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Q&A With Yefim Bronfman


Q&A With Yefim Bronfman


Yefim Bronfman internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists, 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 Yefim joins the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as the pianist for season opening concert Symphonie fantastique concert.

Fanfare Cincinnati: Tell us about your experience with the Bartók Second Piano Concerto.
Yefim Bronfman: I learned it very young. It was a challenge at the time, something that introduced me to 20th-century language and particularly the language of Bartók. It was a foundation for my other interests in 20th-century music and the new music that evolved from that experience.

FC: Have you worked with Louis Langrée before? What has the experience been like?
YB: I have worked with him once. It was a wonderful experience at Mostly Mozart. He is a wonderful musician and great conductor.

FC: Was there an “aha” moment when you realized you wanted to be a pianist? When did you know you could make being a pianist a career, not just a hobby?
YB: It’s still a hobby! FC: What music do you listen to when you’re not working? YB: Silence. FC: Where do you seek and find inspiration? YB: Perspiration, from working hard.