Budapest Festival Orchestra

Emanuel Ax

Born in Lvov in the former Soviet Union, 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, and he subsequently won the Young Concert Artists Award. He captured public attention in 1974 when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1979 he won the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. Following his debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker at the BBC Proms and Lucerne Festival in Summer 2017, Emanuel BEGAN the current season in partnership with frequent collaborator David Robertson performing six Mozart concerti over two weeks in St. Louis, repeating the project in Sydney in February. He returned to Europe in October for performances of Beethoven’s Emperor concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, and an extensive tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Ivan Fischer including performances in Amsterdam, Paris and Budapest among others. In 2017 Emanuel gave the World and European Premières of Heinz Karl Gruber’s Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic and Berliner Philharmoniker. In Spring 2018 Emanuel will revisit this work with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Tonhalle Zurich, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony. Emanuel has been an exclusive Sony Classical artist since 1987.

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