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Biography

Piano

Internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists, YEFIM BRONFMAN stands among a handful of artists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors, and recital series.
 
In the wake of worldwide cancellations beginning in spring 2020, his 2020–21 season began in January 2021 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra followed by the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra in special programs recorded for streaming. Concerts in North America have continued with the orchestras of Dallas, New York, Atlanta, Houston, and Pittsburgh, with summer concerts in Vail with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Aspen, Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony, Grand Tetons, and on tour in Europe with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
 
Born in Tashkent in the 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 Firkušný, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. A recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists, in 2010 he was further honored as the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane prize in piano performance from Northwestern University and in 2015 with an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1981.