Born in Tashkent in the former Soviet Union, Yefim Bronfman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1981. Mr. Bronfman’s 2015-16 season centers on a residency with the Staatskapelle Dresden, which includes all the Beethoven concertos in Dresden and on tour in Europe. Mr. Bronfman also performs Bartók’s concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra in Edinburgh, London, Vienna, Luxembourg, and New York, and he returns to the Vienna Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, and Seattle. Recital performances include cycles of the complete Prokofiev sonatas over three programs in Berlin, at Carnegie Hall, and with Berkeley’s Cal Performances. Following the success of their first US tour last spring, he rejoins Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lynn Harrell for a European tour.
Mr. Bronfman was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1991 and the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in piano performance from Northwestern University in 2010. He has been nominated for three Grammy awards, one of which he won with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for their recording of the three Bartók piano concertos. His catalogue of recordings includes works for two pianos by Rachmaninoff and Brahms with Emanuel Ax, the complete Prokofiev concertos with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, a Schubert/Mozart disc with the Zukerman Chamber Players, and the soundtrack to Disney's Fantasia 2000. His most recent CD releases are a 2014 Grammy-nominated recording of Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2, commissioned for him and performed with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert on the Da Capo label; Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra; a recital disc, Perspectives, complementing Mr. Bronfman’s designation as a Carnegie Hall “Perspectives” artist for the 2007-08 season; and recordings of all the Beethoven piano concertos as well as the Triple Concerto together with violinist Gil Shaham, cellist Truls Mørk, and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra under David Zinman for the Arte Nova/BMG label.
Now available on DVD are his performances of Liszt's Second Piano Concerto with Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna Philharmonic on Deutsche Grammophon, Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto with Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle on the EuroArts label. Future DVD releases include both Brahms concertos with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra.