As an exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bronfman has recorded the nine Prokofiev piano sonatas as well as the five piano concertos with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. His recording of Bartok's three piano concertos with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (SK 66718) garnered him the 1997 "Best Instrumental Soloist" Grammy. His chamber recordings include the Mozart sonatas with Isaac Stern. Bronfman's recording of Tchaikovsky's The Seasons (SK 60689) was released internationally in October 1998. His recording of Shostakovich Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (SK 60677) was released at the end of 1999.
Bronfman is also involved in the soundtrack to Fantasia/2000, the first animated feature to be formatted for and exhibited in IMAX theatres. The 90-minute film pays tribute to its predecessor and to the millennium, and it features seven new segments set to music from Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals, Respighi's Pines of Rome, Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No.
2, Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Stravinsky's The Firebird.
Following a 1999 summer season highlighted by concerts at the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and by appearances at the BBC Proms and the Hollywood Bowl, Mr. Bronfman has several major projects planned for 1999-2000. He joins James Levine and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London for a special tour to premiere the highly anticipated new Disney animated feature film Fantasia/2000, on whose soundtrack Bronfman performs Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2. The series of gala screenings with live music take place in December 1999 in new York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles. Joining the Philadelphia Orchestra in celebration of its centenary, Bronfman appears as soloist with the Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch on its three-week European tour in May 2000, as well as concerts in Philadelphia and at Carnegie Hall earlier in the season. Bronfman's European schedule includes Beethoven Concerto cycles with Lorin Maazel and the Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra in Munich, and with the Prague Philharmonia; a tour with the Oslo Philharmonic led by Mariss Jansons, and a series of recitals in Italy.
Highlights of Bronfman's recent seasons have included concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic with Sanderling; the Chicago Symphony with Barenboim; the Cleveland Orchestra with Dohnanyi; the Pittsburgh Symphony and Bayerische Rundfunk with Lorin Maazel; the New York Philharmonic and St.
Petersburg Philharmonic with Jansons; and the Philadelphia Orchestra with Dutoit. In 1991 Bronfman gave a series of joint recitals with Isaac Stern in the former Soviet Union, marking his first public performance there since his emigration. His 1998-99 season included performances with the Orchestre de Paris, the Finnish Radio Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Bronfman also gave recitals in Paris, Berlin and Vienna and took part in a concert in St. Petersburg to honour compatriot Yuri Temirkanov on his 60th birthday.
A devoted chamber music performer, Mr. Bronfman has collaborated with the Emerson, Cleveland, Guarneri and Juilliard quartets, as well as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has also played chamber music with Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, Shlomo Mintz, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Pinchas Zukerman and many other artists.
Bronfman made his Washington recital debut at the Kennedy Center in 1981; with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1984; with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1985; and in 1989, the year he became an American citizen, he made debuts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and at Carnegie Hall. In the same year he signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical.
In 1991, he was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize - one of the highest honours given to an American instrumentalist. It was only the tenth such award to be given in fifteen years.
Born in Tashkent, Bronfman emigrated to Israel in 1973 and later became an American citizen. He auditioned for the Israel Philharmonic at the age of 15 and the following year made his debut with the Orchestra conducted by Kostelanetz. Two years later he toured America with the Israel Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein and Zubin Mehta and, in 1976, with support from Isaac Stern and the America-Israel Foundation, Bronfman emigrated to the United States, where he studied with Rudolf Serkin, Rudolf Firkusny, William Masselos and Leon Fleisher at the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School.