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Ax, Emanuel

piano competition music soloist

Ax, Emanuel, outstanding Polish-born American pianist; b. Lwow, June 8, 1949. He began to play the violin at age 6, but soon turned to the piano and studied with his father, a coach at the Lwów Opera. The family settled in N.Y. in 1961 and he pursued piano training with Mieczystaw Munz at the Juilliard School of Music. In 1969 he made a concert tour of South America. He received his B.A. in French from Columbia Univ. in 1970, the same year that he became a naturalized American citizen. After placing 7 th in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1970 and the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition in Brussels in 1972, he took 3 rd place in the Vianna da Motta Competition in Lisbon in 1971. On March 12, 1973, he made his N.Y. debut at Alice Tully Hall. He captured 1 st place in the first Artur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv in 1974, and then made his first extensive tour of the U.S. In 1977 he made his London debut. He was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1979. In subsequent years, he was engaged as a soloist with most of the world’s leading orchs., and he also toured widely as a recitalist. He likewise pursued an active career as a chamber music artist, often appearing with Yo-Yo Ma. In addition to Ax’s remarkable performances of the Classical and Romantic masterworks, he has demonstrated a searching insight into works of the modern era, including those by Schoen-berg, Copland, Tippett, Henze, and Lieberson. He also was the soloist in the premieres of John Adams’s Piano Concerto, Century Rolls (Cleveland, Sept. 25, 1997) and Christopher Rouse’s Seeing for Piano and Orch. (N.Y., May 6, 1999).

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