Yefim Bronfman’s commanding technique, power, and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike.
Mr. Bronfman participates in the opening concerts of Carnegie Hall’s 2019–20 season as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, led by Franz Welzer-Möst, followed immediately by the inauguration of a season-long artist-in-residence project with the Vienna Symphony at both the Musikverein and Konzerthaus. Also in the fall he participates in farewell concerts for Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; performs in Japan with the Vienna Philharmonic and Andrés Orozco-Estrada; and appears in season-opening events in Houston, Seattle, and Rhode Island. Later this season he returns to orchestras in Hamburg, Munich, New York, Montreal, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Diego, Madison, Portland, Indianapolis, San Antonio, Pittsburgh, and Boston, with which he will also tour South Korea, Hong Kong, and China. He gives recitals celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday in Berlin, Toronto, Denver, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, and Kalamazoo, as well as at Carnegie Hall.
Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union, Yefim Bronfman immigrated with his family in 1973 to Israel, 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. Recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists, in 2010 Mr. Bronfman received Northwestern University’s Jean Gimbel Lane prize in piano performance, and in 2015 he was given an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.
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