You could go to Carnegie Hall in New York, Hertz Hall in Berkeley, the Schiller Theater in Berlin, and Symphony Center in Chicago, among others, to hear Israeli-American pianist Yefim Bronfman play a much-anticipated all-Prokofiev recital consisting of the composer’s sonatas.
Or you could hear him in the intimate setting of the Fresno State Concert Hall as part of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts series. He performs Friday, Jan. 22.
It’s another example of how the Keyboard series uses its clout to attract among the finest pianists in the world even with its relatively small seating capacity. In this season’s lineup of artists, Bronfman’s appearance is the biggest coup.
“The concert promises to be the absolute highlight of our current season,” says Keyboard artistic director Andreas Werz.
Bronfman, a 1997 Grammy Award winner for a recording of the three Bartók Piano concerti with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is a regular soloist with the Vienna, New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, and the Boston, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco and Seattle symphonies.
Recent recital performances have included the complete cycle of Prokofiev sonatas over three performances. His one-time Fresno concert will feature the 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th sonatas.
Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union, Yefim Bronfman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973. He became an American citizen in 1989.
His many recordings have garnered multiple Grammy nominations, including in 2014 for Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 commissioned for him and performed by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert on the Da Capo label.
“Yefim Bronfman is one of the most prominent figures in the music world today,” Werz says. “We’re excited.”
Yefim Bronfman plays Keyboard Concerts
- 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22
- Fresno State Concert Hall
- www.keyboardconcerts.com, 559-278-2337
- $25, $18 seniors, $5 students