Listen to the sound of old meeting new, with pianists Emanuel Ax and Jan Lisiecki

Listen to the sound of old meeting new, with pianists Emanuel Ax and Jan Lisiecki

(Image: Ax: Lisa Marie Mazzucco; Lisiecki: Mathias Bothor) (Image: Ax: Lisa Marie Mazzucco; Lisiecki: Mathias Bothor)
 

Age difference aside, the international piano superstar Emanuel Ax and Calgary-born teen sensation Jan Lisiecki have a lot in common. They’ve both played Carnegie Hall, collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and toured the world to showcase their mastery of the classical and contemporary piano repertoire. The two will also share the same stage this Wednesday, as part of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Piano Extravaganza, an 11-day music festival curated by Ax. Together, they’ll perform Mozart’s playful concerto for two pianos and Saint-Saëns’s regal The Carnival of the Animals, as well as a world premiere of local composer Kevin Lau’s Foothills of Heaven, backed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. It’s a rare opportunity to see the established past and emerging future of North American piano music tickle the ivories together.

Wed. Feb. 11. $33–$145. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., 416-872-4255, tso.ca.