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Emanuel  Ax

Emanuel Ax

Emanuel  Ax

*8 VI 1949 Lwów

Emanuel Ax began to study piano with his father at the age of six. When he was eight the family moved to Warsaw and then two years later to Canada where he continued to study music. In 1961 the family moved to New York and Ax continued his studies at the Juilliard School of Music under Mieczysław Munz.

Ax performs works by contemporary composers such as John Adams, Christopher Rouse, also Sir Michael Tippett, Hans Werner Henze, Joseph Schwantner and Paul Hindemith, as well as Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin.

He regularly performs duo recitals with Yo-Yo Ma and also played quartets with him and violinists Isaac Stern and Jaime Laredo. Before the quartet had to disband in 2001 due to the death of Stern, they recorded works by Brahms, Fauré, Beethoven, Schumann and Mozart.


  • 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):

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

Emanuel Ax in Youtube:
Ax Emanuel  Mazurka in C sharp minor,  & Waltz a minor op. 34 no. 2

Taken from „Holocaust - A music memorial film from Auschwitz”

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Ax Emanuel  Scherzo in B minor,
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