Yoko Nozaki

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Yoko Nozaki (born c. 1948) is a pianist and musician, specializing in chamber music, and the wife of Grammy Award-winning pianist Emanuel Ax.

Background and Career[edit]

Nozaki was born in Tokyo, Japan and studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. At age 12, she and her family moved to the United States as her father, a biochemist, had taken a position at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.[1] She entered The Juilliard School in New York City in 1966 when she was 18, studying under Irwin Freundlich. In 1970 she won the Concert Artists Guild Award and graduated from Juilliard with a bachelor's degree in music. She later completed her master's degree at Juilliard, specializing in piano.[2]

Nozaki has collaborated with husband Emanuel Ax as a piano duo[3] and other chamber orchestras as a guest artist. She took a brief hiatus from the concert stage in 1979 to raise their children.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Nozaki met her husband Emanuel Ax while both were piano students at Juilliard. They married in 1974[4] and have two children, Sarah and Joseph. They reside in New York City.


  1. ^ a b "Two Grand Pianos, One Way of Life". The New York Times. December 27, 1996.
  2. ^ "Faculty-Student News September 2007". The Juilliard Journal. Juilliard School. September 2007.
  3. ^ Jean-Pierre Thiollet, 88 notes pour piano solo, « Solo de duo », Neva Editions, 2015, p.98. ISBN 978-2-3505-5192-0
  4. ^ "Hailed as the Next Rubinstein, Emanuel Ax Cuts An Ample Figure in the Classical Music World". People. 18 (6). August 9, 1982.