Bronfman and Beethoven

The New York Philharmonic

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Bronfman and Beethoven

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$32-158

Duration

2 hours & 15 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

5

Dec, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM

6

Dec, 2019

Friday, 11:00 AM

7

Dec, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Yefim Bronfman brings his brilliance and power to Beethoven’s sublime Piano Concerto No. 4. From the same composer, Maestro van Zweden conducts the jubilant, high-spirited Second Symphony that foreshadows the power and drive we associate with Beethoven. Steve Reich’s propulsive new work pays homage to the Baroque concerto grosso.

Program To Include

Beethoven

Symphony No. 2

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Steve Reich

Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (New York Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Baltic Sea Philharmonic)

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Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 4

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. He also serves as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012, and has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, including the Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2019–20 season, Jaap van Zweden conducts the New York Philharmonic in seven World Premieres and symphonic cornerstones. He presides over Project 19, marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers; the hotspots festival, spotlighting Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York as new-music centers; and Mahler’s New York, examining the composer / conductor who spent time in New York as the Philharmonic’s tenth Music Director. During the 2020 European tour, he and the Orchestra will open the Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival as the first American orchestra in the festival’s history. Other highlights include a new production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and the low-cost Phil the Hall. He also guest conducts the Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is of the World Premiere performance of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, continuing the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos, and his performance of Parsifal earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor (2005–13), served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra (2008–11), and was Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008–18), where he is now Conductor Laureate. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year and was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on CBS in 2018.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. Today, the Foundation focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism by providing in-home music therapy; developing funding opportunities for autism programs; operating the Papageno House, where young adults with autism live, work, and participate in the community; and creating a research center in the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism. Most recently, the Foundation launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Yefim Bronfman

Piano

Yefim Bronfman

Piano

Yefim Bronfman by Dario Acosta

Piano

Yefim Bronfman’s commanding technique, power, and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike.

In celebration of Yuri Temirkanov’s 80th birthday, Mr. Bronfman’s began the 2018–19 season on a European tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, followed by a Scandinavian tour with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Yefim Bronfman’s orchestral concerts in Europe include the Orchestre national de France, London Philharmonic Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Berlin Philharmonic, and Vienna Philharmonic on tour. In the US he returns to the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Houston, St. Louis, Cincinnati, San Francisco, and Dallas symphony orchestras. He performs recitals in New York (at Carnegie Hall), Berkeley, Stanford, Aspen, Madrid, Geneva, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich, Berlin, Naples, and Rome, and on tour in the spring with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena.

Mr. Bronfman has given numerous solo recitals in North America, Europe, and Asia, including acclaimed debuts at Carnegie Hall (1989) and Avery Fisher (now David Geffen) Hall (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 immigration to Israel at age 15. That same year he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, and in 2010 he received Northwestern University’s Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance.

Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union, Yefim Bronfman immigrated to Israel in 1973, where he studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. He also studied at The Juilliard School, Marlboro School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, under Rudolf Firkušný, 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.

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Special Thanks

Performances in the Thursday C Subscription Series are supported by Edna Mae and Leroy Fadem, loyal subscribers since 1977.

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series has provided major support for Yefim Bronfman’s appearances during the New York Philharmonic’s 2019–20 season.

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