Daniil Trifonov tours Germany with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniil Trifonov joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra and their Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski for a tour of Germany this month, beginning with a concert at the Tonhalle Dusseldorf on 13 March 2018. The tour then visits the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg on 14 March and Alte Oper Frankfurt on 15 March, with the final German date of the tour coming on 16 March at the Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich. The tour culminates with a concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London, which will be recorded for deferred broadcast by BBC Radio 3.
During the tour, Trifonov performs Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1. Part of the orchestra's Stravinsky festival, Changing Faces: Stravinsky's Journey, the concerts also feature excerpts from Stravinsky The Fairy's Kiss as well as excerpts his arrangement of Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty.
Elsewhere this month, Trifonov joins Iván Fischer and the Israel Philharmonic for three concerts in Tel Aviv and Haifa from 24 March, performing Schumann Piano Concerto. He ends the month in Poland where he gives a solo recital in Katowice on 29 March.
Sergei Babayan & Daniil Trifonov begin duo recital tour of Germany & the United States
Sergei Babayan and Daniil Trifonov embark on a duo recital tour around Germany and the US this month, starting at Essen's Philharmonie on 21 February 2018. They then travel to Berlin the following day to perform at the Pierre Boulez Saal. The duo then continue on to the United States to perform recitals at Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall on 25 February, Davies Hall in San Francisco on 27 February, Carnegie Hall on 1 March and NEC’s Brown Hall in Boston on 3 March.
Their programme features music by Schumann, Stravinsky, Rachmaninov, Ravel and a special world premiere and LA Philharmonic co-commission of a new piece for two pianos by Mauro Lanza.
Following their duo recital at the Wigmore Hall in 2016, Babayan and Trifonov received outstanding critical acclaim:
"[Their concert] was a beguiling affair that combined formidable technique with musicianship of great elegance... Their playing blends rigour with great charm and an almost tangible sense of their own enjoyment... The precision, panache and exuberance with which Trifonov and Babayan played were simply breathtaking, the standing ovation that followed richly deserved."
Guardian, February 2016
Lahav Shani returns to the Wiener Symphoniker with Daniil Trifonov
Lahav Shani returns to the Wiener Symphoniker on 14 February to lead the orchestra in a series of concerts in Vienna and then on tour of Austria and Germany. Shani, the orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor, directs two sets of concerts in Vienna: at the Konzerthaus on 14 and 15 February and then at the Musikverein on 18 and 19 February. At the Konzerthaus, Shani conducts excerpts from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and Beethoven's Corolian Overture and Piano Concerto No.3 with soloist Jasminka Stancul. Shani is then joined by fellow Intermusica artist Daniil Trifonov at the Musikverein for Schumann Piano Concerto and Prokofiev Symphony No.5.
Shani and the orchestra then embark on tour, starting with two concerts at the Großes Festspielhaus in Salzburg on 21 and 22 February. Shani conducts the orchestra and flautist Erwin Klambauer in a programme of Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra No.1 and Overture to Il nozze di Figaro, as well as Prokofiev Symphony No.5. The tour then continues with a performance with Julia Fischer at the Gasteig in Munich on 23 February and in Bregenz on 24 February.
Daniil Trifonov & Giancarlo Guerrero: winners at the 2018 Grammy Awards
Daniil Trifonov and Giancarlo Guerrero are winners at the 2018 Grammy Awards, announced on Sunday 28 January 2018.
Daniil Trifonov has been awarded the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his album Transcendental. The all-Liszt recording includes Transcendental Études and Grandes Etudes de Paganini, and was released by Deutsche Grammophon in October 2016. Trifonov was previously nominated in the same category in 2014 and 2015.
Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony have jointly received a number of Grammy Awards in the past, and this year feature on a recording that won two awards: Best Classical Compendium and Best Contemporary Classical Composition for their recording of works by Jennifer Higdon.
