1, Born in Tashkent in 1954, "Fima" Bronfman emigrated to Israel when he was 15.

2. You can watch him playing Bach at age 17, marvelously, here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcQjpUMV1ro

3. His teachers included Rudolf Serkin and Leon Fleisher.

4. Bronfman made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1989 and became an American citizen in July of that year.

5. Here are some of the many conductors with whom he has performed: 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, Michael Tilson Thomas, Franz Welser-Möst and David Zinman.

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