Emanuel AxEmanuel Ax, piano

“His greatness, his overwhelming authority as musician, technician and probing intellect emerges quickly as he plays. Within minutes, we are totally captured by his intensity and pianistic achievement.” – Los Angeles Times


Franz Schubert Four Impromptus, D. 935 (Op. 142) Program Notes
Frédéric Chopin Four Impromptus, Opp. 29, 36, 51, & 66 Program Notes
Samuel Adams Impromptu: After Schubert Program Notes
Frédéric Chopin Sonata in B minor, Op. 58 Program Notes

On February 26, the legendary pianist Emanuel Ax will grace our stage for the first time. Hailed the world over as one of the paramount musical artists of our age, he will offer a ruminative set of Impromptus by Schubert, Chopin, and the young American composer Samuel Adams, followed by his signature interpretation of Chopin’s great Sonata in B minor. This dramatic work ranges across a panoramic musical terrain, at times majestic, at times tragic, culminating in the tour-de-force finale regarded as one of the most technically daring movements in the entire piano repertoire.

Emanuel Ax performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 (excerpt):

Emanuel Ax discusses Chopin’s piano music: