Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union on April 10, 1958, Yefim 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 his teachers included Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. He became an American citizen in July 1989. In 1991, he was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize and in 2010, he was honored as the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize from Northwestern University. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1981 and appeared here most recently in December 2012.
Mr. Bronfman began the 2013-14 season with appearances at summer festivals including Aspen and Tanglewood, and at venues in Amsterdam, Helsinki, Lucerne, and Berlin, among others. As Artist-in-Residence with the New York Philharmonic this season, Mr. Bronfman performs a complete cycle of all the Beethoven piano concertos, as well as works of Tchaikovsky, Magnus Lindberg, Marc-André Dalbavie, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Marc Neikrug. He also joins the Philharmonic for a winter tour to the Far East. With Pinchas Zukerman, Mr. Bronfman will embark on a duo tour in the spring in the US and Canada. He also appears at the Berlin Philharmonic's spring residency in Baden-Baden and he makes return engagements with the orchestras of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Toronto, Boston, Houston, Dallas, and Detroit, as well as Paris, Munich, and Berlin. In addition, he tours Australia with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Yefim Bronfman was nominated for a Grammy award in 2009 for his Deutsche Grammophon recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Piano Concerto with Mr. Salonen conducting. Mr. Bronfman won a Grammy award in 1997 for his recording of the three Bartók piano concertos with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His other recordings include DVDs with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic, and CDs of Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the New York Philharmonic on the Da Capo label, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, a recital disc Perspectives, and recordings of Beethoven’s piano concertos and the Triple Concerto with Gil Shaham, Truls Mørk, and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra for the Arte Nova/BMG label.