Yefim Bronfman Set for Chamber Music Concert with NY Philharmonic Musicians, 3/30
Yefim Bronfman, the New York Philharmonic's 2013-14 Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, will be spotlighted in a chamber music concert co-presented with 92nd Street Y. Mr. Bronfman will be joined by Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow; Principal Clarinet Stephen Williamson; Associate Principal, Second Violin Group, Lisa Kim; Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young; and cellist Maria Kitsopoulos for the program, featuring Schubert's Sonatina in A minor; Bartók's Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano; and Brahms's Piano Quintet, Sunday, March 30, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at 92nd Street Y.
During his residency, Mr. Bronfman has performed on CONTACT!, the Philharmonic's new-music series, on a program also co-presented with the 92nd Street Y and featuring Philharmonic musicians; Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 on the 2013-14 season subscription-opening program, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert; and a reprise of his Grammy-nominated performance of Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra in New York and on the ASIA/WINTER 2014 tour. He will return as the featured soloist in The Beethoven Piano Concertos: A Philharmonic Festival, led by Alan Gilbert, June 11-28, 2014.
As the 2013-14 Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic, Yefim Bronfman plays concertos by composers ranging from Tchaikovsky to Magnus Lindberg; appears in chamber concerts featuring works by Marc-André Dalbavie, Marc Neikrug, Schubert, Bartók, and others; travels on the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour, performing Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2; and concludes the season with The Beethoven Piano Concertos: A Philharmonic Festival. Other highlights of Mr. Bronfman's 2013-14 season include a tour with Pinchas Zukerman to Ottawa, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Berkeley, and Vancouver; performing Beethoven with conductor Zubin Mehta at the Berlin Philharmonic's new spring residency in Baden-Baden; returns to the orchestras of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Boston, as well as Paris, Munich, Berlin, and Amsterdam; and a tour of Australia with Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as part of its worldwide centenary celebrations. Mr. Bronfman was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009 for his recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Piano Concerto, with Mr. Salonen conducting (released on Deutsche Grammophon), having received a Grammy in 1997 for his recording of the three Bartók piano concertos with Mr. Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His performance of Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto with Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from the 2011 Lucerne Festival is now available on DVD. His most recent CD release is Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2, commissioned for him and performed by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert, on the Dacapo label. Born in Tashkent, in the Soviet Union, in 1958, Yefim Bronfman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973. There he studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. He later studied in the United States, at The Juilliard School, Marlboro, and The Curtis Institute of Music, and with Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. He became an American citizen in July 1989. Yefim Bronfman last appeared in a concert at 92nd Street Y in March 2009 performing Schubert's Trout Quintet with the Zukerman ChamberPlayers. He last appeared with the Philharmonic in January 2014 and on the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour performing Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2, led by Alan Gilbert.
Glenn Dicterow made his solo debut at the age of 11 in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His honors include the Young Musicians Foundation Award, Coleman Competition Award, Julia Klumpke Award, and Bronze Medal in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970. Since joining the New York Philharmonic in 1980 as Concertmaster, The Charles E. Culpeper Chair, he has made annual solo appearances with the Orchestra. Mr. Dicterow also frequently appears as soloist with orchestras around the world, and he performed Bernstein's Serenade with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Isaac Stern at Eighty: A Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Dicterow is featured in the violin solos in Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben and Also sprach Zarathustra with Zubin Mehta for CBS Records. He has recorded works by Wieniawski with Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Lee Holdridge's Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer; and Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Maxim Shostakovich. His most recent CD is a recital on Cala Records' New York Legends series. Glenn Dicterow is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, as well as a faculty artist at the Music Academy of the West, following three years of participation in Music Academy Summer Festivals. In the fall of 2013, he became the first to hold the Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. He will join the Philharmonic's Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman and Principal Cello Carter Brey in Beethoven's Triple Concerto, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, June 24-28, 2014, as he concludes his 34-year tenure as the Orchestra's Concertmaster.
Stephen Williamson joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Clarinet, The Edna and W. Van Alan Clark Chair, in July 2013. He previously served as principal clarinet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO, 2011-13) and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (2003-11), and was a frequent guest principal clarinetist with the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra. An avid soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Williamson has performed extensively in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and he has served on the faculties of Columbia University, Mannes College of Music, and Pacific Music Festival. He has recorded for the Sony Classics, Telarc, CRI, BMG, Naxos, and Decca labels and can be heard on numerous film soundtracks, including John Williams' Oscar-nominated score to Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. Mr. Williamson graduated from the Eastman School of Music and received his master's degree from The Juilliard School. As a Fulbright Scholar, he furthered his studies at Berlin's Hochschule der Künste. Stephen Williamson's honors include grand prize of the 1994 Boosey & Hawkes/Buffet Crampon First Annual North American Clarinet Competition and awards from the Concert Artists Guild Competition and Coleman International Chamber Music Competition.