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Yefim Bronfman


Yefim Bronfman, one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists, 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. Recent performance highlights include summer festival appearances, a European tour celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Munich Opera and Orchestra, return engagements with New York Philharmonic and the Boston, Kansas City, National, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and San Francisco symphonies, and a recital tour culminating at Carnegie Hall. 

This year marks the 45th anniversary of his debut with the Minnesota Orchestra when, in 1979, he performed Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto. Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union, 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 U.S., he studied at the Juilliard School, Marlboro School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music. A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, he has been honored in recent years with the Jean Gimbel Lane prize in piano performance from Northwestern University and an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.