Watch a film of Trifonov performing Transcendental Étude No.7 at Carnegie Hall:
Intermusica at the Barbican Centre's 2018/19 classical season
The Barbican Centre revealed its classical music season for 2018/19 on 23 January 2018, and as ever there are many Intermusica artists performing over the season. Highlights include Daniil Trifonov's London Symphony Orchestra Artist Portrait, the visit of Sir Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia to perform Mahler Symphony No.6 and Sir John Eliot Gardiner's return to the LSO. See below for full details.
Daniil Trifonov is the subject of the LSO's Artist Portrait next season. The Portrait begins in February 2019 when he performs Ravel Piano Concerto with the orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, and continues in June with a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 and a solo recital of works by Beethoven and Prokofiev. It culminates on 16 June with a performance of Shostakovich Concerto No.1 for piano, trumpet and strings.
On 29 September 2018, Ben Gernon conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Holst The Planets, presented by scientist and broadcaster Professor Brian Cox.
Sir James MacMillan's All the Hills and Vales Along receives its world premiere from the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Halsey's London Symphony Chorus on 4 November and forms part of the Barbican Centre's series of events commemorating the First World War. Earlier that day, the piece is the focus of an LSO Discovery Day, during which members of the public can attend a morning LSO rehearsal of the MacMillan premiere followed by chamber music and a discussion about creative responses to World War I.
Martyn Brabbins is also involved in the First World War anniversary, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of Cheryl Frances-Hood's Last Man Standing, part of a programme that also includes Bax November Woods and Vaughan Williams Symphony No.4.
Marin Alsop returns to the Barbican on 4 December to continue the Bernstein at 100 celebrations with a concert performance of the composer's Candide. Leonardo Capalbo stars in the title role.
Leonidas Kavakos makes two appearances at the Barbican during the 2018/19 season. In September he joins Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax in bringing their critically acclaimed Brahms Piano Trios to the Barbican Hall. In December, he renews his relationship with Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO when he performs Brahms Violin Concerto.
James Ehnes returns to the Barbican on 18 January 2019, performing Beethoven Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Mary Bevan joins John Butt and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Bach's B minor Mass on 2 February, singing with her sister Sophie Bevan, tenor Samuel Boden and bass-baritone Edward Grint.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner continues his fruitful collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra in February, conducting two concerts of works by Weber, Mendelssohn and Schumann. Gardiner is joined by soloists Isabelle Faust, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Piotr Anderszewski.
Lahav Shani joins the LSO in February, alongside pianist Simon Trpčeski, for a concert of Weill, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky.
Nora Fischer joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Joana Carneiro in concert on 11 May, performing as soprano soloist in a programme of Augusta Read Thomas Radiant Circles, the UK premiere of Golijov Oceana and John Adams Naive and Sentimental Music.
Intermusica brings the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia to the Barbican on 25 May for a concert with their Music Director, Sir Antonio Pappano.
Kian Soltani performs at LSO St Luke's in June, as part of the ECHO Rising Stars tour, for which he was nominated by the Wiener Konzerthaus and Wiener Musikverein.
Daniil Trifonov returns to the Berliner Philharmoniker with Mariss Jansons
Daniil Trifonov returns to Berlin this month for three performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Berliner Philharmonie on 25, 26 and 27 January 2018. Trifonov performs Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor under the baton of Mariss Jansons.
Trifonov also performs the concerto in Portugal this month, joining the Gulbenkian Orchestra and conductor Hannu Lintu for two performances at Lisbon's Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian on 19 and 20 January.
Elsewhere this month, Trifonov visits the Philharmonie de Paris to give his debut recital at the venue. Trifonov performs a programme of Chopin's Piano Sonata No.2, as well as works inspired by the composer by Mompou, R Schumann, Grieg, Barber, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.
Daniil Trifonov makes recital debut at the Philharmonie de Paris
Daniil Trifonov returns to the Paris Philharmonie on 15 January 2018 for his recital debut at the hall. Trifonov's programme focusses on works by Chopin as well as those inspired by the composer. Much of the music on the programme, including works by Schumann, Grieg, Barber, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, features on Chopin Evocations, Trifonov's latest album for Deutsche Grammophon.
