Born in Tashkent in the former Soviet Union, 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 School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, under Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. He became an American citizen in 1989. In 1991 he gave a series of joint recitals with Isaac Stern in Russia, marking Mr. Bronfman's first public performances there since his emigration to Israel. That same year he was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize.
In recognition of a relationship of more than thirty years, Mr. Bronfman joined the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta during the orchestra’s US tour in thelast fall. In addition to return engagements with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the orchestras of New York, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, Indianapolis, and Toronto, he tours with the Vienna Philharmonic and Andrés Orozco-Estrada in a special program celebrating his sixtieth birthday. He is also heard in recital in Berlin, Italy, France, Belgium and London, and he tours Asia with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Bronfman has been nominated for six Grammy Awards; he won a Grammy in 1997 for his recording of the three Bartók piano concertos with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His other recordings include works for two pianos by Rachmaninoff and Brahms with Emanuel Ax, the complete Prokofiev piano 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. Among his most recent releases are a Grammy-nominated recording of Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert; Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony; a recital disc, Perspectives, complementing Mr. Bronfman’s designation as a Carnegie Hall “Perspectives” artist for the 2007-08 season; and recordings of the complete Beethoven piano concertos and the Triple Concerto together with violinist Gil Shaham, cellist Truls Mørk, and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under David Zinman.
Several of Mr. Bronfman’s performances are now available on DVD, including Liszt's Second Piano Concerto with Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna Philharmonic (Deutsche Grammophon), Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto with Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from the 2011 Lucerne Festival, Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle (EuroArts), and both Brahms concertos with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra.
Mr. Bronfman received is an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music in 2015. Previously he was the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize performance from Northwestern University. He made his SFS debut in 1981.
Mr. Bronfman received is an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music in 2015. Previously he was the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize from Northwestern University. He made his SFS debut in 1981.