As he approaches the 30th anniversary of U.S. premiere at Carnegie Hall, pianist Yefim Bronfman remains committed to the cause of music. “The processes of music-making never cease, for the human spirit cannot be stopped, and one integral expression of humanity is music,” said the pianist in an interview with the Huffington Post.

Fima, as he’s called by his many friends and fans, turned 60 in April, and will return May 20 to Orchestra Hall, where he’s a frequent and welcome guest, for an SCP Piano recital. “I have learned that success takes a lot of hard work and confidence,” he said. “The mystery that compels me to the next concert is difficult to pinpoint and highly complicated, though the most important thing is a foundation that can allow a person to persevere, which for me is a love of music.

“Another lesson is that we must always be prepared to deliver excellence. Careers sometimes last for only a short time, but if you consistently deliver interesting music, then I think that someone out there will always want to hear it. I have always been fascinated by music; I do not play music because the market needs it, but because I am a naturally curious person. What drives me is the desire to improve. Though I do not always succeed, I always try to get better.”

For his May 20 recital, Bronfman will perform Schumann’s Humoreske, Widmann’s Eleven Humoresques, Debussy’s Suite bergamasque and Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major. For more information, click here.