Born in Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Canada with his family as 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. Ax captured public attention in 1974 when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv.
An exclusive Sony Classical recording artist since 1987, Ax’s recent releases include Mendelssohn Trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, and discs of two-piano music by Brahms and Rachmaninoff with Yefim Bronfman. Ax has received several Grammy® awards for both his solo recordings and his collaborations.
Recently, Ax has focused on the music of 20th-century composers, premiering works by John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bright Sheng, and Melinda Wagner. Ax is also devoted to chamber music, working regularly with such artists as Young Uck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Serkin and Jaime Laredo.
Ax will conduct a Master Class on Tuesday, May 8 at noon at the Dalton Center Recital Hall on the campus of Western Michigan University.