From October 12 to 15, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra welcomes back the incomparable Yefim Bronfman for performances of Bronfman Plays Beethoven—a wonderfully eclectic program of works composed over the course of more than 250 years, conducted by Music Director Gustavo Gimeno.
Bronfman—or “Fima”, as he’s known affectionately—has a long and rich history with the TSO, so his appearances during our 100th-anniversary season are perfectly apt. He made his début with us more than 40 years ago, on November 17, 1981, playing Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto under the baton of Armenian-American guest conductor Varujan Kojian. That concert was part of our final season at our previous home of Massey Hall. The TSO relocated to the newly built Roy Thomson Hall in September 1982.
Another notable Bronfman appearance took place in March 2014, when he and the TSO performed the Canadian Première of Magnus Lindberg’s Second Piano Concerto, which was written specifically for him. By a delightful twist of fate (and programming), the concert immediately following Bronfman Plays Beethoven in our calendar, Yuja Wang + Gimeno Conducts Bruckner, includes the Canadian Première of Lindberg’s Third Piano Concerto, this time written for and played by Wang.
The Beethoven piece that Bronfman is bringing to life this time is the breathtaking Piano Concerto No. 3. Watch the video below to hear what our soloist had to say about this virtuosic masterpiece.