Last Saturday night, I went for the first time to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to listen to an incredible concert: Liszt, Prokofiev and Chopin.
The acoustics are magnificent and I got the chance to see the performance of a really great pianist, Emanuel Ax.
Emanuel Ax was born in 1949 in Lvov, Poland. He 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.
Mr. Ax 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.
Emanuel Ax has been an exclusive Sony Classical artist since 1987 and his 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.
Here you can listen to some of his performances and start this week with beauty.