Yefim Bronfman – Yefim Fima Naumovitsj Bronfman

English: Yefim Bronfman (on the left) at the L...

English: Yefim Bronfman (on the left) at the Los Angeles Philharmonic concert in Hong Kong Cultural Centre on 29 October, 2008. 中文: 奕非·布朗夫曼(圖左)在洛杉磯愛樂樂團演奏會於香港文化中心,2008年10月29日。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yefim Bronfman – Наумович Бронфман – ‏יפים ברונפמן‎‎; * 10. April 1958 in Taschkent, Usbekistan) ist ein jüdischer Pianist.

Sein Vater war Konzertmeister im Opernorchester und seine Mutter war Pianistin. Zum Freundeskreis des Vaters gehörten auch Emil Gilels und David Oistrach. Er wurde zum Pianisten ausgebildet und spielte mit zwölf Jahren das erste Klavierkonzert von Sergei Rachmaninow. Als er 14 Jahre alt war emigrierte er mit seinen Eltern nach Israel, wo er bei Arie Vardi studierte. Seine Studien setzte er in den USA bei Rudolf Serkin und Leon Fleisher fort. Sein internationales Debüt hatte er mit Zubin Mehta und dem Montreal Symphony Orchestra im Jahre 1975. Heute gehört er zu den berühmten Pianisten der Welt.

He was born in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, and emigrated to Israel at the age of 15. He became an American citizen in 1989[citation needed].

He made his international debut in 1975 with Zubin Mehta and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1989 and gave a series of recitals with Isaac Stern in 1991. He won a Grammy award in 1997 for his recording of the three Bartók piano concertos with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Another recording with Salonen, of the concertos of Sergei Rachmaninov, was pirated by the record label Concert Artist and re-issued with the piano part falsely attributed to Joyce Hatto.

Bronfman is also devoted to chamber music and has performed with many chamber ensembles and instrumentalists.

He made a set of Prokofiev’s complete sonatas and concertos (with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra) for Sony Records.[1]

In 1999, he appeared in Disney’s Fantasia 2000, in a short clip introducing the „Steadfast Tin Soldier“ segment. His rendition of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto #2 in F-Major (1st movement) with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is the music used for the segment.

In March, 2006, Bronfman performed the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 with the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich.

Bronfman has also made an appearance with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s „Emperor“ Concerto.

His recent appearances have included performances with the Orchestre de Paris, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and Bronfman has also appeared as a Pennington Great Performers series artist with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra in 2005 and again in 2007. In January 2007, he also premiered Esa-Pekka Salonen’s piano concerto, of which he is the dedicatee, with the New York Philharmonic conducted by the composer. This was later followed by a European premiere at the Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In May 2008, Bronfman performed the BrahmsPiano Concerto No. 1 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, during a three-week Brahms Festival.[2] On Sept. 3, 2008, Bronfman performed Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas at the Opening Gala of the San Francisco Symphony,[2] and on Sept. 28 and 29 with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. David Robertson.[3] On March 25 and 26 2009, he performed Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor by Sergei Rachmaninov, this time under the baton of Pinchas Zukerman with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada.

Bronfman’s older sister, Elizabeth Krupnik is a violin player with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 30 years.

Cultural references

In The Human Stain by Philip Roth, the narrator attends a rehearsal at Tanglewood at which Bronfman performs. The following colorful description is offered (page 209-210):

  • Then Bronfman appears. Bronfman the brontosaur! Mr. Fortissimo. Enter Bronfman to play Prokofiev at such a pace and with such bravado as to knock my morbidity clear out of the ring. He is conspicuously massive through the upper torso, a force of nature camouflaged in a sweatshirt, somebody who has strolled into the Music Shed out of a circus where is the strongman and who takes on the piano as a ridiculous challenge to the gargantuan strength he revels in. Yefim Bronfman looks less like the person who is going to play the piano than like the guy who should be moving it. I had never before seen anybody go at a piano like this sturdy little barrel of an unshaven Russian Jew. When he’s finished, I thought, they’ll have to throw the thing out. He crushes it. He doesn’t let that piano conceal a thing. Whatever’s in there is going to come out, and come out with its hands in the air. And when it does, everything there out in the open, the last of the last pulsation, he himself gets up and goes, leaving behind him our redemption. With a jaunty wave, he is suddenly gone, and though he takes all his fire off with him like no less a force than Prometheus, our own lives now seem inextinguishable. Nobody is dying, nobody – not if Bronfman has anything to say about it.


see Houston Symphony Orchestra web site

  1. ^ Sony Classics
  2. ^ a b San Francisco Symphony website
  3. ^ St. Louis Symphony website

Bronfman performed the Brahm’s Second Piano Concerto with the Houston Symphony Orchestra March 12–15, 2009, under the baton of Maestro Hans Graf, resident Music Director.

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Yefim „Fima“ Naumovitsj Bronfman (Hebreeuws: ‏יפים ברונפמן, Russisch: Ефим Наумович Бронфман) (Tasjkent, Oezbeekse SSR, Sovjet-Unie, 10 april 1958) is een RussischIsraëlisch pianist.


Yefim Bronfman emigreerde naar Israël toen hij 15 was; inmiddels is hij Amerikaans staatsburger. Zijn internationale debuut maakte hij in 1975 bij het Montreal Symphony Orchestra onder leiding van Zubin Mehta.

In Carnegie Hall debuteerde hij in 1989 en hij gaf een serie recitals met Isaac Stern in 1991. Hij won een Grammy Award in 1997 voor zijn opname van de drie pianoconcerten van Bartók met het Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra onder leiding van Esa-Pekka Salonen. In maart 2006 voerde hij met het San Francisco Symphony Orchestra het pianoconcert van Sjostakovitsj uit. Het orkest werd gedirigeerd door Mstislav Rostropovitsj.

Bronfman is ook een toegewijd beoefenaar van kamermuziek en heeft al met vele bekende ensembles en instrumentalisten opgetreden. Met het Israel Philharmonic Orchestra onder leiding van Zubin Mehta heeft hij voor Sony de complete pianoconcerten en sonate’s van Sergej Prokofjev opgenomen.

In januari 2007 voerde hij de première van het pianoconcert van Esa-Pekka Salonen, met het New York Philharmonic, dat voor deze gelegenheid gedirigeerd werd door de componist zelf. Ook de Europese première, tijdens de Proms met het BBC Symphony Orchestra nam hij voor zijn rekening. In mei 2008 tenslotte zal Bronfman is het eerste pianoconcert van Brahms uitvoeren met Michael Tilson Thomas en het San Francisco Symphony.

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