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Grammy Winner Emanuel Ax Performs Solo Piano Recital

Grammy Winner Emanuel Ax Performs Solo Piano Recital at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – Pianist Emanuel Ax performs a solo recital at Soka Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 for adults; $40 for students, seniors, and active military families; and $37 each for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

This will be Ax’s third solo piano recital at Soka Performing Arts Center in its short history. This concert’s program will include Mozart’s Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K. 533/494; Liszt’s Tre Sonetti di Petrarca, Bach’s Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829; and Beethoven’s Andante Favori in F, WoO 57 and Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53.

Ax received Grammy Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas. Additionally, Ax made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. His recent releases include Mendelssohn Piano 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. In 2013, Ax’s recording, Variations, received the Echo Klassik Award for Solo Recording of the Year (19th century music/piano). In the 2004-05 season, Ax contributed to an International Emmy Award-winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust which aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. 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.

Born in Lvov, Poland, Ax later moved to Winnipeg, Canada, and studied at the Juilliard School and also attended Columbia University where he majored in French. 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, Ax won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists followed four years later by the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. Ax currently resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Yoko Nozaki. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates of music from Yale and Columbia universities.