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
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    Waldbuhne / Fleming, Bronfman, Chailly, Marin, Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 59988 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Igor Stravinsky,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman,  Renée Fleming
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Ion Marin,  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Waldbuhne / Fleming, Bronfman, Chailly, Marin, Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 59984 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Igor Stravinsky,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman,  Renée Fleming
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Ion Marin,  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Simon Rattle - Berlin Philharmoniker [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 59734 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman,  Lisa Batiashvili,  Truls Otterbech Mork
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Beethoven - Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94630 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 86
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helena Döse,  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  David Zinman,  Gérard Oskamp,  Carl-August Bünte  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: The Seasons; Balakirev: Islamey / Yefim Bronfman
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802195 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Mily Balakirev
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
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    Lindberg: Expo; Piano Concerto No. 2; Al Largo
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 8226076 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Magnus Lindberg
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5; Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade / Nelsons, Bronfman
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 710108 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Antonín Dvorák,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5; Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade / Nelsons, Bronfman  [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 710204 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Antonín Dvorák,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  75th Anniversay - Great Moments
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 29649 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Rudolf Buchbinder,  Alicia De Larrocha  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Gary Bertini,  Kurt Masur  ... 
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    Variations Featuring Barenboim Bronfman & Schiff
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2066468 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Daniel Barenboim,  Yefim Bronfman
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    Brahms & Saint-saens: Piano Concerto No. 2
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9644 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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    Franck, Debussy, Ravel: Violin Sonatas / Schlomo Mintz, Yefim Bronfman
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 958800 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman,  Shlomo Mintz,  Clifford Benson
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    Zubin Mehta & The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Live Recordings 1963-2006 [12-CD Set]
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9625 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Radu Lupu,  Arie Vardi,  Yefim Bronfman,  Alicia De Larrocha  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Choir,  Scottish National Chorus  ... 
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    Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 / Bronfman, Sanderling
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057638 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Summer Night Concert Schoenbrunn 2010 - Moon, Planet, Stars / Welser-Most
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001455902 Release Date: 08/17/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Gustav Holst,  Otto Nicolai,  Josef Lanner  ... 
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Waldbuhne In Berlin 2009 / Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic [Blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057754 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    You Cannot Start Without Me - Valery Gergiev
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: BAC053 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Yefim Bronfman,  Renée Fleming,  Leonidas Kavakos  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Waldbuhne In Berlin 2009 / Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057758 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Salonen: Helix, Piano Concerto, Dichotomie / Yefim Bronfman, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4778103 Release Date: 04/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Rachmaninov Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 742566 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Ruth Laredo,  Yefim Bronfman,  Emanuel Ax,  Barry Douglas  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Yuri Temirkanov,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Franck, Debussy, Ravel: Violin Sonatas / Mintz, Bronfman
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415683 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  César Franck,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman,  Shlomo Mintz
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    Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas / Shlomo Mintz, Yefim Bronfman
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423575 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Yefim Bronfman
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  • 23.
    Paula Live! - Liebermann, Kirchner, Prokofiev, Frazelle / Robison, Thibaudet, Kataoka, Bronfman, Hester
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 1038 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Liebermann,  Leon Kirchner,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Kenneth Frazelle
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Paula Robison,  Ayano Kataoka,  Yefim Bronfman  ... 
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    French Violin Sonatas / Mintz, Bronfman
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775448 Release Date: 09/23/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  César Franck,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Yefim Bronfman,  Clifford Benson
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    Music For 2 Pianos - Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Brahms, Prokofiev / Argerich
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 7623 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Giorgia Tomassi,  Martha Argerich,  Yefim Bronfman,  Polina Leschenko  ... 
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