Grammy Award-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman is widely regarded as one of the most talented virtuosos performing today. Born in Tashkent in 1958, he immigrated to Israel in 1973. In Israel he studied with Prof. Arie Vardi and in the USA he studied at Juilliard, Marlboro and the Curtis Institute, as well as with Rudolf Firkushny, Leon Fleisher and Rudolf Serkin.
He made his international debut in 1975 with Zubin Mehta and the Montreal Symphony. Since then he has appeared with major orchestras worldwide, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and other American orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Symphony, L'Orchestre de Paris, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (in Israel and on tours abroad) and others.
He has worked with celebrated conductors, among them Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov, Franz Welser-MúÌst and David Zinman. Yefim Bronfman is a devoted chamber musician and recitalist. His festival engagements include Ravinia, Tanglewood, Hollywood Bowl, Aspen, Blossom, Mostly Mozart, Salzburg, Lucerne, Verbier and others.
Yefim Bronfman has won widespread praise for his solo, chamber and orchestral recordings. In December 1999 he joined James Levine and the Philharmonia Orchestra for a special tour to premiere Disney's Fantasia 2000, on whose soundtrack Mr. Bronfman performs Shostakovich's Piano Concerto no. 2. The series of gala screenings with live music took place in New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles. In 1991 he won the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize.