Yefim Bronfman

Biography

Born: April 10, 1958   Country: Russia  
The Russian-born Israeli-American pianist Yefim Bronfman has been a fixture of concert stages, especially in the U.S., since becoming an American citizen in 1989. He is especially admired for his performances of modern Russian repertory, in which he balances pianistic fireworks with the moody introspection common to many of the works of the otherwise diverse Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Bronfman was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on April 10, 1958. Read more He had his first lessons from his mother, a piano teacher by trade. The family emigrated to Israel in 1973, and the teenaged Yefim began piano studies at Tel Aviv University. After just two years of work with teacher Arie Vardi, he was ready for a prestigious international debut with the Montreal Symphony under Zubin Mehta. Bronfman rounded out his studies in the U.S. at the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute, and the Marlboro Festival; private teachers included Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. In 1978 he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic, and his recital debuts in New York and in Washington, D.C., were equally prestigious: they occurred at the 92nd Street Y and the Kennedy Center, respectively.

Since then, Bronfman's touring schedule has included stops at most of the world's major concert halls. His consistent popularity has dovetailed with that of Russian music generally, and he has recorded all five Prokofiev piano concertos and all seven of the composer's technically fearsome sonatas. His own repertoire, however, extends as far back as the music of Domenico Scarlatti, and he was given a Grammy award in 1997 for his recordings of Bartók's three piano concertos with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has notched several other Grammy and Gramophone award nominations. Bronfman records for Sony, where he released a two-piano collaboration with Emanuel Ax, featuring music by Rachmaninov. He has also been an enthusiastic chamber music player. Two high points of his career came in 1991: he returned that year to Russia for the first time since his youth, and he was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. In 2000 he reached wider audiences when his performance of Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 was featured in the film Fantasia 2000; he performed the work live at special screenings of the film in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Tokyo. Bronfman's performance of the two Shostakovich concertos was released in conjunction with the film, and he has continued to appear on top marquees in the early 2000s. Read less
Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 3 & 4 / Bronfman
Release Date: 09/13/2005   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 640100   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5, Choral Fantasy / Bronfman, Zinman
Release Date: 11/14/2006   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 825850   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Septet / Shaham, Bronfman, Zinman
Release Date: 04/11/2006   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 640150   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: April 10, 1958   Country: Russia  
The Russian-born Israeli-American pianist Yefim Bronfman has been a fixture of concert stages, especially in the U.S., since becoming an American citizen in 1989. He is especially admired for his performances of modern Russian repertory, in which he balances pianistic fireworks with the moody introspection common to many of the works of the otherwise diverse Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Bronfman was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on April 10, 1958. Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Adagio sostenuto assai - Allegro agitato assai
2. Allegro moderato - Allegro deciso
3. Marziale un poco meno allegro
4. Allegro animato - Stretto (molto accelerando)
Symphony No.1 in D Major, Op.25 "Classical" (for two pianos): I. Allegro
Symphony No.1 in D Major, Op.25 "Classical" (for two pianos): II. Larghetto
Symphony No.1 in D Major, Op.25 "Classical" (for two pianos): III. Gavotte. Non troppo Allegro
Symphony No.1 in D Major, Op.25 "Classical" (for two pianos): Finale. Molto vivace
Allegro brioso - Poco piů mosso - Tempo primo
Meno mosso
Andante assai
Allegro scherzando - Poco piů sostenuto
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 in G minor, Op.16: I. Andantino
II. Scherzo. Vivace
III. Intermezzo. Allegro moderato
IV. Finale. Allegro tempestoso
Concerto No. 3 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 26: I. Andante - Allegro
II. Tema con variazioni: Tema. Andantino
Var. 1. L'istesso tempo
Var. 2. Allegro
Var. 3. Allegro moderato (poco meno mosso)
Var. 4. Andantino meditativo
Var. 5. Allegro giusto
Tema. L'istesso tempo
III. Allegro ma non troppo
Three Movements from Petrushka: Danse russe (Russian Dance). Allegro giusto
Chez Pétrouchka (Petrushka's room)
La semaine grasse (The shrove-tide). Con moto - Allegro - Tempo giusto - Agitato
I. Allegro, ma non troppo
I. Andantino
II. Scherzo. Vivace
III. Intermezzo. Allegro moderato
IV. Finale. Allegro tempestoso
II. Andante caloroso
III. Precipitato
Sonata No. 2 in E Flat, Op.120: I. Allegro amabile
Sonata No. 2 in E Flat, Op.120: I. Allegro amabile
Sonata No. 2 in E Flat, Op.120: II. Allegro appassionato
Sonata No. 2 in E Flat, Op.120: II. Allegro appassionato
Sonata No. 2 in E Flat, Op.120: III. Andante con moto
Sonata No. 2 in E Flat, Op.120: III. Andante con moto
Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op.120: I. Allegro appassionato
Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op.120: I. Allegro appassionato
Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op.120: II. Andante un poco adagio
Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op.120: II. Andante un poco adagio
Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op.120: III. Allegretto grazioso
Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op.120: III. Allegretto grazioso
Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op.120: IV. Vivace
Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op.120: IV. Vivace
I. Vivace ma non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto moderato
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major ("Thun"), Op. 100: I. Allegro amabile
II. Andante tranquillo
III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi Andante)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108: I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Un poco presto con sentimento
IV. Presto agitato
Adagio
Allegretto; Adagio
III. Scherzo. Allegretto
IV. Intermezzo. Lento
V. Finale. Allegretto
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante, un poco Adagio
III. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio
IV. Finale. Poco sostenuto - Allegro non troppo - Tempo I - Presto, non troppo
Variations on a Theme by Haydn for Two Pianos, Op. 56b: Thema. Chorale St. Antoni
Variation 1. Andante con moto
Variation 2. Vivace
Variation 3. Con moto
Variation 4. Andante
Variation 5. Poco presto
Variation 6. Vivace
Variation 7. Grazioso
Variation 8. Poco presto
Finale. Andante
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade. Allegro giusto, nel modo russico; senza allegrezza, ma poco sostenuto
I. Gnomus (The Gnome). Vivo
Promenade. Moderato comodo e con delicatezza
II. Il vecchio castello (The old castle). Andante molto cantabile e con dolore
Promenade. Moderato non tanto, pesamente
III. Tuileries (Children's dispute after game). Allegretto non troppo, capriccioso
IV. Bydlo. Sempre moderato, pesante
Promenade. Tranquillo
V. Ballet des petits poussins dans leurs coques (Ballet of the unhatched chickens). Scherzino: Vivo leggiero
VI. Samuel Goldenburg and Schmuyle. Andante
Promenade. Allegro giusto, nel modo russico, poco sostenuto
VII. Limoges: le marché (The market place of Limoges). Allegretto vivo, sempre scherzando
VIII. Catacombae: Sepulchrum Romanum (Catacombs: A Roman Grave). Largo
Cum mortuis in lingua morta (With the dead in a dead language). Andante non troppo, con lamento
IX. La cabane de Baba-Yaga sur des pattes de poule (The hut of Baba-Yaga on chicken's legs). Allegro con brio, feroce - Andante mosso - Allegro molto
X. La grande porte de Kiev (The great gate of Kiev). Allegro alla breve. Maestoso. Con grandezza
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante cantabile
III. Allegretto
IV. Rondo: Allegro vivace
II. Andantino sostenuto e cantabile
III. Rondeau. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, K. 301: I. Allegro con spirito
II. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, K. 379: I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Tema (mit sechs Variationen). Andantino cantabile
I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Lento assai
Suite No. 2 for 2 Pianos, Op. 17: I. Introduction
II. Waltz
III. Romance
IV. Tarantella
Suite No. 1 for 2 Pianos, Op. 5, Fantaisie-tableaux: I. Barcarole
II. A Night for Love
III. Tears
IV. Russian Easter
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 (1930-1931): I. Allegro (Instrumental)
II. Adagio - Presto - Adagio (Instrumental)
III. Allegro molto (Instrumental)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 (1926): I. Allegro
II. Adagio - Presto - Adagio
III. Allegro molto
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.3 (1945): I. Allegro moderato - Allegro - Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Lento
III. Moderato
IV. Allegro con brio
Concerto No. 2 in F Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 102: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Quintet in G minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 57 (1940): I. Prelude. Lento
II. Fugue. Adagio
III. Scherzo. Allegretto
IV. Intermezzo. Lento
V. Finale. Allegretto
I. Allegro appassionato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto
Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano (1922): I. Molto moderato
II. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Tema (mit 6 Variationen) [Andante]
III. Tempo di Menuetto
Sonata in E minor, K 304 (300c): I. Allegro
II. Tempo di Menuetto
Sonata in F Major, K 547: I. Andantino cantabile
II. Allegro
III. Andante con Variazioni
Sonata in E-flat Major, K 481: I. Molto allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto (mit 6 Variationen)
I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Rondeau: Allegro
Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Major, K. 305: I. Allegro di molto
II. Theme and Variations: Andante grazioso
Sonata for Piano and Violin in C Major, K. 303: I. Adagio - Molto allegro - Adagio- Molto allegro
II. Tempo di Menuetto
Sonata for Piano and Violin in E-flat Major, K. 302: I. Allegro
II. Rondeau: Andante grazioso
Sonata for Piano and Violin in F Major, K. 376: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Rondeau: Allegretto grazioso
I. Andantino
II. Scherzo. Vivace
III. Intermezzo. Allegro moderato
IV. Finale. Allegro tempestoso
Concerto for Piano (Left Hand) and Orchestra No.4 in B-flat Major, Op.53: I. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Moderato
IV. Vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Tempo di valzer lentissimo
IV. Vivace
Piano Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29: I. Allegro molto sostenuto
II. Andante assai
III. Allegro con brio, ma non leggiero
I. Largo; Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
Sonata for Violin and Piano in C Major, K.296: I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Rondeau: Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, K.526*: I. Molto Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Pezzo elegiaco (Moderato assai - Allegro giusto)
Adagio con duolo e ben sostenuto - Allegro giusto)
II. A. Tema con Variazioni: Tema: Andante con moto
Var. 1:
Var. 2: Piu mosso
Var. 3: Allegro moderato
Var. 4: L'istesso tempo
Var. 5: L'istesso tempo
Var. 6: Tempo di Valse
Var. 7: Allegro moderato
Var. 8: Fuga: Allegro moderato
Var. 9: Andante flebile, ma non tanto
Var. 10: Tempo di Mazurka
Var. 11: Moderato
B. Variazione Finale e Coda (Allegro risoluto e con fuoco)
Andante con moto - Lugubre
Allegro brioso - Poco piů mosso - Tempo primo
Meno mosso
Andante assai
Allegro scherzando - Poco piů sostenuto
Concerto No. 3 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 26: I. Andante - Allegro
II. Tema con variazioni: Tema. Andantino
Var. 1. L'istesso tempo
Var. 2. Allegro
Var. 3. Allegro moderato (poco meno mosso)
Var. 4. Andantino meditativo
Var. 5. Allegro giusto
Tema. L'istesso tempo
III. Allegro ma non troppo
Concerto No. 5 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 55: I. Allegro con brio
II. Moderato ben accentuato
III. Toccata. Allegro con fuoco (piu presto che la prima volta)
IV. Larghetto
V. Vivo
I. Allegro inquieto
II. Andante caloroso
III. Precipitato
Piano Sonata No. 8 In B-flat Major, Op. 84: I. Andante dolce
II. Andante sognando
III. Vivace


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