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Bronfman, Brahms, and Ligeti

Oct 19 - Oct 21


Yefim Bronfman plays a new concerto written for him by Elena Firsova, which the composer describes as a reflection on “the mystery and meaning of death.” Brahms’s lyrical gifts are on full display in his spirited First Serenade. Also on the program, conducted by David Robertson, are two works by Ligeti: his tribute to Romanian dance music and an early work never before heard in the US.

Bronfman, Brahms, and Ligeti


7:30 PM





8:00 PM





8:00 PM




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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


2 Hours with Intermission

Additional Info
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Program Notes


Mifiso la sodo (US Premiere)


Concert Românesc (Romanian Concerto)

Elena Firsova

Piano Concerto (New York Premiere)


Serenade No. 1



  • David Robertson


    David Robertson — conductor, artist, composer, thinker, and American musical visionary — occupies prominent podiums in opera, orchestral, and new music. He is a champion of contemporary composers, and an ingenious and adventurous programmer. Robertson has served in numerous artistic leadership positions, such as chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, a transformative 13-year tenure as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and with the Orchestre National de Lyon, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and, as protégé of Pierre Boulez, the Ensemble InterContemporain. He appears with the world’s great orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Vienna Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, São Paulo State Symphony, and Seoul Philharmonic orchestras, as well as major ensembles and festivals on five continents. 

    In 2023, Robertson made his first return to Sydney, and begins a three-year tenure as the inaugural creative partner of the Utah Symphony and Opera. Since his 1996 Metropolitan Opera debut, he has conducted a variety of Met projects, including the 2019–20 season opening premiere production of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (for which he shared a 2021 Grammy Award, Best Opera Recording) and its 2022 revival. He made his Rome Opera debut conducting Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová.

    Robertson is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, and is the recipient of numerous artistic awards. He serves on the Tianjin Juilliard Advisory Council, complementing his role as director of conducting studies, distinguished visiting faculty, at The Juilliard School. In the 2023–24 season he will conduct the Seattle Symphony, Royal Danish Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester-Berlin, and the Minnesota Orchestra, among others, and will lead The Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

    Learn more about David Robertson
  • Yefim Bronfman


    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.

    Learn more about Yefim Bronfman

Special Thanks

Lead support for these concerts is provided by Maggie and Richard Tsai.

Generous support for Yefim Bronfman‘s appearances is provided by Michael P. N. A. Hormel and The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series.

The October 19 performance is supported by a generous bequest from Edna Mae and Leroy Fadem, loyal subscribers from 1977-2023.


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