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Sony Classical is proud to announce a new recording by pianist Emanuel Ax of four significant sets of Variations by four titanic composers: Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, and Copland. One of the best known and respected pianists of our time and winner of multiple Grammy awards for both solo and chamber performances, Ax commented: "I think people like Beethoven, Haydn, and Schumann show what great compositional virtuosos they are in these pieces."
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Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Billy Keane to offer 'Songs of Comfort' at Hancock Shaker Village / The Berkshire Eagle
Essential workers and first responders will be the guests of honor Sunday at a virtual concert streamed live from Hancock Shaker Village. Five musicians - internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma; Grammy Award-winning classical pianist Emanuel Ax; singer/songwriter and public school music teacher Anjimile; singer/songwriter and founding member of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow Billy Keane; and Chantell...
Here's your 98.7WFMT - quarantine livestream planner
Even though in-person concerts have been suspended, many talented artists and ensembles are committed to sharing stunning music through the internet. Here's a guide to some upcoming classical livestreams you should add to your calendar! On Friday, April 3 at 7 pm CT, Pianist Lara Downes launches her new album, Some of These Days, with a Facebook Live performance from her home in Sacramento, Californi...
Emanuel Ax set for a Mozart opening night at Tanglewood with the BSO / WAMC - The Roundtable
Globally celebrated pianist, Emanuel Ax, will perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 with Andris Nelsons and The Boston Symphony Orchestra's season opening concert in The Shed at Tanglewood on July 5 at 8 p.m. The program that evening will also feature the orchestra playing Mahler's Symphony No. 5. Ax will be back at Tanglewood in August to play two concerts at Ozawa Hall – one with Leonidas Kavako...
Emanuel Ax will return for his 14th appearance at Harriman-Jewell Series / The Kansas City Star
Internationally renowned pianist Emanuel Ax made his debut in the Harriman-Jewell Series in 1984, when he performed with legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Thirty-five years later, Ax will return for his 14th appearance in the series. The Polish-born, Juilliard-educated pianist who won the Avery Fisher Prize in 1979 will play a program with works by Brahms, Ravel and Chopin. Ax returns; Saturday, March 16, ...
Emanuel Ax joins Sarasota Orchestra for Beethoven concerto / Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The next Sarasota Masterworks performance - scheduled just days after the last one - features a soloist so famous he's the title of the concert. "Ax Plays Beethoven," presented Thursday through Jan. 20, features Emanuel Ax playing Beethoven's Concerto No. 1, and includes Verdi's "La Forza del Destino Overture" and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5. Music Director Anu Tali will lead the program. The Grammy A...
Yefim Bronfman and Emanuel Ax talk 'New York Phil' / Playbill
The New York Philharmonic regularly features first-class soloists from around the world, but it is always a special event when local heroes take the stage. This month two beloved New York–based pianists are joining the Orchestra in concerts that promise to offer spectacular music-making. Yefim Bronfman, who was honored with a seat on the Orchestra's Board after many appearances with the organizatio...
Steinway delivers to some wacky places / New York Post
In May, Daniel Epstein was set to perform Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2. There was just one problem: The standard 7-foot grand at the Broadway Presbyterian Church in Morningside Heights wasn't grand enough. So the Upper West Sider did what any keyboardist of his stature would do: He called Steinway & Sons, picked out a 9-foot concert grand from its Astoria factory, and waited for the company to delive...
Emanuel Ax and Pamela Frank present an unusual evening of Mozart sonatas / HudsonValley360
The music of Mozart filled Ozawa Hall with Emanuel Ax at the piano and Pamela Frank on the violin. The pair presented an unusual evening of his mostly violin sonatas. The first half of the concert was supposed to include sonatas No. 10 and 9, but as the musicians came on stage, Ax took the microphone and explained they were going to open with a different sonata because No. 10 was not the one they had pra...
