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Captivating audiences throughout the world, Charles Dutoit is
one of today's most sought-after conductors, having performed
with all the major orchestras on most stages of the five
Presently Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the
London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, he recently celebrated his
30-year artistic collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra, who
in turn, bestowed upon him the title of Conductor Laureate. He
collaborates every season with the orchestras of Chicago, Boston,
San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles and is also a regular
guest on the stages in London, Berlin, Paris, Munich, Moscow,
Sydney, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, amongst others.
His more than 200 recordings for Decca, Deutsche Grammophone,
EMI, Philips and Erato have garnered multiple awards and
distinctions including two Grammys.
For 25 years , Charles Dutoit was Artistic Director of the
Montreal Symphony Orchestra, a dynamic musical team recognised the
From 1991 to 2001, he was Music Director of the Orchestre National
de France and in 1996, was appointed Principal Conductor and soon
thereafter, Music Director of the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo).
He is today Music Director Emeritus of this Orchestra.
He was for 10 years Music Director of the Philadelphia
Orchestra's season at the Mann Music Center and for 21 years, at
the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Charles Dutoit's interest in the younger generation has always
held an important place in his career and he has successively been
Music Director of the Sapporo Pacific Music Festival and Miyazaki
International Music Festival in Japan as well as the Canton
International Summer Music Academy in Guangzhou. In 2009, he became
Music Director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra.
When still in his early 20's, Charles Dutoit was invited by Von
Karajan to conduct the Vienna State Opera. He has since
conducted at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera in New York,
Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Rome Opera and Teatro Colón in Buenos
In 1991, he was made Honorary Citizen of the City of
Philadelphia, in 1995, Grand Officier de l'Ordre
national du Québec, in 1996, Commandeur de l'Ordre des
Arts et des Lettres by the government of France and in 1998,
he was invested as Honorary Officer of the Order of
In 2007, he received the Gold Medal of the city of Lausanne,
his birthplace and in 2014, he was given the Lifetime Achievement
Award from the International Classical Music Awards.
He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of McGill,
Montreal, Laval and the Curtis School of Music.
A globetrotter motivated by his passion for history and
archaeology, political science, art and architecture, he has
traveled in all 196
Charles Dutoit, conductor
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Internationally recognized as one of today's most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors and recital series. His commanding technique, power and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike.
In celebration of the 80th birthday of Maestro Temirkanov, Mr. Bronfman’s 2018-19 season begins with a European tour with St. Petersburg Philharmonic. This is followed by a Scandinavian tour with The Royal Concertgebouw and Maestro Gatti with orchestral concerts in Europe during the season including Paris (Orchestre National de France), London (LPO), Cologne (WDR), Rome (Santa Cecilia), Berlin (Philharmonic), and Vienna Philharmonic on tour. In the US he will return to orchestras in Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, St. Louis, Cincinnati, San Francisco and Dallas, and in recital can be heard in New York (Carnegie Hall), Berkeley, Stanford, Aspen, Madrid, Geneva, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich, Berlin, Naples, Rome and on tour in the spring with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena.
Mr. Bronfman works regularly with an illustrious group of conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Mariss Jansons, Vladimir Jurowski, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jaap Van Zweden, Franz Welser-Möst, and David Zinman. Summer engagements have regularly taken him to the major festivals of Europe and the US. Always keen to explore chamber music repertoire, his partners have included Pinchas Zukerman, Martha Argerich, Magdalena Kožená, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Emmanuel Pahud and many others.
He has also given numerous solo recitals in the leading halls of North America, Europe and the Far East, including acclaimed debuts at Carnegie Hall in 1989 and Avery Fisher 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 emigration 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. In 2010 he was honored as the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane prize in piano performance from Northwestern University.
Widely praised for his solo, chamber and orchestral recordings, Mr. Bronfman has been nominated for 6 GRAMMY® Awards, winning in 1997 with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for their recording of the three Bartok Piano Concerti. His prolific catalog of recordings includes works for two pianos by Rachmaninoff and Brahms with Emanuel Ax, the complete Prokofiev concerti with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, a Schubert/Mozart disc with the Zukerman Chamber Players and the soundtrack to Disney's Fantasia 2000. His most recent CD releases are the 2014 GRAMMY® nominated Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 commissioned for him and performed by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert on the Da Capo label; Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 with Mariss Jansons and the Bayerischer Rundfunk; a recital disc, Perspectives, complementing Mr. Bronfman's designation as a Carnegie Hall ‘Perspectives' artist for the 2007-08 season; and recordings of all the Beethoven piano concerti as well as the Triple Concerto together with violinist Gil Shaham, cellist Truls Mørk, and the Tönhalle Orchestra Zürich under David Zinman for the Arte Nova/BMG label.
Now available on DVD are his performances of Liszt's second piano concerto with Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna Philharmonic from Schoenbrunn, 2010 on Deutsche Grammophon; Beethoven's fifth piano concerto with Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from the 2011 Lucerne Festival; Rachmaninoff's third concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle on the EuroArts label and both Brahms Concerti with Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra (2015).
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, Marlboro School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, under Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. He is a 2015 recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.
Yefim Bronfman, piano