Chopin Evocations was released in October 2017 to critical acclaim, with the Financial Times praising Trifonov's "scintillating virtuosity".
Elsewhere this month, Trifonov joins the Berliner Philharmoniker and conductor Mariss Jansons for three performances of Schumann Piano Concerto at the Berliner Philharmonie on 25, 26 and 27 January.
Verbier Festival announces 2018 programme
Verbier Festival has announced its programme for 2018, with a typically star-studded line-up featuring a host of Intermusica artists. Highlights include a gala concert celebrating 25 years of Verbier, a solo recital from Daniil Trifonov and a Mischa Maisky ‘Carte Blanche’ concert.
George Li joins Valery Gergiev and the Verbier Festival Orchestra for the opening concert of the festival on 19 July at 19:00 at the Salle des Combins.
Sergei Babayan performs with Yuri Bashmet on 20 July at 11:00 at the Église with a programme of J.S. Bach Schnittke and Shostakovich.
On 21 July, Leonidas Kavakos performs his first concert of the festival with Diemut Poppen and Gautier Capuçon at 20:00 at the Église.
Kristóf Baráti and Sergei Babayan join friends for a recital on 22 July at 20:00 at the Église.
On 23 July, Mischa Maisky performs a ‘Carte Blanche’ concert with various musical friends, including son Sascha Maisky and daughter Lily Maisky at 20:00 at the Église.
Kavakos joins the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Christopher Eschenbach and Ying Fang for a programme of Mahler and Berg on 23 July at 19:00 at the Salle des Combins.
Baráti performs with Lucas Debargue at 11:00 at the Église, with music by Debussy, Franck and Brahms.
On 25 July, a gala concert celebrates Verbier Festival’s silver jubilee at the Salle des Combins at 18:00. Performers include Babayan, Kavakos, Renaud Capuçon, Maisky and Daniil Trifonov, among many other stars of the classical world.
Baráti performs another recital at the Église on 27 July at 17:00, with Daniel Lozakovich, Eduard Wulfson and Zarina Shimanskaya.
Capuçon and Kavakos join forces with Yuja Wang and others on 27 July at the Église at 20:00 for a programme of Mozart and Tchaikovsky.
Kian Soltani and Trifonov perform at the Église at 11:00 on 29 July for music by Robert and Clara Schumann, and a piece by Trifonov himself.
Richard Goode returns to the festival at 15:00 on 29 July to perform Mozart with the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra and conductor Alain Altinoglu.
Capuçon joins various fellow musicians for an all-Brahms programme on 29 July at 20:00 at the Église.
Soltani joins a quartet on 20 July at 17:00 at the Église for a concert of Lucas Debargue (also one of the performers) and Brahms.
Babayan performs a solo recital on 31 July at 11:00 at the Église.
Kavakos joins another A-list line up for a programme of Prokofiev, Schoenberg, Fauré and Chausson on 31 July at 20:00 at the Église.
Trifonov performs a solo recital at 19:00 at the Salle des Combins the same day, 31 July, with a programme exploring Chopin.
Soltani joins Aaron Pilsan on 1 August at 11:00 at the Église for a duo recital.
Maisky performs with Iván Fischer and the Verbier Festival Orchestra on 2 August at 19:00 at the Salle des Combins, performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.
Visit the Verbier Festival website for the full list of concerts for 2018.
Daniil Trifonov & Giancarlo Guerrero nominated at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Daniil Trifonov and Giancarlo Guerrero have been named among the nominees for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Trifonov is nominated in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category for his recent Liszt album, Transcendental, while Guerrero is nominated in the Best Classical Compendium category for his recording of works by Jennifer Higdon made with the Nashville Symphony. The recording is also nominated in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category, as is his recording of Richard Danielpour's Songs of Solitude, which is also nominated in the Best Engineered Album, Classical category.
Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony have received many GRAMMY awards during their partnership, most recently receiving three awards in February 2017 for their recording of Michael Daugherty Tales Of Hemingway. The recording was awarded Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Best Classical Compendium and Best Contemporary Classical Composition. They have further wins for Best Classical Compendium in 2016, Best Classical Instrumental Solo in 2012 and Best Orchestral Performance and Best Classical Album in 2011.
Trifonov was also nominated for the Best Classical Instrumental Solo award in 2015 for his recording of the Rachmaninov Variations with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, including Trifonov’s own composition Rachmaniana.
The winners of the awards are announced in New York on 28 January.
Daniil Trifonov plays a solo recital at London’s Wigmore Hall
Daniil Trifonov’s European recital tour culminates on 7 December with a concert at London’s Wigmore Hall.
On the programme is music by Chopin alongside pieces by Mompou, R. Schumann, Grieg, Barber, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, all composers influenced by Chopin. Trifonov recorded much of the repertoire for his recent album release, Chopin Evocations on Deutsche Grammophon, which was released in October this year.
Daniil Trifonov begins recital tour of Europe in Munich
Daniil Trifonov performs in recital at Munich's Herkulessaal on 18 November 2017, the first concert in a major European tour that culminates at London's Wigmore Hall on 7 December. Following the recital in Munich, Trifonov visits the Tonhalle Duesseldorf (20 November), Laeiszhall Hamburg (22 November), Vienna Konzerthaus (26 November), Alte Oper Frankfurt (28 November), Grande Theatre de Provence (1 December), Amsterdam Concertgebouw (3 December), National Concert Hall Dublin (5 December) and London’s Wigmore Hall on 7 December.
Trifonov's programme for the tour focusses on Chopin and the composers he influenced, including Schumann, Grieg, Barber, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. He performed many of the works for his latest album for Deutsche Grammophon, Chopin Evocations, which was released in October this year.
Daniil Trifonov gives New York premiere of his own Piano Concerto at Carnegie Hall with the Mariinsky Orchestra & Gergiev
Daniil Trifonov continues his Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall with the New York premiere of his own Piano Concerto on 15 November 2017. Trifonov is accompanied for the performance by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, with whom Trifonov made his Carnegie Hall debut with a performance of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1. Trifonov and the orchestra also perform his concerto in Davis, California, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on 12 November. He also performs the concerto with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and fellow Intermusica artist Giancarlo Guerrero on 9, 10 and 11 November.
Trifonov's Perspectives series is partly a celebration of Chopin, and he opened the series in October with a solo recital paying hommage to the composer. Following his concert with the Mariinsky Orchestra, Trifonov's next concert in the series comes in February when he accompanies baritone Matthias Goerne for a programme of songs by Schumann, Wolf, Berg, Shostakovich and Brahms. The series also includes a duo recital of Rachmaninov with his mentor Sergei Babayan, performances with the Kremerata Baltica and Gautier Capuçon and culminates in a solo recital that focuses on a seminal work from each decade of the 20th century.
Andrew Manze & Daniil Trifonov win at the Schallplattenkritik Awards 2017
Andrew Manze has won at the Schallplattenkritik Awards 2017 for his Pentatone recording of Mendelssohn’s Symphonies Nos 2 and 3 with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, while Daniil Trifonov is also a winner for his DG recording of Liszt Transcendental Études.
Reviewing Manze’s recording, the awards said:
"[Manze's] secure feeling for the style, his music-making poised between spontaneous freshness and intellectual sophistication, and the all-embracing technical competence that underpins his interpretation all mark this recording out as exceptional."
On Trifonov’s Liszt, they said:
“[Trifonov] brings Liszt's creation to life without it becoming mere musical painting. Much more, this pianistic bloodhound succeeds in finding new qualities of sound and colour in every bar of these groundbreakingly sophisticated Études.”
The Schallplattenkritik Awards were established in 1963 to set the "most rigorous standards for supreme achievement and quality" in recorded music and are among the most prestigious accolades in the European music industry.