Piano practice tips from Emanuel Ax / lifehacker
Seven-time grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax still practices his instrument four hours a day-when you play Carnegie Hall, you don't just wing it. And sometimes, he admits, "it's kind of a slog," especially to practice a new piece: something written specifically for him, or something he's never heard. "You get the music, and you try to learn it note by note." In an interview with Lifehacker, Ax recommends...
Emanuel Ax makes powerful statements with modesty and elegance / Berkshire Eagle
Despite the noise coming out of Washington, it is possible to make a powerful statement without resort to boast, bluster and swagger. Consider Emanuel Ax. His piano recital Saturday night as a benefit for the Literacy Network of South Berkshire (LitNet) was a testament to how modesty and elegance can express deeply held values more eloquently than the loudest insult or shout. (And isn't conviction ab...
Watch Emanuel Ax on 'Living the Classical Life'
"Entering a competition is like going to a 7-11 and buying a lottery ticket." Distinguished pianist Emanuel Ax won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, the Avery Fisher Prize, and several Grammy awards, and has been a Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987. He has had works written for him by John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bright Sheng, and ...
The estimable Emanuel Ax closes out Union College Concert Series with a superb program of great diversity / The Daily Gazette
The internationally famous and estimable pianist Emanuel Ax presented a special concert Sunday afternoon at Union College's Memorial Chapel in honor of Stephen C. Ainlay, who will be retiring after 12 years as Union College's president on June 30. The concert also closed the 46th series of the Union College Concert Series. Prior to the performance, Derek Delaney, the series' artistic...
Timeless works by Brahms with Emanuel Ax & Bernard Haitink leading the BSO / MassLive
From Fred Astaire to Pablo Picasso, "The Sun Also Rises" to "Citizen Kane," there's always something new to discover each time we return to great artists and great works of art. The same is true for the music of Johannes Brahms. Classical music fans have heard many of his concertos and symphonies many times over the years. And yet, we keep returning again and again to these timeless works of art. And...
Emanuel Ax returns to the San Francisco Symphony for blockbuster works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schoenberg
Emanuel Ax returns to the San Francisco Symphony and Davies Symphony Hall for an incredible program featuring a 'blockbuster' works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schoenberg which he will undoubtedly unleash his fantastic 'lyrical and lustrous' talents upon. Also featured is Strauss' tone poem, an entertaining ode to mischievous German peasant folk hero, Till Eulenspeigels, who, as legend ...
Emanuel Ax plays Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto with CSO on Illinois Public Media - Evening Concert
Tonight at 7:00 on the Evening Concert on FM 90.9 it's the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast. Emanuel Ax is the soloist in Beethoven's "4th Piano Concerto". Michael Tilson Thomas guest conducts. Also on the program, Sibelius' "2nd Symphony" and Stravinsky's "Scherzo a la russe". Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Sibelius Stravinsky: Scherzo á la russe Beethoven: P...
Breakfast with Emanuel Ax / The Berkshire Eagle
For eminent pianist Emanuel Ax - "Manny" to one and all - this is an especially sweet Berkshires summer. For the first time, he has cleared his concert schedule, except for several performances at Tanglewood, so he can spend quality time with his wife Yoko, a pianist he met at music school 43 years ago, and visiting with his children and grandchildren from mid-June to September at their beloved country h...
Emanuel Ax, Anne Akiko Meyers & ZOFO on Performance Today
Pianist Emanuel Ax has won seven Grammy Awards, an Avery Fisher Prize, and he's soloed with the New York Philharmonic more than a hundred times. On Thursday's Performance Today, Emanuel Ax gives a thrilling performance of Beethoven's last piano concerto, the Emperor Concerto. Anne Akiko Meyers, one of the world's most celebrated violinists, is known for her passionate performanc...
Emanuel Ax joins Kansas City Symphony for summertime energy at Helzberg Hall / Kansas City Star review
The esteemed Emanuel Ax joined the Kansas City Symphony, conducted by Michael Stern, for a concert of summertime energy in Helzberg Hall on Friday. Claude Debussy's "Jeux, Poème dansé" was a scenic display of ephemeral colors, like a garden set to music, a garden partially returned to the wild, with hidden paths and swells of shadow. Though originally written as a ballet, the music for "Jeu...
Emanuel Ax sells out Skyline Piano Series / The Daily Northwestern
Seven-time Grammy award winner Emanuel Ax sold out Mary B. Galvin Hall on Wednesday night, performing a recital consisting of impromptus, including many written by a composer from his native land - Frédéric Chopin. Ax is a collaborator with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and this was his first time performing at Northwestern. He was the most recent recipient of the Bienen School of M...
Emanuel Ax joins Brad Wilber on his 50th NewYorkTimes crossword
I got so excited for the constructor Brad Wilber when I read the byline for today's ( Wed. 4/19/17) puzzle. If I had to dream up a perfect pairing for a collaborative crossword, it would be the classical pianist Emanuel Ax and music lover Mr. Wilber. And what a way to celebrate one's 50th contribution to The New York Times Crossword! Today we have another in the series of celebrity-constructed puzzle...
Emanuel Ax gives thrilling performance of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto on Performance Today
Pianist Emanuel Ax has won seven Grammy Awards, an Avery Fisher Prize, and he's soloed with the New York Philharmonic more than a hundred times. On Tuesday's Performance Today, Emanuel Ax gives a thrilling performance of Beethoven's last piano concerto, the Emperor Concerto. Hour 1 Felix Mendelssohn : String Quintet in B-flat Major: Movement 2 Ian Swensen, violin; Jorja Fleeza...
Emanuel Ax offers thoughtfully conceived program at Merrill Auditorium / Portland Press Herald
At his Merrill Auditorium recital on Saturday afternoon, pianist Emanuel Ax played the kind of thoughtfully conceived program that has become his hallmark over a 40-plus-year career. True, if you give his program only a cursory glance, it might seem commonplace, given that it was mostly Chopin and Schubert, with one new work, by Samuel Adams. But beneath the surface, the program, presented by Portland Ov...
Emanuel Ax sells out Eastman School performance / Rochester City Newspaper
The illustrious pianist Emanuel Ax arrives in Rochester on Monday with an excellent program of intimate impromptus, both classic and new. Ax will present Franz Schubert's alluring and enigmatic Four Impromptus alongside rising contemporary composer Samuel Adams' "Impromptu 2 'After Schubert.'" The program also features music by arguably the most beloved composer for the piano, Fréd...
Emanuel Ax is masterful with Seattle Symphony in Beethoven - Emperor Concerto / Seattle Times review
One of the great pleasures of concertgoing is the chance to hear a classic masterpiece performed by an absolute master. Lucky Seattle Symphony fans had this opportunity on Thursday evening – and will have it again on Feb. 4, when Emanuel Ax returns to the keyboard for another round with Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto. When Ax plays a concerto, it's a collaborative event with the orchestra and c...
Emanuel Ax & CSO celebrate 40 years of collaboration with Beethoven - Emperor Concerto / SymphonyCast
Legendary pianist Emanuel 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. His other recordings include the concertos of Liszt and Schoenberg, three solo Brahms albums, an album of tangos by Astor Piazzolla, and the...
A double dose of Emanuel Ax on Houston Symphony broadcast / Houston Public Media
Tune in for this Sunday's (1/29) concert on Houston Public Media's News 88.7 or Wednesday (2/1) on Classical at 8 PM for a double dose of Emanuel Ax.
The first piece on the program is fitting! Maurice Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales (Noble and Sentimental Waltzes) is a work originally for piano, inspired by another set of piano works from Franz Schubert… though the...
Emanuel Ax set for Green Music Center's - Weill Hall / Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Although he is a man of few words, veteran pianist Emanuel Ax always chooses each one wisely, hitting just the right note of modesty, with a sprinkling of common sense and self-deprecating wit. "Piano playing is difficult, and making things sound good is hard," Ax said in a phone interview from his home on the Upper West Side of New York. "You have to make it sound like the music is as good as it is. All...
