The Gilmore Blog
Published March 8, 2016
On April 29, Grammy Award-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman makes his first appearancewith The Gilmore. He performs Sergie Prokofiev’s three “War Sonatas,” which is a bold move and a first for the pianist.
“I have played them individually, and I have made recordings of them, but… I have to confess that this is the first time, actually, that I’m playing it as a cycle,” Bronfman said.
According to a review from the Chicago Tribune following Bronfman’s performance of the cycle at Ravinia, he had nothing to fear. “There aren’t many pianists with technique and stamina outsized enough to take on this bulk of Prokofiev’s solo keyboard music in two big gulps within three nights, as the Uzbekistan-born American pianist is doing here,” wrote John von Rhein for the Tribune. “But Bronfman did so with blazing power in the Russian manner, tempered with subtlety and nuance, in the first of his now-revised programs on Tuesday night.”
Watch him perform an excerpt from Sonata No. 7 below, and get tickets for his April 29 concert at the 2016 Gilmore Keyboard Festival.
Watch the replay from his 2018 Festival performance.
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