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Emanuel Ax & Yefim Bronfman

  • Piano Duo

Biography

Emanuel Ax & Yefim Bronfman: As a "Perspectives" artist at Carnegie Hall for the 2007-08 season, Mr. Bronfman will partner with some of the world's greatest orchestras and conductors including the Vienna Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Mariss Jansons, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra with James Levine, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Within the scope of the seven concerts he has curated, he will play repertoire ranging from solo piano, chamber, and orchestral by composers from Mozart to Prokofiev and Berg to Dalbavie. The fall begins with a tour of Japan with the Kirov Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev and a solo recital tour beginning during the visit to Japan and traversing the US to culminate in Carnegie Hall in December and continuing in Vienna, Paris, and Berlin in the spring. With orchestra, he will appear with the Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, New Jersey, and Toronto symphony orchestras and will conclude the season with the west coast premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen's piano concerto with Salonen conducting to be recorded live for later CD release.

Mr. Ax captured public attention in 1974 when, at age 25, he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists and, four years later, took the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. He has been an exclusive Sony Classical recording artist since 1987, making his debut on that label with a collection of Chopin scherzos and mazurkas. Mr. Ax's third volume in the recording cycle of Haydn Piano Sonatas (Nos. 29, 31, 34, 35, 49) received a Grammy Award in February 2004, following the previous recording in the cycle (Sonata Nos. 47, 53, 32, 59), also a Grammy winner. Recent releases include Strauss' "Enoch Arden" narrated by Patrick Stewart (June 2007); two discs of two-piano programs (with Yefim Bronfman) of works by  Brahms and Rachmaninoff; period-instrument performances of Chopin's complete works for piano and orchestra (on two discs); and a reissue of both Brahms Piano Concerti with Bernard Haitink and James Levine. Additional notable recordings are the two Liszt concerti paired with the Schoenberg Concerto, three solo Brahms albums, an album of tangos by Astor Piazzolla, and the premiere recording of John Adams' "Century Rolls" with the Cleveland Orchestra for Nonesuch.