Sarasota Concert Association presents Emanuel Ax April 3 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The renowned pianist will perform works by Mozart, Liszt, Bach and Beethoven.

An extremely satisfying pianist; at home in a wide variety of music.”

—The Washington Post


“His greatness and overwhelming authority as a musician emerges quickly. We were totally captured by his intensity.”

—Los Angeles Times


(Sarasota, Florida) The Sarasota Concert Association’s 2018 Great Performers Series season concludes with the return of the renowned pianist Emanuel Ax, Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. The evening’s program includes Mozart’s Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K, 533/494; Liszt’s Tre Sonetti di Petrarca; Bach’s Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829; and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53. Individual tickets are $30 to $90. Tickets and information for the Great Performers Series are available by calling 941-225-6500 or online at

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. 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.

In his 40-year career, Ax has enjoyed playing in chamber ensembles, often performing with the Cleveland, Guarneri and Tokyo Quartets, and the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble. In 1980, Ax formed a trio with violinist Young Uck Kim and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and, with Ma, has made many acclaimed recordings. He is a committed exponent of contemporary composers, with works written for him by John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bright Sheng, and Melinda Wagner. Ax’s notable recordings include the Grammy Award-winning albums of Haydn piano sonatas and Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano with Yo-Yo Ma.


About the Sarasota Concert Association

The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) is a nonprofit organization that fosters greater appreciation for world-class classical music by offering the community two engaging programs from December to April. The Great Performers Series, in its 73rd season, brings world-renowned orchestras and chamber groups to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Riverview Performing Arts Center. The Music Matinee Series features outstanding regional artists in free community concerts at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Hall and other venues. For more information about SCA, visit