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.
In celebration of the 80th birthday of Maestro Yuri Temirkanov, Mr. Bronfman's 2018–19 season began with a European tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. This was followed by a Scandinavian tour with The Royal Concertgebouw and Maestro Daniele Gatti with orchestral concerts in Europe during the season, including Paris (Orchestre National de France), London (LPO), Cologne (WDR), Rome (Santa Cecilia), Berlin (Philharmonic), and Vienna Philharmonic. In the US he returned to orchestras in Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, St. Louis, Cincinnati, San Francisco and Dallas, and in recital was heard in New York (Carnegie Hall), Berkeley, Stanford, Aspen, Madrid, Geneva, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich, Berlin, Naples, Rome and with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena.
Bronfman 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 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 University.
Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union, 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.
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 67, Appassionata
Part of the Jewish Luminaries Series
Sunday, September 8
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$180 Premium Seats (first 8 rows left of stage; includes post-concert reception with the artist)
$120 General Public | $95 Members and J-Pass holders | $65 Students (with valid ID) | $55 Children (ages 6–18)
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