An Evening with Emanuel Ax


SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

(San Antonio, TX) – The San Antonio Symphony kicks off its 2017-2018 Symphony season with a special performance featuring the internationally renowned Emanuel Ax. The Grammy Award-winning pianist joins the Symphony for a spectacular one-night-only concert on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 8pm in the H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. A highpoint of the season, the concert features an epic all-Beethoven program with the Symphony’s magnetic Music Director, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, at the helm.

Tickets are on sale now at the Tobin Center Box Office. Purchase online, via phone at 210-223-8624 and in-person at the Tobin Center Box Office (100 Auditorium Circle 78205). Tickets are $45, $60, $75, $100, $150, and $165.

An Evening with Emanuel Ax

September 16, 2017 @ 8pm

H-E-B Performance Hall

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano
Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5, “Emperor”
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Emanuel Ax

Born in Lvov, Poland, 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. Additionally, he attended Columbia University where he majored in French. Mr. Ax 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.

A Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987, recent releases include Mendelssohn Trios with Yo-Yo- Ma and Itzhak Perlman, Strauss’s Enoch Arden narrated by Patrick Stewart, and discs of two-piano music by Brahms and Rachmaninoff with Yefim Bronfman. Mr. Ax has received GRAMMY® Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas. He has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. His other recordings include the concertos of Liszt and Schoenberg, three solo Brahms albums, an album of tangos by Astor Piazzolla, and the premiere recording of John Adams’s Century Rolls with the Cleveland Orchestra for Nonesuch. In the 2004/05 season Mr. Ax also contributed to an International EMMY® Award-Winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In 2013, Mr. Ax’s recording Variations received the Echo Klassik Award for Solo Recording of the Year (19th century music)/Piano.

In recent years, Mr. Ax has turned his attention toward the music of 20th-century composers, premiering works by John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bright Sheng, and Melinda Wagner. Mr. Ax is also devoted to chamber music, and has worked regularly with such artists as Young Uck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Mr. Ma, Edgar Meyer, Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, and the late Isaac Stern.

Mr. Ax resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Yoko Nozaki. They have two children together, Joseph and Sarah. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates of music from Yale and Columbia Universities.

About the San Antonio Symphony

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