Daniil Trifonov begins seven-concert residency at Carnegie Hall
Daniil Trifonov returns to New York on 28 October 2017 for a solo recital at Carnegie Hall. The performance marks the start of Trifonov's seven-concert 'Perspectives' residency, during which he explores all facets of his performing career. Much of the series is celebrating the works of Chopin, and this opening recital includes the composer’s second piano sonata along with a number of works inspired by the Polish composer. Trifonov performs the same programme in Luxembourg on 21 October, Ann Arbor, Michigan, on 25 October and San Francisco on 30 October.
Many of the works on Trifonov's recital programme are also at the heart of his latest recording for Deutsche Grammophon, Chopin Evocations, which was released on 6 October.
Daniil Trifonov's Chopin Evocations released on Deutsche Grammophon
Daniil Trifonov's latest recording for Deutsche Grammophon, Chopin Evocations, is released on 6 October 2017. This double album features Chopin’s works for piano, including both concerti recorded with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev, as well as celebrating his influence upon other composers including Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Barber and Mompou.
The recording has immediately received huge critical acclaim and has entered the US iTunes Classical Album Charts at No.1. Speaking about the Polish composer, Trifonov says: “Chopin speaks to everyone in a very personal way because he evokes emotions in us.”
Trifonov brings a focus on Chopin to his 2017/18 performances throughout Europe, North America and Asia, including his seven-concert Perspective series at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Nine Intermusica artists nominated at the 40th Gramophone Awards
Nine Intermusica artists have been nominated for Gramophone Awards this year across a range of categories. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 13 September, which will be live streamed on Medici.tv. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Gramophone Awards.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner is nominated in the Baroque Vocal category for his recording of Bach St Matthew Passion with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists. Gramophone described the recording as "a memorable and moving St Matthew... What really makes this one special, however, is its emotional integrity."
James Ehnes is nominated alongside his colleagues in the Ehnes Quartet in the Chamber category for their recording of Schubert String Quartet No.14 'Death and the Maiden' and Sibelius Intimate Voices. Gramophone commented that "[the] pairing of these two quartets is a stroke of programming genius... I never would have thought of putting these two works together, but in this group’s hands it has resulted in something wonderful."
Paul McCreesh's new recording of Haydn's The Seasons made with the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra and Gabrieli Consort and Players is nominated in the Choral category. McCreesh previously received a Gramophone award for his 2006 recording of Haydn's The Creation. In their review, Gramophone wrote that "McCreesh and his massed Anglo-Polish forces have given us a Seasons that thrillingly catches both the work’s bucolic exhilaration and its invocations of the sublime. And for sheer sonic splendour it’s in a class of its own."
Sir James MacMillan's Stabat Mater, recorded by Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, is nominated in the Contemporary category. Gramophone's review concluded that "Posterity might well judge this to be a 21st-century masterpiece; there is no question that this is a truly masterly recorded performance."
Also nominated in the Contemporary category is Renaud Capuçon, whose disc of three 21st century violin concertos has also been shortlisted. The three concertos, all written for Capuçon, were recorded with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Gramophone praised Capuçon’s "probing playing [and] his welcome advocacy".
Daniil Trifonov is nominated in the Instrumental category for Transcendental, his recording of Liszt's works for solo piano. Gramophone praised the recording as a "triumph", commenting that "every decent record collection should have at least one version of all four sets of these studies. It is quite a feat for a single pianist to deliver what are, in effect, top-of-the-pile performances of almost all of the 23 separate titles – but that is what Trifonov offers."
Leo Hussain is nominated in the Opera category for Opus Arté's DVD of the revival of Fiona Shaw's Glyndebourne production of Britten The Rape of Lucretia. Gramophone singled him out for his "lyrical yet incisive" approach, writing that "conductor Leo Hussain gets finely detailed playing from his LPO instrumentalists, with every flicker of colour speaking volumes."
