During the 2023/24 season Emanuel Ax will focus on the world premiere of Anders Hillborg’s 2nd piano concerto – the MAX Concerto - commissioned for him by the San Francisco Symphony and Esa-Pekka Salonen with subsequent performances in Stockholm and New York. A continuation of the ‘Beethoven For 3’ touring and recording project with partners Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma will take them to the mid-west in January and Athens in June.
Emanuel embarks on two major European tours - performing with Concertgebouworkest under Myung-Whun Chung in Amsterdam, Milan, Paris and Hamburg, and with Bayerisches Staatsorchester under Vladimir Jurowski in Munich, Lugano and Bologna. He will also appear in concert with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Czech Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, with conductors Mikko Franck, Franz Welser-Möst, Robin Ticciati and Alan Gilbert.
In recital Emanuel will perform the music of Beethoven and Schönberg around the US, culminating at Carnegie Hall in April. European recitals include Het Concertgebouw, Conservatorio G Verdi Milan and Klavier-Festival Ruhr.
Emanuel is a committed exponent of contemporary composers, and as well as the Anders Hillborg, he has premiered works by Krzysztof Penderecki, John Adams, Samuel Adams, HK Gruber, Christopher Rouse, Bright Sheng and Melinda Wagner.
Emanuel has been a Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987 and following the success of the Brahms Trios with Kavakos and Ma, the trio launched an ambitious, multi-year project to record all the Beethoven Trios and Symphonies arranged for trio of which the first two discs have recently been released. He 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.