Part of: Keyboard Virtuosos II
Yefim Bronfman, Piano
DEBUSSY Suite bergamasque
SCHUMANN Humoreske in B-flat Major, Op. 20
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958
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.