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Daniil Trifonov

LSO Artist Portrait (2018/19)

  • Daniil Trifonov, winner of Gramophone's 2016 Artist of the Year Award, has made a spectacular ascent as a solo artist, chamber musician and composer. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are recognised for their profound musical insight and expressive intensity. Martha Argerich has said of Trifonov that “He has everything and more … tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that". Trifonov recently added a first Grammy Award to his already considerable string of honours, winning Best Instrumental Solo Album of 2018 with Transcendental, a double album of Liszt’s works that marks his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist. As The Times notes, he is “without question the most astounding pianist of our age.”

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  • In September 2018, Trifonov launches the New York Philharmonic’s 2018-19 season, playing Ravel’s Concerto in G for the opening-night gala under incoming Music Director Jaap van Zweden before rejoining the orchestra the following night for Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5. Trifonov also performs the Ravel at the opening of his London Symphony Orchestra Artist Portrait series with Sir Simon Rattle; he performs the same concerto as part of his residency at Vienna’s Musikverein, which also includes the Austrian premiere of his own Piano Concerto. Further performances as part of the LSO Artist Portrait Series includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with Tilson Thomas and Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 with Noseda. In spring 2019, Trifonov embarks on a tour of Asia with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst.

    During a multi-faceted, season-long residency with the Berlin Philharmonic, Trifonov plays Scriabin’s concerto under Andris Nelsons. Other orchestral highlights include a return to Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium for Schumann Piano Concerto with the Met Orchestra and Gergiev, Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with Marin Alsop and the Chicago Symphony, and Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 with Nelsons and the Boston Symphony. Trifonov also releases his new Deutsche Grammophon recording Destination Rachmaninov: Departure, on which he performs the Russian composer’s Second and Fourth Concertos, again with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, his partners on 2015’s Rachmaninov: Variations.

    In recital this season, Trifonov plays Beethoven, Schumann and Prokofiev on Carnegie’s mainstage and in Berlin, where his Berlin Philharmonic residency features multiple solo and chamber concerts. These include performances of his own Piano Quintet, of which he also gives the Cincinnati premiere with the Ariel Quartet. In Berlin, as well as at New York’s 92nd Street Y, he plays duo recitals with his frequent partner, German baritone Matthias Goerne.

    Last season, Trifonov released Chopin Evocations, his fourth album for Deutsche Grammophon, which pairs works by Chopin with those of the 20th-century composers he influenced. Trifonov performed a similar programme throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, including at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, the Philharmonie de Paris and London’s Wigmore Hall. At Carnegie Hall, Trifonov curated his seven-concert, season-long Perspectives series, which included a performance of his own piano concerto with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, as well as a similar series at the Vienna Konzerthaus and in San Francisco, where he gave a season-closing performance with the San Francisco Symphony. He also undertook a solo tour of Asia, and European tours in collaboration with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica, the London Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and La Scala Orchestra. Additional orchestral appearances included Strauss’s Burleske with the Spanish National Orchestra and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Schumann with Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic; Prokofiev with the Mariinsky and Cleveland Orchestras; Scriabin’s Piano Concerto with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot; a performance of his own Piano Concerto with the Detroit Symphony; and further Rachmaninov performances with the Munich Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

    Trifonov’s first recording as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophone artist, Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital, was released in October 2013. The disc was recorded live at his sold-out 2013 Carnegie Hall recital debut, and received a Grammy nomination. Besides the similarly Grammy-nominated Rachmaninov Variations, recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, his discography also features a Chopin album for Decca and a recording of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra on the ensemble’s own label.

    During the 2010-11 season, Trifonov won medals at three of the music world’s most prestigious competitions, taking Third Prize in Warsaw’s Chopin Competition, First Prize in Tel Aviv’s Rubinstein Competition, and both First Prize and Grand Prix – an additional honour bestowed on the best overall competitor in any category – in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition. In 2013 he was also awarded the prestigious Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Instrumental Soloist by Italy’s foremost music critics.

    Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1991, Trifonov began his musical training at the age of five, and went on to attend Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music as a student of Tatiana Zelikman, before pursuing his piano studies with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also studied composition, and continues to write for piano, chamber ensemble, and orchestra. When he premiered his own Piano Concerto in 2013, the Cleveland Plain Dealer commented “Even having seen it, one cannot quite believe it. Such is the artistry of pianist-composer Daniil Trifonov.”

    2018/19 season. 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. Nelsons
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2

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

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, cond. Gatti
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3

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

The Cleveland Orchestra, cond. van 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 Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Jurowski
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1

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

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

Carnegie Hall, New York
Royal Festival Hall, London
Verbier Festival
Lucerne Festival
Barbican Centre
Edinburgh International Festival
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Philharmonie de Paris
Barbican Centre London
Berliner Philharmoniker
Herkulessaal, Munich
Wiener Konzerthaus
Wigmore Hall
Leipzig Gewandhaus
Zurich Tonhalle

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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