Yefim Bronfman


The American pianist Yefim Bronfman was born in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) in 1958: his father was a concertmaster in the local opera orchestra, his mother a pianist, and it was from her that he received his first piano lessons. In 1973, the family emigrated to Israel, where Bronfman continued his piano studies with Arie Vardi at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. Soon after, he moved to the United States and perfected his skills with Rudolf Firkušný, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. Bronfman’s international career began in 1978 when he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, and has led to collaborations with the leading orchestras. In the 2020-21 season, despite the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, he performed in Europe with the Royal Concertgebouworkest and participated in livestream concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; in the U.S., he continued his collaborations with the Philadelphia Orchestra; the New York Philharmonic; and the Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. In the 2021-22 season, he will be artist-in-residence with the Concertgebouworkest, with which he will interpret works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff and also give the world premiere of Elena Firsova’s new piano concerto. This will not be the first time Bronfman has unveiled a new score: he has previously premiered works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Magnus Lindberg, and Jörg Widmann. From the beginning of his career, Bronfman has also devoted himself intensively to chamber music, playing with Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, and Yo-Yo Ma, for example, and with Magdalena Kožená, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Emmanuel Pahud. Bronfman, who has been an American citizen since 1989 and was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1991, can point to an extensive discography; he received a Grammy for his recording of the three Bartók concertos.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 25 August 1999 in Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto, with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta.

July 2021