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 September 2013.
Mr. Bronfman began the 2014-15 season with appearances at summer festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood, Vail, and La Jolla, and a residency at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Other appearances this season include performances with the symphonies of Chicago (with whom he also appears in Carnegie Hall), Saint Louis, Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh, the New World Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Berlin, New York, and Los Angeles philharmonics. He performs Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 (commissioned for and premiered by Mr. Bronfman) with the Gothenburg Symphony and the London Philharmonic. With the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst, he will play and record both Brahms piano concertos; he also performs Brahms at La Scala with Valery Gergiev. After a break of many years, Mr. Bronfman will return to Japan for recitals and orchestral concerts with London's Philharmonia Orchestra, and to Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Sydney, and Melbourne. In the spring he joins Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lynn Harrell for their first US tour together.
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.