Yefim Bronfman is widely regarded as one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today. His commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide, whether for his solo recitals, his prestigious orchestral engagements or his rapidly growing catalogue of recordings.
Summer festivals at Tanglewood, Aspen, Vail, La Jolla and a residency at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival provide the starting point for his 2014-15 season which will include performances in the U.S. with the symphonies of Chicago (with whom he also appears in Carnegie Hall), St. Louis, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, New World Symphony, Metropolitan Orchestra and the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics. Continuing his commitment to contemporary composers, the world premier of a concerto written for him by Jörg Widmann is scheduled with the Berlin Philharmonic in December as well as performances of Magnus Lindberg’s Concerto No. 2 with the Göteborgs Symfoniker and the London Philharmonic. With the Cleveland Orchestra & Franz Welser-Möst, he will play and record both Brahms concerti repertoire, he will also take to Milan’s La Scala with Valery Gergiev.
After a break of many years, he will return to Japan for recitals and orchestral concerts with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen and to Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Sydney and Melbourne. In the spring he will join Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lynn Harrell for their first US tour together. Mr. Bronfman works regularly with an illustrious group of conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov, Franz Welser-Möst, and David Zinman. Summer engagements have regularly taken him to the major festivals of Europe and the US.
Widely praised for his solo, chamber and orchestral recordings, he was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in 2009 for his Deutsche Grammophon recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s piano concerto with Salonen conducting and with whom he won a GRAMMY® Award in 1997 for his recording of the three Bartók Piano Concerti and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His performance of Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto with Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from the 2011 Lucerne Festival is now available on DVD and his performance of Rachmaninoff’s third concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle was released on DVD by the EuroArts label. His most recent CD releases are the 2014 GRAMMY® nominated Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2 commissioned for him and performed by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert on the Da Capo label, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Mariss Jansons and the Bayerischer Rundfunk, a recital disc, ‘Perspectives’, complementing Mr. Bronfman’s designation as a Carnegie Hall ‘Perspectives’ artist for the 2007-08 season, and recordings of all the Beethoven piano concerti and the Tönhalle Orchestra Zürich under David Zinman for the Arte Nova/BMG label.
Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union on 10 April 1958, 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 and the Curtis Institute, and with Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher and Rudolf Serkin. Yefim Bronfman became an American citizen in July 1989.