LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER "Pearlman, Ax & Ma @ The Penthouse" on WXXI-TV

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER "Pearlman, Ax & Ma @ The Penthouse" on WXXI-TV

Wed, 05/05/2010 - 9:00pm - 10:30pm

Emanuel Ax (pictured)


Credit: J. Henry Fair

Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax perform in the Kaplan Penthouse. Alan Alda hosts.

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER makes the world's greatest artists accessible to home viewers in virtually every corner of the United States. It remains the only series of regularly scheduled live broadcast performances on American television today. Fred Child, host of NPR’s “Performance Today,” is the announcer.

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER "Pearlman, Ax & Ma @ The Penthouse" airs Wednesday, May 5 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

Pianist Emanuel Ax studied at The Juilliard School and Columbia University, capturing public attention in 1974, when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In recognition of the bicentenaries of Chopin and Schumann in 2010 and in partnership with London’s Barbican, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony, Ax has commissioned new works from composers John Adams, Peter Lieberson and Osvaldo Golijov for three recital programs to be presented in each of those cities with colleagues Yo-Yo Ma and Dawn Upshaw. He recently toured Asia with the New York Philharmonic on their first tour with Music Director Alan Gilbert, as well as Europe with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under James Conlon and the Pittsburgh Symphony under Manfred Honeck. As a regular visitor in subscription concerts, he will return to Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston during the spring. Ax has been an exclusive Sony Classical recording artist since 1987. He has received Grammy Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas and has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano.
The many-faceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as a soloist with orchestras worldwide and his recital and chamber music activities. His discography encompasses more than 75 albums, including 16 Grammy Award winners. One of Ma’s goals is the investigation of music as a means of communication and a vehicle for the migration of ideas; in 1998, he established the Silk Road Project to promote the study of cultural, artistic and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade routes. Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents who later moved the family to New York. He began to study the cello at the age of four, attended the Juilliard School and in 1976 graduated from Harvard University. He has received numerous awards, including the 1978 Avery Fisher Prize, the 1999 Glenn Gould Prize, the 2001 National Medal of Arts, the 2006 Sonning Prize, the 2006 Dan David Prize and the 2008 World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award. In 2006, he was designated a United Nations Messenger of Peace by then Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In 2007, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon extended his appointment.
The reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. He recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of his American debut, and was awarded a Medal of Liberty in 1986 and a National Medal of Arts in 2000. In 2003, Perlman was a Kennedy Center Honoree and in 2007, he performed at the state dinner for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at the White House. In celebration of his career, the Festival of the Arts BOCA devoted a festival to his anniversary with concerto, chamber music and klezmer performances, as well as a closing concert with Perlman conducting Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. He also appeared with students from the Perlman Music Program in a three-concert series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in recital at Chicago’s Symphony Hall. In addition to his many orchestral and recital appearances throughout the world, Perlman performs as conductor with leading orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the London Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. He is also artistic director of the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra. Perlman proudly possesses four Emmys and 15 Grammys. He performed at the 2006 Academy Awards and at The Juilliard School Centennial Gala, also broadcast nationally on LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER. He collaborated with composer John Williams in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award–winning film Schindler’s List, for which he performed the violin solos. Perlman devotes considerable time to education, both in his participation in the Perlman Music Program and his teaching at The Juilliard School, where he holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair. He was awarded an honorary doctorate and a centennial medal on the occasion of Juilliard’s 100th commencement ceremony in 2005.