Yefim BronfmanPianist

Press

Critical Acclaim

“The excellent pianist Yefim Bronfman was the soloist in an appropriately mercurial performance of Mozart’s moody Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor. He deftly alternated bold dramatic gestures with elegantly intimate ruminations. Playing cadenzas he composed himself, Mr. Bronfman placed more emphasis on exploring the harmonic and contrapuntal implications of Mozart's music than on the typical display of virtuosity.

“Mr. Bronfman also gave a gracious account of the substantial piano solo part in Mozart’s elaborate concert aria, ‘Ch’io mi scordi de te? . . . Non temer, amato bene,’ performed by the Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena.” – New York Times , 8.5.04

“The brilliant soloist, Yefim Bronfman, tore through this staggeringly difficult piano part [Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1] with such technical command and tireless energy that I bet he could have played it right through a second time and once again not dropped a single note. The famous opening chords rang through the hall with steely tone and chilling power. The onrushing passage work had crackling clarity and sweep. He dispatched the bursts of double octaves and repeated chords as if his arms were jackhammers. There were moments of delicacy and ruminative lyricism as well …The finale whisked by like some hellbent Russian dance.” – New York Times 3.6.06

“Mr. Bronfman did some of the best teaching you can ever hope to witness [in a master class at the Mannes College of Music]. I would go so far as to say it was revelatory. He taught in two pieces that are extremely well-known: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in C minor and his ‘Moonlight’ Sonata. Familiar as they are, you felt, when Mr. Bronfman was through, that you had hardly known them. … Polite and encouraging as he was, he never hesitated to give a candid assessment or candid advice. … He rarely said, ‘Do this, do that.’ Instead, he would say, ‘I would do this, I would do that.’

“But, frankly, most of what Mr. Bronfman had to say sounded more like absolute truth than personal opinion.… And his playing, his demonstrating? Almost beyond praise. … To hear Mr. Bronfman play, and talk, was a profound experience (as well as a dazzling one).

“When the first Mannes student left the stage, Mr. Bronfman said, ‘Of course, you should feel free to disregard everything we’ve talked about.’ I wouldn’t – and neither would anyone else.” – New York Sun, 6.5.07 [Jay Nordlinger]