Emanuel Axis a Polish-American pianist. He won the Rubinstein Competition in 1974 and was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1979.
Ax is a particular supporter of contemporary composers and has given three world premieres in the last few seasons; “Century Rolls” by John Adams, “Seeing” by Christopher Rouse and “Red Silk Dance” by Bright Sheng. He also performs works by such diverse figures as Sir Michael Tippett, Hans Werner Henze, Joseph Schwantner and Paul Hindemith, as well as more traditional composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin.
Ax regularly performs duo recitals with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and played quartets with Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo and Yo-Yo Ma. Though the quartet had to disband in 2001 when Stern died, they recorded works for Sony by Brahms, Fauré, Beethoven, Schumann and Mozart.