The Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad once heralded Yefim Bronfman’s playing in a joint performance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as ‘unbelievably vibrant and virtuosic’. Yefim Bronfman was born in the USSR but emigrated with his parents to Israel in 1973. Two years later, he made his international debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under the direction of Zubin Mehta. He returned to Russia for the first time in 1991 to give a series of recitals with violinist Isaac Stern.
Over the course of his glittering career, Bronfman has appeared with nearly every major symphony orchestra in the world, making regular solo appearances with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He has returned regularly to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as a guest soloist since his first appearance with it in June 1999. As a Perspective Artist, he performed at Carnegie Hall in New York with both the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2007–8 season.
Bronfman has won Grammy Awards for his recordings of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Piano Concerto and the three Bartók piano concertos with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He served as artist in residence with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2013–14 season.
In November 2013, Bronfman travelled with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to Russia and Australia performing Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto. He also made an appearance under the baton of Gustavo Gimeno in a February 2014 performance of Magnus Lindberg’s Second Piano Concerto, dedicated to him.