Roger Vignoles is nominated in the Solo Vocal category alongisde baritone Florian Boesch for their recording of Krenek's cycle Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen. Vignoles was praised by Gramophone for his playing of "great control, refinement and subtlety", while the recording itself was proclaimed "an outstanding achievement."
Mary Bevan joined tenor Allan Clayton for his album Where'er You Walk, a collection of arias Handel composed for tenor John Beard, which is nominated in the Recital category. Bevan sings on 'As steals the morn', which Gramophone described as an "added bonus... it's a very attractive package."
Daniil Trifonov returns to the Lucerne Festival with Gergiev & the Mariinsky Orchestra
Daniil Trifonov returns to the Lucerne Festival this month for a concert with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra on 2 September 2017. Gergiev leads the orchestra, Trifonov and fellow pianists Behzod Abduraimov and Sergei Redkin in performances of all five Prokofiev piano concertos, with Trifonov playing Piano Concerto No.2.
The programme is a repeat of Gergiev's BBC Prom in 2015 with the London Symphony Orchestra, when Trifonov performed the first and third concertos to critical acclaim:
"At his most delicate — and few pianists can rival him for lightness of touch — he can be even more devastating. That’s why the First Concerto often crackled with potential energy, and why the ethereal tiptoeing in the Tema con variazioni of the Third Concerto was even more effective than the fireworks of the finale.”
5 stars, Financial Times, July 2015
“His playing was utterly remarkable… Trifonov’s poise and delicacy meant that the First sparkled and glittered, but never harshly or coldly. The central variation in the Third’s middle movement was beautifully shaped; poetry cascaded from Trifonov’s fingers, pearly rivulets of sound.”
Bachtrack, July 2015
Daniil Trifonov returns to the Salzburg Festival with Andris Nelsons & the Vienna Philharmonic
Daniil Trifonov returns to the Salzburg Festival this month for three performances from 6 August 2017.
For the first two concerts, on 6 and 7 August at the Grosses Festspielhaus, Trifonov joins Andris Nelsons and the Vienna Philharmonic to perform Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2.
The following week Trifonov joins baritone Matthias Goerne for a recital at the Haus für Mozart on 11 August. Trifonov and Goerne together perform a programme of works by Berg, Schumann, Wolf, Shostakovich and Brahms.
Daniil Trifonov returns to the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Daniil Trifonov returns to the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra this month, joining the orchestra and Chief Conductor Hannu Lintu at the Helsinki Music Centre for two performances of Ravel Piano Concerto on 5 and 6 May 2017.
Trifonov also performs the Ravel concerto later in the month when he joins the Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann for concerts both in Dresden and on tour. The tour opens at Madrid's Auditorio Nacional de Música on 16 May and also visits the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Wiener Musikverein on 20 and 22 May.
“An absolute corker”: Daniil Trifonov receives rave reviews for debut Australia concerts
Daniil Trifonov’s recent debut Australian concerts have received a fantastic reception from the press there. Between 1 and 20 March, he performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as solo recitals in Sydney and Melbourne.
Recital repertoire featured music by Schumann, Shostakovich and Stravinsky, while he performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Sydney Symphony and Melbourne Symphony orchestras (with Gustavo Gimeno and Sir Andrew Davis conducting respectively), and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Blendulf.
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1 with Sydney Symphony Orchestra
“You soon realised that his timbre was remarkable. It’s an astonishing mix of penetrating clarity and subtly coloured warmth. At times, he barely seemed to caress the piano’s keys yet his sound always rang forth clear and true.”
“Daniil Trifonov reaches places other pianists can only dream about”
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Melbourne Recital Centre
“Trifonov gave only one recital here but it was a corker… Here was extraordinarily fine pianism, brimful with sensitivity and interpretative craft.”
Sydney Morning Herald
"A sublime technical assurance was complemented by a musical engagement that had the listener wholly bound to every note, each prepared and delivered as though Trifonov’s life depended on it. It is rare to witness the musical commitment that unfolded on the Elisabeth Murdoch stage tonight."
