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  • Oct. 7, 2008
  • Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Join Bronfman
    in a Program of Works by Brahms and Schubert

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2008, AT 8 PM

    Yefim Bronfman, considered by many to be one of today’s most wide-ranging and virtuosic concert pianists, begins his tenure as a Los Angeles Philharmonic 2008/09 season On Location artist with an LA PHIL Chamber Music Society series performance featuring members of the Philharmonic, Tuesday, October 7, at 8 p.m., at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Bronfman performs Schubert’s lyrical and ebullient Quintet for Piano and Strings, "Trout," and is joined by LA PHIL musicians Martin Chalifour, violin; Carrie Dennis, viola; Peter Stumpf, cello; Christopher Hanulik, bass. Also on the program is Brahms' richly dramatic String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1, featuring LA PHIL musicians Ingrid Chun and Mitchell Newman, violins; Lyndon Johnston Taylor, viola; and Gloria Lum, cello.

    In addition to this evening of chamber music, Bronfman appears in two subscription programs as well as a tour of the Far East with the orchestra and Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen. The LA PHIL’s On Location program brings celebrated arts figures to Los Angeles for extended stays. Other 2008/09 On Location artists are director Peter Sellars, composer John Adams and soprano Dawn Upshaw – all, like Bronfman, frequent collaborators with LA PHIL Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen.

    The October 7 concert is the first of the LA PHIL's Chamber Music Society’s 2008/09 season presentations at Walt Disney Concert Hall, which include two series of four concerts performed by members of the orchestra with distinguished guest artists. Upcoming programs are November 25, 2008; February 3, 2009, with Yuja Wang, piano; February 24; March 17 with Kate Royal, soprano; March 31; April 28; and May 26 with Christoph Eschenbach, piano.

    YEFIM BRONFMAN is widely regarded as one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today. His commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide, whether for his solo recitals, his prestigious orchestral engagements or his rapidly growing catalogue of recordings. Other highlights of Bronfman’s 2008/09 season include a duo recital tour with Emanuel Ax including performances at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall; and a solo recital tour traversing the U.S. and Europe and culminating in performances at London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and in St. Petersburg. North American engagements include opening the 2008/09 season with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas and with the New York Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel, as well as performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Montreal Symphony and Toronto Symphony, among others. In Europe, he appears with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de France, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival and the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. As a “Perspectives” artist at Carnegie Hall for the 2007/08 season, Bronfman partnered with some of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors. Bronfman appears regularly with such celebrated ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, London’s Philharmonia, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has worked with an equally illustrious group of conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov, Franz Welser-Möst and David Zinman. Summer engagements have regularly taken him to the Aspen, Bad Kissingen, Blossom, Hollywood Bowl, Lucerne, Mann Music Center, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Salzburg, Saratoga, Tanglewood and Verbier festivals. Bronfman has won widespread praise for his solo, chamber and orchestral recordings. He won a Grammy award in 1997 for his recording of the three Bartók Piano Concertos with Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His discography also includes the complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas; all five of the Prokofiev Piano Concertos, nominated for both Grammy and Gramophone awards; and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3. His most recent releases are Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, a recital disc, Perspectives, which complements Bronfman’s designation as a Carnegie Hall “Perspectives” artist for the 2007/08 season, and recordings of all the Beethoven piano concerti as well as the Triple Concerto with violinist Gil Shaham, cellist Truls Mork and the Tönhalle Orchestra Zürich under David Zinman for the Arte Nova/BMG label. Fall 2008 sees the release of the Tchaikovsky Trio in A minor with partners Gil Shaham and Truls Mork. Bronfman was born in Tashkent, in the Soviet Union, on April 10, 1958. He became an American citizen in July 1989.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, presents the finest in orchestral and chamber music, recitals, new music, jazz, world music and holiday concerts at two of the most remarkable places anywhere to experience music — Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to a 30-week winter subscription season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil presents a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the Association’s involvement with Los Angeles extends to educational programs, community concerts and children's programming, ever seeking to provide inspiration and delight to the broadest possible audience.


    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2008, at 8 PM


    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles





    INGRID CHUN, violin

    CARRIE DENNIS, viola


    GLORIA LUM, cello


    PETER STUMPF, cello


    BRAHMS String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1

    SCHUBERT Quintet for Piano and Strings, “Trout”

    Tickets ($24 - $49) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, online at, or via credit card by phone at 323.850.2000. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For information, please call 323.850.2000.

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