Beethoven, Bronfman and the universe – Jackson Hole News & Guide

Beethoven runs in pianist Yefim Bronfman’s blood.

It’s only natural, since two of his teachers, Rudolph Serkin and Leon Fleisher, were widely considered among the 20th century’s greatest interpreters of Beethoven’s piano music.

“My teacher Leon Fleisher said that when you play Beethoven, you feel like you are part of the universe,” Bronfman said during a recent Zoom interview. “It is a unique experience to play Beethoven in general and the slow movements in particular.”

Bronfman will merge with the universe through Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor this weekend with the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, led by Grand Teton Music Festival Music Director Sir Donald Runnicles. While coronavirus health safety guidelines continue to limit the seating in Walk Festival Hall, one happy side effect is that the program will be presented three times, rather than the usual two, with Saturday’s concert offered as a free livestream, too…

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