The Gilmore

Pre-concert talk begins at 7:00 PM. Free to ticket holders.

This concert is endowed by Roger Gauntlett in honour of Uncle Irving.

Always a Festival favorite, Emanuel Ax is a Grammy-winning American classical pianist. He is an internationally acclaimed performer and a teacher on the faculty of the Juilliard School. Ax makes his fifth Gilmore Festival appearance, performing a concert that includes two major works of Brahms along with new works by American composers Brett Dean and Missy Mazzoli.


Brahms Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 2
Brahms/Brett Dean Klavierstücke, Op. 119; Hommage a Brahms for solo piano (New work)
Missy Mazzoli Bolts of Loving Thunder
Brahms Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Program Notes (PDF, 19 KB)

Emanuel Ax

Emanuel Ax

Born in Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was 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. He attended Columbia University, where he majored in French. Ax captured public attention in 1974 when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, followed four years later by the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.

In recent years, Ax has turned his attention toward 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 and has worked regularly with such artists as Young Uck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, and the late Isaac Stern.

Ax resides in New York City and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds honorary doctorates of music from Yale and Columbia Universities.