Emanuel Ax

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Emanuel Ax CC '70 is a famed classical pianist. He has won a John Jay Award, a University Medal for Excellence, and was presented with an honorary Doctor of Music degree at the 2008 Commencement. At Columbia he majored in French.

Ax performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, London Philharmonic and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester in Berlin. He holds the Avery Fisher Prize, the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, and in 1974 he was the first winner of the Arthur Rubenstein International Piano Competition. Recipient of several Grammy Awards, Ax has been an exclusive Sony Classical recording artist since 1987. He has performed with Yefim Bronfman, Edgar Meyer, Myung-Whun Chung, Sir Simon Rattle and Yo-Yo Ma.