Pianist

Yefim Bronfam

Yefim Bronfam

Yefim Bronfam is considered one of the greatest modern-day pianists. Whether playing in a recital, with the most prestigious orchestras or a record, the extraordinary technique and unique musicality of his music are acknowledged and acclaimed by the public and critics alike across the globe.   
His many works include collaboration with the Dresden Staatskapelle orchestra and Thielemann, The Bartok concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gergiev are among the countless recitals he’s played in.  Besides the Mariinsky theatre, he is a regular guest of the Vienna, New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Philadelphia philharmonic orchestras as well as the Boston, Montreal, San Francisco, Toronto Symphonic Orchestras.

In addition to the widely acclaimed American tour, in May 2016 he will resume collaboration with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lynn Harrell with concerts in Madrid, Berlin, Moscow and Teatro alla Scala in Milan. However, his intense chamber music activity will see him play with Martha Argerich, Magdalena Kozena, Pinchas Zukerman and many others.

He constantly collaborates with the most renowned modern-day orchestra conductors and is guest in the most prestigious European and American festivals. Recitals have taken him to the most prestigious European and American concert halls. His concerts with Isaac Stern in Russia in 1991, where he had returned after moving to Israel at the age of 15, will remain memorable. He won the Avery Fisher Prize, one of the most prestigious awards for American artists, in the same year, while in 2010 he was awarded the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize.

Massively acclaimed for his recording, in 2009 he received a Grammy nomination for his recording of the Esa-Pekka Salonen for DGG. On the podium with him was the composer with whom he had won a Grammy award in 1997 for his recording of the Bartok Piano Concertos recorded with the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra. The prolific list of recordings to his name includes operas for two pianos by Rachmaninoff and Brahms with Emmanuel Ax, Prokofiev concertos with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta, to name but a few. In 2014, the Da Capo label published the Magnus Lindberg concert staged for him and performed in world premiere with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Alan Gilbert, nominated to the Grammy awards.  Next came the Tchaikovsky performance with the Beyrischer Rundfunk Orchestra and Mariss Jansons Beethoven’s Concertos for pianoforte and Triple concerto (with Gil Shaham and Truls Mork) with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and David Zinman.   

Other recordings contain a recital, “Perspectives”, confirming the similar cycle at the Carnegie Hall in the 207-08 season. They are now available on DVD Liszt’s Piano Concerto n° 2, Wiener Philharmoniker and Franz Welser-Moest; Beethoven’s Symphony n° 5 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto n° 3 with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker orchestra. This year will see the publication of a DVD with the two Brahms Piano Concertos and the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Franz Welser Moest.

Born in Tashkent in 1958, he moved to Israel with his family in 1973. He attended the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv with Arie Vardi before joining Julliard School, Malboro and then the Curtis Institute with Rudolf Serkin, Leon Fleisher and Rudolf Firkusny. He became an American citizen in 1989.