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Bernard Haitink's conducting career began 60 years ago with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in his native Holland. He went on to be Chief Conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra for 27 years, as well as Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is Patron of the Radio Philharmonic, and Conductor Emeritus of the Boston Symphony, as well as an honorary member of both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
The 2014/15 season began with an anniversary concert with the Radio Philharmonic in the Concertgebouw, and will include return visits to the Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, opening their season with the Missa Solemnis, four programmes with the London Symphony Orchestra in London, Madrid and Paris, and the conclusion of a Brahms cycle with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Amsterdam and Paris. He also conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in the Baden-Baden Easter Festival, and revisits the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras.
He is committed to the development of young musical talent, and gives an annual Conducting Masterclass at the Lucerne Easter Festival. This season in addition he gives conducting classes to students of the Hochschule der Kunst, Zurich in collaboration with the Musikkollegium Winterthur, and a workshop with students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in conjunction with players from the London Symphony Orchestra.
Bernard Haitink has an extensive discography for Phillips, Decca and EMI, as well as the many new live recording labels established by orchestras themselves in recent years, such as the London Symphony, Chicago Symphony and Bayerischer Rundfunk. He has received many awards and honours in recognition of his services to music, including several honorary doctorates, an honorary Knighthood and Companion of Honour in the United Kingdom, and the House Order of Orange-Nassau in the Netherlands.
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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.
Always a committed exponent of contemporary composers with works
written for him by John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Krzysztof
Penderecki, Bright Sheng, and Melinda Wagner already in his
repertoire, the 2016/2017 season will feature two newly
commissioned works. With the New York Philharmonic conducted by
Alan Gilbert, January will bring the world premiere of HK Gruber's
Piano Concerto followed in March by the European premiere with the
Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle. In recitals throughout
the season his program will include works by Schubert and Chopin
partnered with "Impromptus (2015-2016)" by Samuel Adams
commissioned by Music Accord and inspired by Schubert. His ongoing
relationship with the Boston Symphony will include visits with them
to Carnegie Hall, Montreal, and Toronto; with the Cleveland
Orchestra Mr. Ax will appear as the featured artist for their Gala
opening concert of the season. As a regular visitor he will return
to the orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco,
Cincinnati, Toronto, Seattle, Milwaukee, and Detroit.
A Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987, recent
releases include Mendelssohn Trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak
Perlman, Strauss' Enoch Arden narrated by Patrick Stewart, and
discs of two-piano music by Brahms and Rachmaninoff with Yefim
Bronfman. In 2015 Deutche Grammophon released a duo recording with
Mr. Perlman of Sonatas by Faure and Strauss which the two artists
presented on tour during the 2015/2016 season. Mr. 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 with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms
sonatas for cello and piano. 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. In the 2004/05 season Mr. Ax also contributed to an
International EMMY® Award-Winning BBC documentary commemorating the
Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of
Auschwitz. In 2013, Mr. Ax's recording Variations received the Echo
Klassik Award for Solo Recording of the Year (19th century
A frequent and committed partner for chamber music, he has
worked regularly with such artists as Young Uck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin,
Mr. Ma, Edgar Meyer, Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, and the late Isaac
Mr. Ax resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Yoko
Nozaki. They have two children together, Joseph and Sarah. He is a
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds
honorary doctorates of music from Yale and Columbia Universities.
For more information about Mr. Ax's career, please visit www.EmanuelAx.com.
Emanuel Ax, piano