Vladimir Jurowski & Yefim Bronfman
Ludwig van Beethoven
Overture to Collin's Tragedy "Coriolan" in C minor op. 62
Concerto for piano and orchestra
Symphony No. 4 in C minor op. 43
Vladimir Jurowski - Conductor
Vladimir Jurowski has been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin since 2017. He has meanwhile extended his contract until 2027. In parallel, he has been General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich since 2021.
After receiving training at the Moscow Conservatory The conductor, pianist and musicologist Vladimir Jurowski emigrated to Germany in 1990. Here he continued his studies at the music conservatories in Dresden and Berlin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the British Wexford Festival with Rimski-Korsakov’s Mainacht and in the same year at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Nabucco. Subsequently he was, among other things, First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin (1997- 2001) and Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001-2013). In 2003 Vladimir Jurowski was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and has been its Principal Conductor since 2007 until 2021. He was also Artistic Director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra Yevgeny Svetlanov of the Russian Federation until 2021, Artistic Director of the International George Enescu Festival in Bucharest and Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Great Britain. He works regularly with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the ensemble unitedberlin.
Vladimir Jurowski has conducted the major orchestras of Europe and North America, including the Berlin, Vienna and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
He is a recurring guest conductor in in London, Berlin, Dresden, Luzern, Schleswig-Holstein und Grafenegg as well as at the Rostopowitsch-Festival. Although Vladimir Jurowski is invited as a guest conductor by top orchestras from all over the world, in future he would like to concentrate his activities on that geographical area which is acceptable to him from an ecological point of view.
In 2022/2023 he performed with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin in concerts in various cities in Germany, Italy and Antwerp in the Netherlands. The joint CD recordings of Vladimir Jurowski and the RSB began in 2015 with Alfred Schnittke’s Symphony No. 3, followed by works by Britten, Hindemith, Strauss, Mahler and soon again Schnittke.
Vladimir Jurowski has been the recipient of numerous awards for his achievements, including various international record prizes. In 2016, he was bestowed an honorary doctorate from Prince Charles at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2018, the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards named him Conductor of the Year. In summer 2020, Jurowski was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit by the Romanian President in recognition of his work as Artistic Director of the George Enescu Festival.
Yefim Bronfman - Piano
Yefim Bronfman is regarded worldwide as one of the most important pianists of our time. His imposing technique, his power and his high art of interpretation are appreciated and admired by the specialist press and the public alike. He belongs to that illustrious circle of artists who enjoy constant interest among festivals, orchestras, conductors and recital organizers.
In the 2021/22 season Yefim Bronfman is Artist-in-Residence at the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam. Right at the beginning of the season he will accompany the orchestra on a European tour, and he will conclude the season with the world premiere of a concerto commissioned for him by Elena Firsova in June 2022. Further concert engagements take him to the Philharmonia Orchestra London, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Israel Philharmonic. On tour with the Munich Philharmonic he can be heard in Vienna and Frankfurt, and with the Concertgebouworkest he plays in Luxembourg and Paris.
He is a guest at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and follows re-invitations from the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as the symphony orchestras in Boston, Houston, St. Louis, San Francisco, Montreal, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Oregon, San Antonio, Cincinnati and Palm Beach. In recital, he can be heard in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Chicago, New York’s Carnegie Hall, as well as in Italy, Spain and Germany.
Yefim Bronfman was born in Tashkent, Soviet Union. In 1973 he emigrated with his family to Israel. Here he studied with Arie Vardi at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He later continued his studies in the U.S. at the Juilliard School, the Marlboro School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music with Rudolf Firkušný, Leon Fleisher and Rudolf Serkin. Bronfman is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors for American musicians. In 2010, he was honored with the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from Northwestern University, and in 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.
Concert introduction: 7.10 pm, Ludwig van Beethoven Hall, concert introduction by Steffen Georgi
Concert introduction: 7.10 pm, South Foyer, concert introduction by Steffen Georgi
Recording from 15.04., radio broadcast DLF Köln on 23.04.2023, 9:05 p.m.