Osip Nikiforov – learning from the best to craft the art of piano playing

Not too long ago, renowned concert pianist Yefim Bronfman told me that “for time reasons, teaching, except for the occasional master class was not in his cards for the foreseeable future;” his busy international performance career just would not allow for a regular teaching schedule. But exceptions always confirm the rule: When the young Russian pianist Osip Nikiforov, was in the process of applying to Grad programs, this is what happened: “I went on...
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AICF – In Support Of Israel’s Talent Network

An astounding display of musical talent was offered to guests and supporters at the festive 77th America-Israel Cultural Foundation Gala last Tuesday evening, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater under the auspices of Israel’s Consul General in New York, Dani Dayan. (Photo: Ilona Oltuski -Prize ceremony David Stern for Ivry Gitlis ) Honoring the memory of Vera Stern, the musical program unified three generations of virtuosi, all of whom had received support...
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Yefim Bronfman and Friends make Contact! with the audience at SubCulture

CONTACT! at SubCulture – photo credit: Chris Lee Something electrifying was in the air at the slightly overheated underground space at SubCulture on January 13th. The audience was brimming with press, concert-organizers, and artists, including the New York Philharmonic’s Maestro Alan Gilbert and Artistic Director of the 92nd Street Y Hanna Arie-Gaifman, co-producers of the contemporary music concert series CONTACT! at SubCulture. Having only opened a couple of months ago, the venue, co-owned by...
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Setting Pianistic Standards: The Arthur Rubinstein Society And International Piano Competition

  You don’t have to be a pianist, but you do have to be a musician that we know and respect, to be invited as a juror of the competition,” comments Idith Zvi, as she invites me into her small office, which has a grand piano and is filled with portraits of Arthur Rubinstein. As the society’s artistic director, she (with only the help of a small staff) manages all efforts that make the...
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Grosszügigkeit Und Freundschaft Stehen Für Den Pianisten Yefim Bronfman Im Mittelpunkt

  Auf wie viele Arten und Weisen kann man sich einem bewunderten und weltberühmten Künstler, der bereits eine endlose Anzahl an Interviews hinter sich hat, nähern? Was mich ermutigt hat, Yefim Bronfman neu zu beleuchten, ist mein höchster Respekt für seine aussergewöhnliche Klavierkunst und seine Persönlichkeit.. Ich möchte bereits bekannte sowie weniger bekannte Fakten über ihn verknüpfen, um so zu einem komplexen Portrait dieses bedeutenden Pianisten beizutragen.  Bronfmans liebenswerte Eigenschaft, sich selbst nicht allzu...
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Generosity And Friendships Take Centerstage For Pianist Yefim Bronfman

From how many more angles can one possibly approach a widely admired and world famous performer, who has answered interviewers’ questions on numerous occasions? Only my highest esteem for Yefim Bronfman’s stellar pianism and personable demeanor has encouraged me to try to shine yet another light on him. By connecting the dots between known facts, and adding some of his fresh comments, I hope to expand the portrait of one of our century’s major...
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