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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Yefim Bronfman, Piano

Thursday, April 4, 2019 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Yefim Bronfman by Julien Jourdes
Yefim Bronfman is “… one of the most gifted and brilliant and versatile” pianists, a virtuoso “with chops that need fear no comparisons” (The New York Times). In this recital, he performs one of Schubert’s final sonatas, Schumann’s brilliantly free-flowing Humoresque, and other works. In particular, Schubert’s sonata is a restless work where chiaroscuro effects intensify the drama and virtuosity drives the nervous excitement.

Part of: Keyboard Virtuosos II

Performers

Yefim Bronfman, Piano

Program

DEBUSSY Suite bergamasque

SCHUMANN Humoreske in B-flat Major, Op. 20

SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

At a Glance

DEBUSSY  Suite bergamasque

The young Debussy was still poised on the edge between Romanticism and Impressionism when he wrote this entrancing four-movement suite in 1890. Its centerpiece is the perennially popular “Clair de lune,” around which are clustered three dance-like pieces variously indebted to the French Baroque composers whom Debussy admired.

 

SCHUMANN  Humoreske in B-flat Major, Op. 20

This fiercely challenging and somewhat neglected masterpiece displays the wide range of styles and emotions that characterize Schumann’s early piano music. While it was in progress, he wrote to his fiancée, Clara Wieck, that he had “been at the piano all week, composing, writing, laughing, and crying all at once.”

 

SCHUBERT  Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958

Schubert’s last three piano sonatas, composed in the months leading up to his untimely death, are notable for the grandeur of their conception, the richness and complexity of their tonal relationships, and the intricate interweaving of lyricism and drama. The powerful and highly virtuosic C-Minor Sonata exploits the rich, clear, and evenly balanced sound characteristic of the Viennese pianos that Schubert played.

Bios

Yefim Bronfman

Internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought out by festivals, orchestras, and conductors. His commanding technique, power, and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the  ...

Internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought out by festivals, orchestras, and conductors. His commanding technique, power, and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike.

Mr. Bronfman began the 2018–2019 season on tour in Europe with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in celebration of Maestro Yuri Temirkanov’s 80th birthday, followed by a Scandinavian tour with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Additional orchestral engagements in Europe this season include concerts with the Orchestre National de France, London Philharmonic Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Berliner Philharmoniker, and on tour with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In the United States, Mr. Bronfman returns to orchestras in Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, St. Louis, Cincinnati, San Francisco, and Dallas. He can also be heard in recital in Berkeley, Stanford, Aspen, Madrid, Geneva, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich, Berlin, Naples, and Rome, and on a tour with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená this spring.

Mr. Bronfman has given numerous solo recitals in the leading halls of North America, Europe, and Asia, including acclaimed debuts at Carnegie Hall in 1989 and Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall) in 1993. In 1991, he gave a series of joint recitals with Isaac Stern in Russia, marking Mr. Bronfman’s first public performances there since his immigration to Israel at age 15. That same year, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists. Mr. Bronfman was awarded the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from Northwestern University in 2010.

Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union, Mr. Bronfman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973, where he studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. In the United States, he studied at The Juilliard School, the Marlboro Music School, and the Curtis Institute of Music under Rudolf Firkušný, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. Mr. Bronfman is a 2015 recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music. He became an American citizen in July 1989.

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