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Yefim Bronfman to Perform at Pick-Staiger Oct. 4

Recital by world famous artist to take place on Northwestern’s Evanston campus

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September 28, 2011 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Award-winning artist Yefim Bronfman, the 2010 recipient of the $50,000 Northwestern University Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance, will soon demonstrate his highly praised keyboard skills for Chicago area and North Shore audiences.

Bronfman’s solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus, is presented by Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music. His program features Brahms’ Sonata No. 3 in F Minor and selections from Liszt’s “Transcendental Etudes,” as well as Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major.

Tickets are $25 for the general public and $12 for full-time students with valid IDs. To order tickets, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000 or visit www.pickstaiger.org.

The Bienen School of Music’s biennial award was established in 2005 to honor pianists who have achieved the highest levels of national and international recognition. Previous recipients are Richard Goode (2006) and Stephen Hough (2008).

Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize and a 1997 Grammy Award, Bronfman is widely regarded as one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today, possessing a commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts. In recent seasons he has performed as a guest artist on the European tour of the New York Philharmonic and concertized with the Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Cleveland symphony orchestras, the Vienna Philharmonic, and at the Tanglewood Festival.

His 2011-12 engagements include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s recent opening gala with conductor Riccardo Muti as well as performances with orchestras across the United States. This winter, Bronfman will perform the world premiere of Magnus Lindburg’s concerto commission for him by the New York Philharmonic. 

Bronfman has been a “Perspectives” artist at Carnegie Hall and an “Artiste Etoile” at the Lucerne Festival. A devoted chamber musician, he has collaborated with cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Harrell, violinist Joshua Bell and the Juilliard, Guarneri and Emerson string quartets. Recent releases in his extensive recording catalogue include Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with conductor Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; “Perspectives,” recorded while an artist-in-residence with the ‘Perspectives’ series at Carnegie Hall; and recordings of all of the Beethoven piano concerti and the Triple Concerto.

Born in the Soviet Union in 1958, Bronfman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973. In Israel, he studied with pianist Arie Vardi and in the United States at the Juilliard School, Marlboro program and the Curtis Institute with Leon Fleisher and Rudolf Serkin.

For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit www.pickstaiger.org

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