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Grammy award-winning pianist Emanuel Ax, renowned for his unsurpassed virtuosity and the exceptional breadth of his worldwide performing activities, will appear in recital on March 17 on the Chamber Music Society of Detroit’s (CMSD) Opus 3 Piano Series. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Seligman Performing Arts Center on the campus of the Detroit Country Day School.
“We are fortunate to have the opportunity locally to hear a pianist of Emanuel Ax’s international stature performing in a solo recital,” said Lois Beznos, president of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, in a statement. “I hope concertgoers will not miss this rare opportunity to hear Mr. Ax and to enjoy the performance in Seligman Performing Arts Center, an acoustically excellent hall.”
Each season, Ax’s performing career includes appearances with major symphony orchestras in the United States and abroad, recitals in the world’s most celebrated concert halls, a variety of chamber music collaborations, the commissioning and performance of new music, and additions to his acclaimed discography on Sony Classical. He first captured public attention in 1974 when, at age 25, he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition. In 1975, he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists and four years later, took the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. He has been an exclusive Sony Classical recording artist since 1987. His third volume in the recording cycle of Haydn Piano Sonatas (Nos. 29, 31, 34, 35, 49) received a Grammy Award in February 2004. A previous recording in the cycle (Sonata Nos. 47, 53, 32, 59) also won a Grammy.
The pianist contributed to a BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and which was awarded a 2005 International Emmy.
Long devoted to chamber music literature, Ax has worked regularly with such artists as Young Uck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Serkin and Jaime Laredo. He was a frequent collaborator with the late Isaac Stern. He has made a series of acclaimed recordings with Yo-Yo Ma and, as a duo, they have won three Grammy Awards for the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano.
Single concert tickets are available now and priced from $41 to $75; students $25. Single tickets for all 2006-2007 concerts and subscriptions may be purchased by calling the Chamber Music Society of Detroit Ticket Service at (248) 855-6070.
8 p.m. March 17
Seligman Performing Arts Center