Kirov Orchestra Features Pianist Bronfman in CFA Concert

Posted: March 31, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Kirov Orchestra, also known as the orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, enjoys a long and distinguished history as one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia. Founded in the 18th century during the reign of Peter the Great, it was known before the revolution as the Russian Imperial Opera Orchestra. On Saturday, April 2, at 8 p.m., the Center for the Arts (CFA) presents the orchestra, which is conducted by maestro Valery Gergiev, and features special guest soloist Yefim Bronfman.

Grammy Award-winning pianist Bronfman joins the Kirov Orchestra for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s “Francesca da Rimini” during this program.

Bronfman emigrated to Israel from Tashkent in 1973, later becoming an American citizen. At the age of 16, he debuted with the Israel Philharmonic. Two years later, he toured America with the Israel Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein and Zubin Mehta. In the United States, Bronfman studied with Rudolf Serkin, Rudolf Firkusny, William Masselos, and Leon Fleisher at the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School.

The recipient of numerous international prizes, conductor Gergiev is a People’s Artist of Ukraine, the country’s highest state award, in recognition of his “important contribution to the development of cultural relations between Ukraine and Russia and his many years of fruitful activity.”

Other pieces to be performed are “Capriccio Espagnol” by Rimsky-Korsakov and “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky/Ravel.

A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins at 7:15 p.m. on the Concert Hall’s Grand Tier. Tickets are $50, $42, and $25. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit

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