A piano masterclass, in collaboration with CAMA, to be given by the distinguished pianist Yefim Bronfman in Geiringer Hall on Friday, May 19 at 2:00 pm.

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. His commanding technique, power, and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike.

His 2022-2023 season included summer festival appearances in Verbier and Salzburg, a tour with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena, and performances with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Pacific, Madison, Toronto, and Montréal symphony orchestras; the Houston, New World, and New Jersey symphonies; the New York Philharmonic, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. In Europe, he also tours with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and appears with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk (Munich), Bamberg Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and Zürich Philharmonic.

Mr. Bronfman works regularly with an illustrious group of conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Jurowski, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jaap Van Zweden, Franz Welser-Möst, and David Zinman. Summer engagements have regularly taken him to the major festivals of Europe and the United States. Always keen to explore chamber music repertoire, his partners have included Pinchas Zukerman, Martha Argerich, Magdalena Kožená, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Emmanuel Pahud and many others. 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 at age 15.

Widely praised for his solo, chamber and orchestral recordings, Mr. Bronfman has been nominated for six GRAMMY Awards, winning in 1997 with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the three Bartók piano concerti. His prolific catalog of recordings includes works for two pianos by Rachmaninoff and Brahms with Emanuel Ax, the complete Prokofiev concerti with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, a Schubert/Mozart disc with the Zukerman Chamber Players and the soundtrack to Disney's Fantasia 2000.

Additional recordings include the GRAMMY-nominated Magnus Lindberg Piano Concerto No. 2 commissioned for him and performed by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert on the Da Capo label; Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 with Mariss Jansons and the Bayerischer Rundfunk; a recital disc, Perspectives; and recordings of all the Beethoven piano concerti as well as the Triple Concerto together with violinist Gil Shaham, cellist Truls Mørk, and the Tönhalle Orchestra Zürich under David Zinman for the Arte Nova/BMG label.

Born in Tashkent in the former Soviet Union, Yefim Bronfman immigrated to Israel in 1973, where he studied with pianist Arie Vardi at 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. A recipient of the prestigious 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. Mr. Bronfman serves on the Curtis Institute of Music faculty, where he holds the Neubauer Family Chair in Piano Studies.

Photo courtesy of Frank Stewart

Mr. Bronfman will be performing a concert presented by CAMA at the Granada Theater, Thursday, May 18, 2023: Yefim Bronfman, Schumann Piano Concerto with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra .

Event Details