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Daniil Trifonov


  • Born in Nizhniy Novgorod in 1991, Daniil Trifonov is one of the brightest names of the next generation of pianists. His reputation for outstanding performances, musical insight and expressive intensity has already surpassed the attention he received during the 2010/11 season when he won medals at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw (Third Prize), the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv (First Prize) and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (First Prize and Grand Prix, an additional honour bestowed on the best overall competitor in any category). In 2013, he was also awarded the prestigious Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Instrumental Soloist by Italy’s foremost music critics.

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  • Highlights of recent seasons have included debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic (tour and subscription concerts), London Symphony and Mariinsky Orchestras with Gergiev, Israel Philharmonic with Mehta, Philharmonia Orchestra with Maazel, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra with Harth-Bedoya, Philadelphia Orchestra with Macelaru, San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra with Vanska, Russian National Orchestra with Pletnev, New York Philharmonic with Gilbert, Cleveland Orchestra with Gaffigan, Boston Symphony with Guerrero, Chicago Symphony and Royal Philharmonic with Dutoit, Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Elder, Oslo Philharmonic with Petrenko and Danish Radio Symphony with Noseda. In the 2015/16 season, Trifonov performed the complete Rachmaninov Piano Concerti with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at the Lincoln Center and with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall London. Other highlights included the premiere of Trifonov’s own Piano Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Honeck, a four-concert residency at the Wigmore Hall and a performance with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Welser-Möst as part of the Nobel Prize Awards. In May 2016, Trifonov was awarded a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in the Instrumentalist category.

    Recital debuts have included the Stern Auditorium of New York Carnegie Hall, Washington Kennedy Center, Boston Celebrity Series, London Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Paris Auditorium du Louvre, Brussels Palais de Beaux Arts, Zurich Tonhalle and Lucerne Piano Festival, Milano Sala Verdi, Tokyo Opera City, and many others. Daniil Trifonov has also been presented by the major festivals of Europe: Verbier, Lucerne, Montreux, Tivoli, Edinburgh, Lockenhaus, Grafenegg, La Roque d'Anthéron, Klavier Festival Ruhr; while in the USA he appeared at Blossom, Ravinia and Chautauqua festivals.

    In 2016/17, Trifonov will be Capell-Virtuos with the Staatskapelle Dresden, which will include concerts at the BBC Proms, Salzburg Easter Festival and Vienna Musikverein, and will perform the complete Rachmaninov Piano Concerto cycle with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Munich Philharmonic with Gergiev. Trifonov will also appear as soloist with orchestras including Berliner Philharmoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, Philadelphia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and will give his debut performances in Australia with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.

    Trifonov’s upcoming recitals include debuts at the Barbican Centre in London, Oslo Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre and City Recital Hall Sydney and returns to the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw’s Master Piano Series, Wigmore Hall and Munich Herkulesaal. In summer 2016, Trifonov will be resident at the Edinburgh International Festival where he will give one solo recital, one chamber recital and will appear as soloist with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Harding.

    Daniil Trifonov is also a noted chamber musician and will give festival performances with musicians such as Nicholas Angelich, Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Yuri Bashmet and Vilde Frang, a piano duo tour of the US with Sergei Babayan and concerts in London, Paris and Zurich with the Pavel Haas Quartet.

    Daniil Trifonov began his musical studies at the age of five. He studied at Moscow Gnesin School of Music in the class of Tatiana Zelikman (2000-2009). From 2006 to 2009 he also studied composition and has continued to write piano, chamber and orchestral music since then. When he premiered his own piano concerto in spring 2014, the Cleveland Plain Dealer commented, “Even having seen it, one cannot quite believe it. Such is the artistry of pianist-composer Daniil Trifonov.” Since 2009, he has studied piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the class of Sergei Babayan.

    In February 2013, Deutsche Grammophon announced the signing of an exclusive recording agreement with Daniil Trifonov. His first recording as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artists (Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital) won a Grammy Award nomination. His latest release is a recording of Rachmaninov Variations with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Nézet-Séguin. His discography also includes a disc of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra which was released on the Mariinsky label in 2012. His first CD was released on Decca in 2011, featuring a selection of Chopin solo works.

    2016/17 season / 802 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Concerto engagements

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Rattle
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Gergiev
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1

New York Philharmonic, cond. Gilbert
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3

The Cleveland Orchestra, cond. can Zweden
Mozart Piano Concerto No.23, K.488

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cond. Dutoit
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1

San Francisco Symphony, cond. Vanska
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini

London Symphony Orchestra, cond. Gergiev
Chopin Piano Concerto No.2

Philharmonia Orchestra, cond. Maazel
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2

London Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Jurowski
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, cond. Manze
Schumann Piano Concerto 

Israel Philharmonic, cond. Mehta
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, cond. Znaider
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Vasily Petrenko
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini

Key repertoire

Concerti by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Scriabin, Chopin, Liszt and Mozart

Recital engagements

Royal Festival Hall, London
Verbier Festival
Lucerne Festival
Edinburgh International Festival
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Barbican Centre London
Berliner Philharmoniker
Herkulessaal, Munich
Wiener Konzerthaus
Salle Pleyel, Paris
Carnegie Hall, New York

This 23-year old Russian completely took my breath away... [his playing] left me wishing I'd kept some superlatives in my critic's arsenal unused, so I could bring them out specially for this occasion. He has everything: sensitivity, intelligence, and a technique that has to be seen and heard to be believed.

Sunday Telegraph

There’s a paradoxical dimension to musical prodigies. On the one hand they deliver more than we can realistically demand. On the other we tend to demand more than they can realistically deliver, at least in terms of maturity. But occasionally we find one so far evolved beyond our expectations that all we can do is gasp. Such is the case with Daniil Trifonov.

Financial Times

Trifonov's performance was a marvel, a mixture of exuberance and fabulous subtlety, as remarkable for the delicate precision of his wispy pianissimos as for the irrepressible energy of its grandstanding rhetoric.


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