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.
This season, Mr. Bronfman will join the Israel Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta for concerts during the orchestra’s U.S. tour, including at Carnegie Hall. The tour will be followed by concerts in Munich, London and Vienna with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra. In addition to performances with the orchestras of New York, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, Indianapolis and Toronto, Mr. Bronfman will tour with the Vienna Philharmonic in a special program celebrating his 60th birthday. He can also be heard in Berlin with the Philharmonic as well as in recital; in Italy, France, Belgium, Germany and London, also in recital; and on tour with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. A tour in Asia with the London Symphony Orchestra brings the season to a close in June.
Mr. Bronfman works regularly with the world’s most renowned conductors and has given solo recitals in leading halls across North America, Europe and the Far East. In 1991 he gave a series of joint recitals with Isaac Stern in Russia, marking Mr. Bronfman’s first public performances there since his emigration to Israel at age 15. Widely praised for his solo, chamber and orchestral recordings, Mr. Bronfman has been nominated for 6 GRAMMY® Awards, winning in 1997 with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for their recording of the three Bartok Piano Concerti.
Mr. Bronfman was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973, where he studied at the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. In the U.S., he studied at the Juilliard School, Marlboro School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music, and he received an honorary doctorate in 2015 from Manhattan School of Music. He became a U.S. citizen in 1989.