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Yefim Bronfman

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Internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman works regularly with the world’s most illustrious conductors, ensembles, and chamber musicians. He is consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike for his commanding technique, power, and exceptional lyrical gifts. As 2021-22 artist-in-residence with the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Mr. Bronfman began the season on tour with the orchestra in Europe, concluding with the world premiere of a concerto by Elena Firsova, commissioned for him. His 2021-22 season continues with returns to the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, the symphonies of Houston, St. Louis, San Francisco, and more. In recital he can be heard throughout the U.S. and in Italy, Russia, Spain, and Germany. He visits Vienna and Frankfurt with the Munich Philharmonic; Luxembourg and Paris with the Concertgebouw; London with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Israel with the Israel Philharmonic. Widely praised for his solo, chamber, and orchestral recordings, Mr. Bronfman has been nominated for six Grammy Awards, winning in 1997 with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for their recording of the three Bartók concertos. Other releases include the 2014 Grammy-nominated recording of Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2 commissioned for him by and performed with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert on the Da Capo label. Among his appearances available on DVD is a performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from the 2011 Lucerne Festival. 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 Firkušný, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. He has received the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, the Jean Gimbel Lane prize in piano performance from Northwestern University, and an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music. Yefim Bronfman made his BSO debut in January 1989 and his Tanglewood debut under Charles Dutoit’s direction in August 1990. A frequent guest ever since, he most recently appeared with the BSO and Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood in July 2021, as soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and at Symphony Hall in January 2020, shortly before the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdown, performing both Mozart’s Concerto No. 24 and Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4.

Last updated: February 9, 2022

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