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Pianist Emanual Ax to Perform at Susquehanna University

Published on February 22, 2012

Emanuel AxAcclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax will perform a solo recital at Susquehanna University on Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. in the Degenstein Center Theater. The program is presented by the Stella Freeman Weis Cultural Endowment.

An exclusive Sony Classical recording artist since 1987, 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 of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Recent releases include Strauss's “Enoch Arden,” narrated by Patrick Stewart; discs of two-piano music by Brahms and Rachmaninoff with Yefim Bronfman; and soon-to-be-released “Mendelssohn Trios” with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman. 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' “Century Rolls” with the Cleveland Orchestra for Nonesuch Records.

A renowned pianist at the age of 25, Ax studied at the Juilliard School with support from the Epstein Scholarship Program of the Boys Clubs of America, subsequently winning the Young Concert Artists Award. Ax captured public attention in 1974 when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Israel. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, followed four years later by the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.

“Each year, the Stella Freeman Weis Cultural Endowment brings a world-class artist to the Susquehanna Valley as a gift to the community,” said Valerie Martin, dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Communications. “Emanuel Ax is one of the finest solo and collaborative pianists in the world, with Grammy Awards as well as other accolades earned throughout his career. It's an outstanding program presented by an outstanding musician.”

At Susquehanna, Ax will perform solo piano repertoire by Beethoven, Schumann, Copland and Haydn. While the concert is free and open to the public, tickets are required for seating. They are available by visiting or calling the Susquehanna University box office at 570-372-ARTS, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

The Stella Freeman Weis Cultural Endowment annually sponsors critically acclaimed artists in performance at Susquehanna. The fund was established in 1976 by Robert and Patricia Weis in memory of his mother.

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