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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
At the center of this season is a residency with the Staatskapelle
Dresden which includes all the Beethoven concerti conducted by
Christian Thielemann in Dresden and on tour in Europe. Mr. Bronfman
will also be performing Bartok concerti with the London Symphony
Orchestra and Valery Gergiev in Edinburgh, London, Vienna,
Luxembourg, and New York. Recital performances will capture
audiences with the cycles of the daunting complete Prokofiev
sonatas over three programs in Berlin, New York's Carnegie Hall,
and Cal Performances, Berkeley.
As a regular guest, Mr. Bronfman will return to the Vienna, New
York and Los Angeles philharmonics, Mariinsky, Cleveland and
Philadelphia orchestras, as well as the symphonies of Boston,
Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco and Seattle.
Following the success of their first US tour last spring, Mr.
Bronfman will rejoin Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lynn Harrell in May for
a European tour that takes them from Madrid to Berlin, Moscow and
Milan. Always keen to explore chamber music repertoire, his
partners have also included Martha Argerich, Magdalena Kožená,
Emmanuel Pahud, Pinchas Zukerman and many others.
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, Franz Welser-Möst, and David Zinman. Summer
engagements have regularly taken him to the major festivals of
Europe and the US.
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
Widely praised for his solo, chamber and orchestral recordings,
Mr. Bronfman was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in 2009 for his
Deutsche Grammophon recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen's piano concerto
with Salonen conducting, and in 1997 he won a GRAMMY® Award, again
with Salonen, for his recording of the three Bartók Piano Concerti
and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 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, and Rachmaninoff's third concerto
with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle on the EuroArts
label. Scheduled for DVD release later this year are both Brahms
Concerti 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, 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 became an American citizen in July 1989.
Yefim Bronfman, piano