
Chopin: Nocturne in F Minor, Op. 55, No. 1
Chopin: Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58

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PCMS 25th Anniversary Celebration

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Emanuel Ax, piano; Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Anthony McGill, clarinet; Roberto Dí­az, viola; Michael Tree, viola; Peter Wiley, cello; Tokyo String Quartet

Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B-­flat Major, Op. 11
Mendelssohn: String Quintet in B-­flat Major, Op. 87
Brahms: Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E­-flat Major, Op. 44

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Emanuel Ax, piano

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Schubert: Four Impromptus, D. 935
Schubert: Sonata in A Major, D. 664
Schubert: Sonata in B­flat Major, D. 960

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Emanuel Ax, piano

Date: Monday, February 8, 2010 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie in A-­flat Major, Op. 61
Schumann: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17
Schumann: Fantasiestí¼cke, Op. 12
Chopin: Four Mazurkas, Op. 41
Chopin: Andante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante in E­-flat Major, Op. 22

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Emanuel Ax, piano

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Beethoven: Sonata in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2
Schumann: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17 [
Schumann: Papillons, Op. 2
Beethoven: Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”

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Emanuel Ax, piano

Date: Friday, December 12, 2003 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Debussy: Images, Book I and II
Rameau: Pièces de clavecin
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Chopin: Scherzo in B Minor, Op. 20
Chopin: Scherzo in B­-flat Minor, Op. 31
Chopin: Scherzo in C­-sharp Minor, Op. 39
Chopin: Scherzo in E Major, Op. 5

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Emanuel Ax, piano

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 1998 -

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Hadyn: Sonata in A­-flat Major, Hob. XVI:46
Corigliano: Fantasia on an Ostinato
Debussy: Estampes
Debussy: L'isle joyeuse
Schubert: Sonata in B­-flat Major, D. 96

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Emanuel Ax, piano

Date: Friday, March 15, 1996 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Mozart: Twelve Variations in C Major on Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman, K. 265
Haydn: Andante with Variations in F Minor, Hob. XVII:6
Lieberson: Piano Variations [Philadelphia Premiere]
Beethoven: Thirty Three Variations in C Major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120

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Emanuel Ax, piano

Date: Thursday, January 16, 1992 - 8:00 PM

Location: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Mozart: Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI:32
Bernstein: Touches
Chopin: Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1
Chopin: Berceuse in D­-flat Major, Op. 57
Chopin: Scherzo in B­-flat Minor, Op. 31
Brahms: Sonata in F Minor, Op. 5

Los Angeles Times

“His greatness, his overwhelming authority as musician, technician and probing intellect emerges quickly as he plays. Within minutes, we are totally captured by his intensity and pianistic achievement. ”

New York Times

“Ax played with youthful brio, incisive rhythm, bountiful imagination, delicacy when called for and thundering power when the piano fought back. ”

The Telegraph

“At no point did Ax appear anything other than in total command.”

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