Yefim Bronfman - Artist in Residence 19-20
In engaging the Grammy-winning Yefim Bronfman as their Artist in Residence for the 2019–20 season, the Wiener Symphoniker have, without a doubt, scored another artistic coup.
Like those who have held the position before him, such as the violinists Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider and Julia Fischer, the pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Yefim Bronf- man ranks among the top international elite of his profession. His reputation stretches far beyond the confines of classical music. His name has even found its way into American literature: the great American writer Philip Roth immortalised him in his prize-winning novel The Human Stain: “Then Bronfman appears ... He is ... a force of nature camouflaged in a sweatshirt, somebody who has strolled into the music shed out of a circus where he is the strongman and who takes on the piano as a ridiculous challenge to the gargantuan strength he revels in.”
Seven concerts and four programmes
make up the 2019–20 residency with the Symphoniker of this „force of nature“, born in 1958 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and whose teachers included Rudolf Serkin and Leon Fleisher. With Philippe Jordan he performs Brahms’ First Piano Concerto. Only a few days later he plays the same composer’s Second Piano Concerto with the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, Lahav Shani; Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto follows later in the season.
Philippe Jordan again takes the podium for the final concert of the resi- dency: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in c minor KV 491 at the Lucerne Festival in August 2020.