Emanuel Ax plays world premiere of HK Gruber's Piano Concerto with NYPhil / New York Classical Review
To hear Emanuel Ax's performance of HK Gruber's Piano Concerto Thursday night with the New York Philharmonic, one might imagine he'd been playing the piece his whole life, it sounded so seasoned and "lived in." It was enough to make one open the program again and stare in wonder at the words, "World Premiere." Although the pianist was playing with a score open on the piano, neither ...
Orlando Philharmonic takes a dramatic turn With Emanuel Ax / Orlando Sentinel
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra went for drama in an enjoyable performance Saturday night. Nothing could detract from the music, which included a world premiere by composer Lisa Bielawa, and a performance by Emanuel Ax. The renowned pianist led the orchestra through Beethoven's Concerto No. 2. The concerto is full of call-and-respond moments between the piano and the orchestra, but even when Ax...
Emanuel Ax reflects on 40 years of CSO concerts / Cincinnati.com
Not many musicians can claim a 40-year relationship with an orchestra, but pianist Emanuel Ax has been coming to Cincinnati since 1976. Ax, who is "Manny" to his many musical friends, was born in Lvov, Poland, and grew up in Winnepeg, Canada. His career was catapulted in 1974, when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition. Just two years later, he made his debut with the Cincinn...
Emanuel Ax, Charles Dutoit & BSO in fine form at Tanglewood / MassLive
Where was pianist Emanuel Ax on Friday night at Tanglewood when the audience was giving him and the Boston Symphony Orchestra a standing ovation? You could see Ax, just off stage. But as the crowd was urging him to come back out for another bow, Ax was doing some coaxing of his own. He was waving his arms and waiting to come back on stage until he was joined by conductor Charles Dutoit. That ...
Emanuel Ax brings powerful Beethoven interpretation to Carnegie Hall / The New York Times
Describing a pianist's performance as unhinged might seem like an unlikely compliment. But the adjective could be applied in the most flattering terms to Emanuel Ax's engrossing interpretation of Beethoven's "Pathétique" Sonata on Wednesday evening at Carnegie Hall. The sonata was included on an all-Beethoven lineup, with two popular sonatas bookending three lesser-known pieces. Mr. Ax...
Emanuel Ax plays Broward Center Classical Series / South Florida Classical Review
In 1974 a young Juilliard School student strode out on the stage of what was then the Miami Beach Auditorium (now the Jackie Gleason Theater) to perform Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Miami Beach Symphony. The semi-professional orchestra (long defunct) was scrappy at best, yet the pianist made a strong impression. Later that year the same artist–Emanuel Ax–would win the Arthur Rub...
Ax, Heras-Casado deliver grandeur and excitement with New World Symphony / South Florida Classical Review
As he walked on stage Saturday night, white-haired and slightly bent, Emanuel Ax may not have seemed an obvious candidate to perform one of the world's most heroic piano concertos. Yet when he sat at the keyboard at the Arsht Center in Miami, he rolled out the sweeping opening of the Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, known as the "Emperor," with an authority and grandeur few pianists could match. What fo...
Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax in for Virginia Arts Festival 2016 lineup / Daily Press
The Virginia Arts Festival celebrates its 20th season in 2016, and the occasion marks the return of several internationally known artists who have performed here over the years. Violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax are three of the big names put forth at Wednesday night's season announcement. Also returning will be the Virginia International Tattoo, Alvin Ailey American Danc...
Emanuel Ax interview with WRTI: Philadelphia
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Ttranscript - One of the truly great pianists on the scene for decades now is Emanuel Ax. Known for his interpretations of the classical concerto repertoire with orchestras around the world, he is also a soloist and collaborator of wide range. From Beethoven to Hans Werner Henze to contemporary music, and even to Chopin on period keyboards,...