Pianist Emanuel Ax was born in Lvov, Poland, and performs in recital and with major symphony orchestras aroundt the world. He appears regularly at the BBC Proms, Blossom Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart Festival, the Tanglewood Festival, and Ravinia Festival, among many others. Frequent chamber music performance collaborators incluse Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, and Young Uck Kim. Among his many world premieres of 20th- and 21st-century music include Joseph Schwantner’s Piano Concerto with the St. Louis Symphony under Leonard Slatkin (1988). He has recorded more than 20 discs for RCA records and has been an exclusive Sony Classical recording artist since 1987. He received Grammy Awards in 1985 and 1986 for recordings of Brahms and Beethoven with Yo-Yo Ma. He was also the winner of the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in 1974, the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists in 1975, and the Avery Fisher Prize in 1979.
Ax holds a Diploma from Juilliard where he was a student of Mieczylaw Munz, and did his graduate work at Columbia University. He has been on the Juilliard faculty since 1990.