Yefim Bronfman is widely regarded as one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today. His commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide, whether for his solo recitals, his prestigious orchestral engagements or his rapidly growing catalogue of recordings.
Summer festivals at Tanglewood, Aspen, Vail, La Jolla and a residency at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival provide the starting point for his 2014-15 season which will include performances in the United States with the symphonies of Chicago (with whom he also appears in Carnegie Hall), St. Louis, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, New World Symphony, Metropolitan Orchestra and the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics. Continuing his commitment to contemporary composers, the world premiere of a concerto written for him by Jörg Widmann is scheduled with the Berlin Philharmonic in December as well as performances of Magnus Lindberg's Concerto No. 2 with the Göteborgs Symfoniker and the London Philharmonic. With the Cleveland Orchestra & Franz Welser-Möst, he will play and record both Brahms concerti, repertoire he will also take to Milan's La Scala with Valery Gergiev.
After a break of many years, he will return to Japan for recitals and orchestral concerts with London's Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen and to Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Sydney and Melbourne. In the spring he will join Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lynn Harrell for their first U.S. tour together.
In the 2013-2014 season, Bronfman performed regularly with the New York Philharmonic as it's featured artist-in-residence. Repertoire from Tchaikovsky to Lindberg and contemporary composers Marc-André Dalbavie and Marc Neikrug were featured in chamber concerts with a winter tour to the Far East and a complete cycle of all the Beethoven concerti over 3 weeks in June to bring the orchestra's season to a close. Bronfman also completed a short duo tour with friend and collaborator Pinchas Zukerman. At the Berlin Philharmonic's new spring residency in Baden-Baden he performed Beethoven conducted by Zubin Mehta and throughout the season returned to the orchestras of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Toronto, Boston, Houston, Dallas and Detroit as well as Paris, Munich, Berlin and Amsterdam with whose Concertgebouworkester he toured in Australia as part of that orchestra's world-wide centenary celebrations.
Bronfman works regularly with an 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 major festivals of Europe and the US.
He has also given numerous solo recitals in the leading halls of North America, Europe and the Far East, including acclaimed debuts at Carnegie Hall in 1989 and Avery Fisher Hall in 1993. In 1991, he gave a series of joint recitals with Isaac Stern in Russia, marking Bronfman’s first public performances there since his emigration to Israel at age 15. That same year, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists. In 2010, he was honored as the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane prize in piano performance from Northwestern University.
Widely praised for his solo, chamber and orchestral recordings, he was nominated for a Grammy® Award in 2009 for his Deutsche Grammophon recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s piano concerto with Salonen conducting and with whom he won a Grammy® Award in 1997 for his recording of the three Bartók Piano Concerti and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His performance of Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto with Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from the 2011 Lucerne Festival is now available on DVD and his performance of Rachmaninoff’s third concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle was released on DVD by the EuroArts label. His most recent CD releases are the 2014 Grammy® nominated Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 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 Bayerischer Rundfunk, a recital disc, Perspectives, complementing Bronfman’s designation as a Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist for the 2007-2008 season, and recordings of all the Beethoven piano concerti as well as the Triple Concerto together with violinist Gil Shaham, cellist Truls Mørk and the Tönhalle Orchestra Zürich under David Zinman for the Arte Nova/BMG label.
Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union on April 10, 1958, Bronfman immigrated 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, and with Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher and Rudolf Serkin.
Bronfman became an American citizen in July 1989.