Fri., May 1, 2020
Sat., May 2, 2020
Sun., May 3, 2020
Weber | Overture from Euryanthe
Stravinsky | Petrushka
Brahms | Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor
John DeMain, Conductor
Yefim Bronfman, Piano
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The Russian-Israeli powerhouse returns to perform Brahms’s first piano concerto. Its grandeur and thrilling technical difficulties have given it a deserved place among the towering keyboard masterpieces of all time.
“Yefim Bronfman is one of the finest artists of the piano in the world. His all encompassing repertoire coupled by a simply awesome technique, makes him one our favorite guest soloists, whom we try to invite back as often as we can get him. His playing of the Brahms first piano concerto is sure to be definitive. But the concert offers even more delights beginning with Weber’s classic Overture from Euryanthe, and followed by Stravinsky’s great Ballet Score Petrushka, a story of a Russian puppet come to life. The energy of Petrushka and the great beauty and power of Brahms as played on our magnificent Hamburg Steinway, will bring our 2019/20 season to an exciting close. As you know, I try to make every concert an event not to be missed. Be there with me for the entire season. I know you won’t regret it!” – John DeMain
About Yefim Bronfman
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. Bronfman works regularly with an illustrious group of conductors, and summer engagements have regularly taken him to the major festivals of Europe and the US. 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. He has also given numerous solo recitals in the leading halls of North America, Europe and the Far East, including acclaimed debuts at Carnegie Hall in 1989 and Avery Fisher Hall in 1993. Widely praised for his solo, chamber and orchestral recordings, Mr. Bronfman has been nominated for 6 Grammy Awards, winning in 1997 with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for their recording of the three Bartok Piano Concerti.
Bronfman’s playing was a finely spun whirl of notes that verged on the unbelievable . . . it was impossible to take one’s eyes or ears off the bear-like, protean pianist, who has both technical brawn and a glittery grace. – The Los Angeles Times
It’s safe to say there is no pianist around remotely like Yefim Bronfman. – The Philadelphia Enquirer
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