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Emanuel Ax

  • Pianist
  • Teacher


Emanuel Ax Awards and recognitions

1974 - Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv
1979 - Avery Fisher Prize in New York
Award of Excellence, The International Center in New York
Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance:

Emanuel Ax & Yo-Yo Ma for Brahms: Cello and Piano Sonatas in E Minor and F (1986)
Emanuel Ax & Yo-Yo Ma for Beethoven: Cello and Piano Sonata No. 4 in C & Variations (1987)
Emanuel Ax, Jaime Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma & Isaac Stern for Brahms: Piano Quartets (Op. 25 and 26) (1992)
Emanuel Ax & Yo-Yo Ma for Brahms: Sonatas for Cello & Piano (1993)
Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma & Richard Stoltzman for Brahms/Beethoven/Mozart: Clarinet Trios (1996)
Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra):

Emanuel Ax for Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Nos. 32, 47, 53, 59 (1995)
Emanuel Ax for Haydn: Piano Sonatas Nos. 29, 31, 34, 35 & 49 (2004)



'...Beautiful sound and playing as well as superior musicianship-the reliable Ax mix....'BBC Music Magazine

Emanuel Ax recent press reviews


Philharmonia Orchestra/Salonen

' avuncular veteran who could never be accused of reticence or wispiness. There were moments in the slow movement when we could have done with more of both. Yet elsewhere Ax was magisterial. I loved the epic sweep to his interpretation, but also the touches of rubato, and the bell-like sonorities he drew from the Steinway’s upper register.

Best of all, however, was his visible sense of enjoyment: enjoyment not only of Beethoven’s music, but also of his colleagues’ contributions. So many pianists today appear cocooned in gloomy self-absorption. To find one who actually seems delighted to tinkle the old ivories — especially after so many decades in the job — is a real bonus..”

The Times