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Breakfast with Emanuel Ax / The Berkshire Eagle

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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 home. Sure, he practices up to five hours a day, Ax acknowledged over a simple breakfast at No. Six Depot this past week. And he's studying scores for his 2017-18 season, maintaining an annual schedule of about 95 concerts. But at 68, Ax is savoring the prospect of more down time at his year-round second home here in the Berkshires. When he was 7, Ax started studying piano and simply enjoyed it - "I think it's more a matter of desire than sheer talent. I've been very lucky."

PHOTO: NINA COCHRAN - THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE

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