GRAMMY®-Winning Pianist Yefim Bronfman Returns to Music City for Nashville Symphony Performances October 27-28

GRAMMY®-Winning Pianist Yefim Bronfman Returns to Music City for Nashville Symphony Performances October 27-28

Tickets start at only $20 for concerts also featuring live recording

of American composer Tobias Picker’s ‘Opera Without Words’

Nashville,TN (October 19, 2017) – The Nashville Symphony’s 2017/18 Aegis Sciences Classical Series continues on October 27-28 with the return of one of classical music’s true superstars — internationally renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman –  as well as the Symphony’s second live recording of the season.

A GRAMMY® winner and the 1991 recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, Bronfman will join the orchestra as the featured soloist on Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, closing out a program that also includes Richard Wagner’s Overture and Venusberg Music from Tannhäuser, and American composer Tobias Picker’s Opera Without Words, which will be recorded live for future worldwide release on Naxos.

Tickets start at $20 with promo code FALL, and the Symphony’s Soundcheck program offers $10 tickets to students in K-12, college and grad school.

Bronfman returns to Nashville in the midst of busy touring season that has already taken him throughout Europe and North America, and includes an upcoming performance with the Israel Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, as well as appearances with the Vienna Philharmonic as part of his 60th birthday celebration next spring.

With a commanding technique, power and exceptional lyrical gifts that have earned him rave reviews for both recitals and solo appearances with some of the world’s biggest orchestras, Bronfman is the perfect fit for the Beethoven concerto. The piece, which debuted in 1803 with the composer himself as the soloist, was influenced by Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24. Though the two concertos share several similarities, Beethoven’s is distinctly his own—boasting his signature style throughout many of the pianist’s dramatic runs, with techniques and innovations that would surface again in some of the composer’s later work, particularly his landmark Fifth Symphony.

Described by The New Yorker as “a genuine creator with a fertile unforced vein of invention,” Tobias Picker is one of today’s most active opera composers and is equally accomplished as a writer of orchestral music. For Opera Without Words, Picker channeled his experience writing for both forms to create a truly one-of-a-kind music drama that represents various individuals in his life. Though structured like an opera, the absence of lyrics allows the musicians to become the storytellers of the piece. 

Both works will also be featured at the Nashville Symphony’s next Blakeford Coffee & Classics concert at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 27. Free coffee and pastries beginning at 9:30 a.m. are included in all Coffee & Classics ticket purchases. Learn more here.

Tickets for Bronfman Plays Beethoven may be purchased:

  • Online at
  • Via phone at 615.687.6400
  • At the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Box Office, One Symphony Place in downtown Nashville

More information and full program notes can be found at:

The GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its innovative programming and its commitment to performing, recording and commissioning works by America’s leading composers. The Nashville Symphony has released 28 recordings on Naxos, which have received 20 GRAMMY® nominations and 11 GRAMMY® Awards, making it one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. With more than 170 performances annually, the orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, and children’s concerts, while its extensive education and community engagement programs reach up to 60,000children and adults each year.



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