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Yefim Bronfman


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

Mr. Bronfman's 2010-11 U.S. season highlights include recitals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Carnegie Hall, as well as performances of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto with the orchestras of Houston, Cincinnati, and Saint Louis and Brahms' Second with the orchestras of Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles. He will also make return concerto appearances in Seattle, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, and Washington. With long-time friend and collaborator Pinchas Zukerman, he appeared in duo recital in Princeton, Kansas City, Chicago, Boston, and Carnegie Hall.

In Europe he toured with the Vienna Philharmonic playing the concerto written for him by Esa-Pekka Salonen who also conducted and with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, also with Maestro Salonen, he began a two-season project of the three Bartók concertos in London and on tour in Europe. In partnership with Berlin's Staatskapelle and Daniel Barenboim all three Bartók concertos were again featured in programs in Berlin, Vienna, and Paris. Return engagements in Europe included the Berlin Phil har monic, Royal Concertgebouw, Israel Philharmonic, London Symphony, Frankfurt Radio, Santa Cecilia Rome, and Munich Philharmonic.

Mr. Bronfman has won widespread praise for his solo, chamber, and orchestral recordings. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009 for his recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen's piano concerto with Salonen conducting, released on Deutsche Grammophon, and won a Grammy Award in 1997 for his recording of the three Bartók Piano Concertos with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His most recent releases are Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 with Mariss Jansons and the Symphonie Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; a recital disc, ‘Perspectives', which complements Mr. Bronfman's designation as a Carnegie Hall ‘Perspectives' artist for the 2007-08 season; and recordings of all the Beethoven piano concertos as well as the Triple Concerto together with violinist Gil Shaham, cellist Truls Mørk, and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under David Zinman for the Arte Nova/BMG label.

Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union on April 10, 1958, 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, Marlboro, and the Curtis Institute, and with Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin.

Yefim Bronfman became an American citizen in July 1989.

Updated: April 27, 2011

Yefim Bronfman