Event details

  • Monday | 18th September, 2017
  • 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • First Presbyterian Church
    540 William Hilton Parkway
    Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
  • 843-842-2055
  • John Morris Russell

    Emanuel Ax

World-renowned pianist, Emanuel Ax is considered one of the finest concert pianists of the 21st century. He is a Grammy award-winning, Polish-born naturalized Ameri- can classical pianist, an internationally acclaimed per- former, a teacher on the faculty of The Juilliard School and the main duo recital partner of cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

MOZART         Piano Concerto No. 19
HAYDN            Armida Overture
MOZART         Piano Concerto No. 27 


From 1970, when Ax graduated from Columbia Univer- sity with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French, he partici- pated in many major international competitions, includ- ing the Vianna da Motta in Portugal, the Queen Elisabeth in Belgium and the Chopin in Warsaw. However, it was in 1974 that he won the inaugural Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv. It was this win that sparked the beginning of Ax’s successful career as a concert pianist. He continues to perform around eighty concerts a year.

Emanuel Ax has been an exclusive Sony Classical recording artist since 1987. Recent releases include Strauss’s Enoch Arden narrated by Patrick Stewart; discs of two-piano music by Johannes Brahms and Sergei Rachmaninov with Yefim Bronfman; and soon to be released Felix Mendelssohn Trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman. Ax has received Grammy awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas, and has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honor- ary doctorates of music from Yale and Columbia Universities.