One thing that makes Tchaikovsky great, according to pianist Yefim Bronfman, is the nobility with which he expresses emotional vulnerability. Bronfman will perform the famous composer's rarely-heard Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in its season-opening concert. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, he discusses other qualities that make Tchaikovsky one of the best composers Russia ever produced.
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A world-renowned virtuoso who prepares several full concertos and solo concerts to perform around the globe each season, Bronfman shares a glimpse into the ways he maintains his activities at such a high level, and his dedication to performing new works. He has premiered new concertos written for him by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Magnus Lindberg in recent years. This spring, he'll give the first performance of a new concerto by Jörg Widmann.