Emanuel Ax was born in Lvov, Poland, and moved with his family to Winnipeg, Canada, when he was just a child.
He attended the Juilliard School of Fine Arts and received a scholarship there because of his magnificent piano talent.
In 1974, Ax won the first Arthur Rubenstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. Subsequently, Emanuel Ax received the Avery Fisher prize and two Grammys awards.
In 2004, Ax participated in the making of a BBC Holocaust film which won an International Emmy in 2005.
In 2005 and 2006, Ax sat in as a pianist in residence for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Emanuel Ax has toured and continues to play all over the world. He lives in New York with his wife, Yoko Nozaki (also a pianist) and his two children, Joseph and Sarah.