Born in Tashkent in the former Soviet Union in 1958, Yefim Bronfman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973. He studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music of Tel Aviv University. In the US, 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 1989. Mr. Bronfman was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1991, 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 June 2016.
Mr. Bronfman’s 2016-17 season includes a celebration of the Israel Philharmonic’s 80th birthday, a US recital tour culminating in a program at Carnegie Hall, and appearances with the orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Saint Louis, Houston, and Dallas, among others. In Europe he tours extensively in recital and with orchestras in cities including Berlin, Vienna, Rome, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Brussels, and Leipzig. Continuing his long-standing partnership with Pinchas Zukerman, the duo appears in Copenhagen, Milan, Naples, Barcelona, Berlin, and Saint Petersburg. Mr. Bronfman’s collaborators have also included Martha Argerich, Magdalena Kožená, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Emmanuel Pahud, and many others.
Yefim Bronfman was nominated for a Grammy award in 2014 for his recording of Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the New York Philharmonic on the Da Capo label. His 2009 Deutsche Grammophon recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Piano Concerto was also nominated for a Grammy. 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 Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the 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.