Internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought out by festivals, orchestras, conductors and recital series. His commanding technique, power and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike.
Due to worldwide cancellations caused by the pandemic, his 2020-21 season began in January 2021 with the Concertgebouworkest, followed by the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic and London’s Philharmonia in special programs recorded for streaming. Concerts in North America have continued with Dallas, Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta, Houston and Pittsburgh orchestras.
Bronfman works regularly with an illustrious group of conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Jurowski, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jaap van Zweden, Franz Welser-Möst and David Zinman. Summer engagements have regularly taken him to the major festivals of Europe and the United States.
Always keen to explore chamber music repertoire, Bronfman has collaborated with Pinchas Zukerman, Martha Argerich, Magdalena Kožená, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Emmanuel Pahud and many others. In 1991, he gave a series of joint recitals with Isaac Stern in Russia, marking Bronfman’s first public performances there since he emigrated to Israel at age 15.
Widely praised for his solo, chamber and orchestral recordings, Bronfman has been nominated for six Grammy Awards, winning in 1997 with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for their recording of the three Bartok Piano Concertos. His catalog of recordings includes works for two pianos by Rachmaninov and Brahms with Emanuel Ax, the complete Prokofiev concertos with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, a Schubert/Mozart disc with the Zukerman Chamber Players and the soundtrack to Disney’s “Fantasia 2000.”
His most recent CD releases are the Grammy-nominated Piano Concerto No. 2 by Marcus Lindberg, 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 Bavarian Radio Orchestra; a recital disc, “Perspectives,” complementing Bronfman’s designation as a Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist for the 2007-08 season, and recordings of all the Beethoven piano concertos, as well as the Triple Concerto with violinist Gil Shaham, cellist Truls Mørk and the Tönhalle Orchestra Zürich under David Zinman for Arte Nova/BMG.
Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Bronfman and his family emigrated in 1973 to Israel, 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.
A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists, he was further honored as the recipient of the 2010 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in piano performance from Northwestern University, and in 2015 with an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.