Born in modern day 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 made his New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series, and 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.
"Ax’s playing is always marvelously articulate and totally unfussy. Nothing is done for effect or to draw attention to the player rather than to what he is playing; though his range of touch and keyboard colour is consummately wide, it is never used cosmetically." - The Guardian
Taking the Shannon Hall stage for the eighth time, Ax celebrates Beethoven's 250th birthday.
Bagatelle No.25 in A minor, WoO 59, “Für Elise” .................................................Beethoven (1770-1827)
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2
I. Allegro vivace
II. Largo appassionato
III. Scherzo: Allegretto
IV. Rondo: Grazioso
Six variations on an original theme for piano in F major, Op.34
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1
III. Menuetto – Allegretto
Five variations for piano on “Rule, Britannia!”, WoO 79
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3
I. Allegro con brio
III. Scherzo: Allegro
IV. Allegro assai
More information about Emanuel Ax can be found on his website.
Join Andrea Fowler for a free and unticketed pre-concert lecture at 6pm in The Play Circle.
Andrea Fowler is a Ph.D. Candidate in Musicology with a minor in Contemporary American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, completing her dissertation on composer Julius Eastman. She also holds an MM in Musicology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, an MA in Vocal Performance from Truman State University, and a BS in Music Education from Missouri Western State University. Areas of research interest include minimalism, American experimental traditions, film music, and wide variety of topics concerning music and race.
Generous support by: Robert and Linda Graebner
Celebrating 100 Years of Classical Music Excellence
The Wisconsin Union Theater's Concert Series is the longest running classical music series in the Midwest. For the past 99 years, renowned musicians admired throughout the world have graced our stage. The tradition continues with the 100th Anniversary Concert Series. The Wisconsin Union Theater is more than a concert hall - it is an inspiration to students and a proud home for remarkable performances from throughout the world. We remain committed to presenting the very best musical talent without compromise, the great musicians of our time will captivate and delight you with excellent performances.