Performance Friday, March 23, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Yefim Bronfman

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The inestimable Yefim Bronfman—Grammy Award winner, former Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist, one-time Daily Show straight man—returns to Carnegie Hall with a program that features music that captures the essence of three distinctive styles, from elegant, expressive Classicsim to dark, yearning Romanticism to steely, virtuosic Modernism.


  • Yefim Bronfman, Piano


  • HAYDN Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50
  • BRAHMS Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5
  • PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, Op. 84

  • Encores:
  • CHOPIN Etude in F Major, Op. 10, No. 8
  • CHOPIN Etude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 10, No. 4, "Torrent"



    Yefim Bronfman

    Yefim Bronfman is widely regarded as one of today's most talented virtuoso pianists. His commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide, whether for his solo recitals, his prestigious orchestral engagements, or his rapidly growing catalogue of recordings.

    Mr. Bronfman's 2011-2012 season began with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's opening gala conducted by Riccardo Muti, followed by return engagements to the orchestras of Philadelphia, Toronto, Portland, and Kansas City, as well as a residency with The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami, Cleveland, and New York, focusing on the concertos and chamber music of Brahms. His winter recital tour concludes at Carnegie Hall and is followed by the world premiere of a concerto by Magnus Lindberg, commissioned for him by the New York Philharmonic, with whom he tours the West Coast this spring.

    In Europe, Mr. Bronfman completes a two-season project, performing the three Bartók concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen in London, Spain, and Brussels; he also gives recitals in Amsterdam, Vienna, Frankfurt, Milan, and Lucerne. In partnership with Emmanuel Pahud, he visits Spain, Turkey, Denmark, and London, where he returns in the spring for concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. These performances are followed by a tour with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

    Widely praised for his solo, chamber, and orchestral performances, Mr. Bronfman was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009 for his recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Piano Concerto, with the composer conducting. He won a Grammy in 1997 for his recording of the three Bartók piano concertos with Mr. Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union in 1958, 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, Marlboro Music School and Festival, and Curtis Institute of Music, as well as with Rudolf Firkušný, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. Mr. Bronfman became an American citizen in 1989.



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Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major (Vivace)
Yefim Bronfman, Piano

At a Glance

JOSEPH HAYDN  Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50

This work belongs to a trio of sonatas that Haydn composed during his second tour of London for pianist Therese Jansen. They are among his very last efforts in the genre and reveal not only Jansen’s virtuosic talents as a performer, but also Haydn’s witty eloquence as a composer.

JOHANNES BRAHMS  Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5

Brahms composed this sonata when he was only 20 years old. It takes Beethoven’s sonatas as its inspiration, but also nods to the more contemporary works of Robert Schumann. Among its five movements is an intermezzo, a particularly Romantic genre, and its second movement is a Romantic character piece that evokes a moonlit night.

SERGEI PROKOFIEV  Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, Op. 84

Prokofiev described the Sonata No. 8 as “restless and storm-like.” It is part of a wartime trilogy, and it would seem the music suits its context. Yet the thematic material predates the war, and the music is more concerned with its own internal logic than any external events.

Program Notes
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