Yefim Bronfman is widely regarded as one of today's most talented virtuoso pianists. His commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts have won him critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide for his prestigious orchestral engagements, solo recitals and recordings.
In addition to the Russian National Orchestra, celebrated ensembles with which Bronfman has performed include the Vienna Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic, where he has been appointed Pianist in Residence for the 2004-05 season. He has worked with an equally 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 Aspen, Bad Kissingen, Blossom, Hollywood Bowl, Lucerne, Mann Music Center, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Salzburg, Saratoga, Tanglewood and Verbier festivals.
Solo recitals in the leading halls of North America, Europe and the Far East include acclaimed debuts at Carnegie Hall (1989) and Avery Fisher Hall (1993). A series of joint recitals with Isaac Stern in 1991 marked Bronfman's first public performances in Russia since his emigration to Israel at age 15. That same year he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize.
Bronfman is an exclusive Sony Classical artist whose recordings garner widespread praise. His CD of the three Bartok Piano Concertos, with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, won a 1997 Grammy Award and his recordings of the complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas and all five Prokofiev Piano Concertos were nominated for Grammy and Gramophone awards. Recordings with Isaac Stern include the Brahms Violin Sonatas, a cycle of Mozart Sonatas for Violin and Piano, and the Bartok Violin Sonatas. Bronfman has made two duo-piano recordings with Emanual Ax, and a recital album of the Tchaikovsky and Arensky Piano Trios with Cho-Liang Lin and Gary Hoffman.
A devoted chamber music performer, Bronfman has collaborated with the Emerson, Cleveland, Guarneri and Juilliard quartets, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has also played chamber music with Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, Shlomo Mintz, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Pinchas Zukerman, among others.
Yefim Bronfman was born in Tashkent, USSR, in 1958. He emigrated 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, as well as with Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher and Rudolf Serkin. Bronfman made his international debut with Zubin Mehta and the Montreal Symphony in 1975, and his New York Philharmonic debut in 1978.
Yefim Bronfman became an American citizen in July 1989.
Performances with the RNO
The Emirates Palace Auditorium
Centre for the Arts Count de Hoernle Amphitheater
Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Jackie Gleason Theatre
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
West Palm Beach
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Lincoln Center - Avery Fisher Hall
North Penn High School Auditorium