Emanuel Ax has received Grammy Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn's piano sonatas.
Press release – Acclaimed as one of the greatest piano virtuosos of the last 40 years, Emanuel Ax will perform works of Brahms, Schumann, Ravel and Chopin at a performance of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival on Friday, March 22.
This very special 7:30 PM concert will be held at Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road on Amelia Island. Mr. Ax will meet and greet concertgoers at a reception in the church’s Fellowship Hall after the concert. Tickets and complete information about the Festival’s 2019 season are available at www.aicmf.com or 904-261-1779.
Over the years, Emanuel Ax has performed at most of the world’s leading concert venues as a recitalist, chamber musician and with many of the greatest symphony orchestras. He appears regularly at the BBC Proms, Blossom Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart Festival, Tanglewood Festival, and Ravinia Festival, among many others. Frequent chamber music collaborators have included Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, and Young Uck Kim.
Born in Poland to parents who survived Nazi concentration camps, he took up the piano at age six. Mr. Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family as a young boy and later received a Diploma from the Julliard School of Music. He 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.
Mr. Ax has received Grammy Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas. He also has made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. Mr. Ax was Artist-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic for the 2012-13 season. He has been on the Julliard faculty since 1990.
Upcoming concerts of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s 2019 season include the Christiania Piano Quartet on March 31; the Dover Quartet on April 6; and the season finale on April 26 with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and classical guitarist Jason Vieaux.
About the AICMF
Now in its 18th season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is one of the nation’s most renowned music festivals. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.