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Carnegie Hall Presents

Yefim Bronfman, Piano

Monday, April 18, 2022 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

This event has been rescheduled from February 18, 2022. Tickets for the original date will still be honored.

Yefim Bronfman by Dario Acosta
The word legendary can be overused, but not when describing Yefim Bronfman. Carnegie Hall audiences have seen him perform chamber music with Isaac Stern, and join Leonard Bernstein with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for a Rachmaninoff concerto. Most recently, Bronfman performed the complete Prokofiev piano sonatas and joined The Cleveland Orchestra to open the Hall’s 129th season. The tremendous versatility of this “marvel of digital dexterity” (Chicago Tribune) is showcased in music the spans the passion of Beethoven to the stark beauty of Ustvolskaya.


Yefim Bronfman, Piano


BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Major, Op. 22

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3

USTVOLSKAYA Piano Sonata No. 4

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata"


CHOPIN Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2

CHOPIN Etude in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 12, "Revolutionary"

Event Duration

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

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At a Glance

BEETHOVEN  Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Major, Op. 22

Over the decade between 1796 and 1806, Beethoven definitively emerged from the shadow of Mozart and Haydn and forged the boldly “heroic” style of his so-called middle period. The Piano Sonata in B-flat Major of 1800 is among a cluster of works in various genres that show the still-young composer breaking new ground while working at the peak of his powers. Beethoven was hardly exaggerating when he boasted to his publisher that “this sonata is a terrific piece.”


BEETHOVEN  Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”

Composed from 1804 to 1805, the “Appassionata” Sonata stands alongside Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, three “Razumovsky” string quartets, and other masterpieces of his so-called middle period. As its apocryphal nickname suggests, the sonata is notable for its explosively dramatic character and concentrated economy of expression. The work’s formidable technical challenges reflect Beethoven’s legendary virtuosity at the keyboard.


USTVOLSKAYA  Piano Sonata No. 4

The reclusive Russian composer Galina Ustvolskaya was virtually unknown to the outside world before the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Her six piano sonatas chart a bleak and uncompromisingly inner-directed landscape, from the sharply accented declamatory figures that open the Sonata No. 1 to the harsh, densely packed sonic booms that bring the cycle to a close. The four movements of the Sonata No. 4 flow together without breaks, enhancing the music’s fierce and wayward intensity.


CHOPIN  Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58

In a career that spanned less than two decades, Chopin revolutionized piano music in dozens of nocturnes, waltzes, mazurkas, and other solo pieces that imbued the superficial brilliance of the salon style with unprecedented poetic depth. It was arguably the unparalleled range and subtlety of his pianism that enabled him to cast off the shackles of musical convention so successfully in works like the great Sonata in B Minor.


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, conductors, and recital series. His commanding technique, power, and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently ...

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, conductors, and recital series. His commanding technique, power, and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike.

Mr. Bronfman began the 2020–2021 season performing with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and also appeared with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra in special programs that were recorded for streaming. Concerts in North America followed with orchestras in Dallas, Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta, Houston, and Pittsburgh, along with appearances at the summer festivals of Vail, Aspen, Tanglewood, and Grand Teton.

Mr. Bronfman began the 2021–2022 season on tour with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, with which he is artist-in-residence. Additional engagements include return visits to the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, and performances with the orchestras of Boston, Houston, St. Louis, San Francisco, Montreal, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Oregon, Cincinnati, and Palm Beach. In recital, he can be heard in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Chicago, as well as in Italy, Spain, and Germany; in addition, he makes summer orchestral appearances in Israel, Verbier, and Salzburg.

Mr. Bronfman works regularly with illustrious conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jaap Van Zweden, Franz Welser-Möst, and David Zinman. He is always keen to explore chamber music, and his partners have included Pinchas Zukerman, Martha Argerich, Magdalena Kožená, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Emmanuel Pahud, and many others.

Widely praised for his solo, chamber, and orchestral recordings, Mr. Bronfman has been nominated for six Grammy Awards, winning in 1997 for his recording with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic of the three Bartók piano concertos. His prolific catalog of recordings includes works for two pianos by Rachmaninoff and Brahms with Emanuel Ax, the complete Prokofiev concertos with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta, and the soundtrack to Disney’s Fantasia 2000. His most recent releases are the 2014 Grammy Award–nominated recording of Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2, commissioned for him and performed by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert on the Dacapo label; Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; a recital disc, Perspectives, that followed Mr. Bronfman’s designation as a Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist for the 2007–2008 season; and recordings of all the Beethoven piano concertos as well as the Triple Concerto with violinist Gil Shaham, cellist Truls Mørk, and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under David Zinman for the Arte Nova / BMG label.

Mr. Bronfman’s performances currently available on DVD include Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on Deutsche Grammophon, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the 2011 Lucerne Festival, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle on the EuroArts label, and both Brahms concertos with Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra.

Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union, Yefim 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 School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music under Rudolf Firkušný, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists, he was further honored in 2010 with the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from Northwestern University and in 2015 with an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.

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