The Australian also interviewed Trifonov ahead of his Australian performances – read the piece here.
Daniil Trifonov makes major debuts in first tour of Australia
Daniil Trifonov travels to Australia for the first time this month for an extensive tour of the country, beginning with a performance with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on 1 March 2017. Trifonov joins the orchestra at the Sydney Opera House to perform Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1 under the baton of Gustavo Gimeno, with further performances following on 3 and 4 March. Whilst in Sydney, Trifonov also gives a recital at City Recital Hall on 6 March with a programme including works by Schumann and Shostakovich.
The second week of the tour kicks off with two performances of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra at Perth Concert Hall on 10 and 11 March. Trifonov then continues on to Melbourne, where he makes his recital debut at the Melbourne Recital Centre on 14 March. He concludes the tour with three performances of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Davis at Hamer Hall on 17, 18 and 20 March.
Daniil Trifonov debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniil Trifonov makes his debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic this month, giving three performances of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4 with the orchestra’s Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko on 1, 2 and 3 February 2017. The first concert takes place at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, with Trifonov and the orchestra then giving two performances at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall.
Trifonov's performances with the RLPO come in the middle of a major recital tour, which features concerts at the Barbican Centre, the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo, Konzerthaus Dortmund and Semperoper Dresden.
Daniil Trifonov: profiled by the New Yorker
Daniil Trifonov has been profiled in the New Yorker by the award-winning music writer Alex Ross, in the wake of his acclaimed recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Études, Concert Études and Paganini Études.
In a rare piece focussed on one single artist, Ross sets Trifonov apart from his colleagues as the holder of “attributes that are seldom found in one pianist: monstrous technique and lustrous tone”. Seeing Trifonov swing between the two is an “elemental thrill”, a sentiment echoed by Martha Argerich: “what he does with his hands is technically incredible. It’s also his touch—he has tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that.”
He looks with anticipation at Trifonov’s future career and how he will develop as an artist, writing: “once he settles into his maturity, he may have no equal. For now, furor follows him, because he has yet to commit the sin of routine.”
Ross sings the praises of the recent Liszt recording, some of the most challenging piano music ever written, which Trifonov plays “with stupefying effortlessness, in the process transforming this ostensibly bravura music into something elegant and rarefied, almost French”.
Trifonov’s live performances this year have also made their mark on Ross. At a recent performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, Ross writes vividly about a cadenza passage:
“The sound was immense...There was a palpable sense of struggle—not technical but emotional, a battle of the heart. The passage assumed a tragic heft that changed the meaning of the concerto around it...that minute of music hit me as strongly as anything I’ve heard this season.”
This is the latest in a flurry of acclaim for Trifonov and his new recording.
On 21 January, Trifonov performs a solo recital at the Barbican Centre in London, playing a programme of Schumann, Shostakovich and Stravinsky.
Daniil Trifonov performs in recital at the Barbican Centre as part of European tour
Daniil Trifonov returns to London this month for a recital at the Barbican Centre on 21 January 2017. The recital is part of a European recital tour, which also visits Barcelona's L'Auditori on 16 January and Norwegian National Opera in Oslo on 29 January. The tour continues in February with recitals in Cologne, Dortmund and Dresden.
The programme for the tour features Stravinsky Three Pieces from Petrushka and Schumann Kreisleriana and Kinderszenen alongside Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues.
Following the tour Trifonov joins Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra for concerts in Germany, where he plays Rachmaninov Piano Concertos.
Andrew Manze & Daniil Trifonov return to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniil Trifonov and Andrew Manze return to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra this month for two performances at the Stockholm Concert Hall on 11 and 12 January 2016.
Manze a programme of Bacewicz Overture, his own orchestration of Lawes Fantasy in G minor and Vaughan Williams Symphony No.6, while Trifonov joins the orchestra to perform Schumann Piano Concerto.
The concert on 11 January will be recorded for deferred broadcast by the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation.
Daniil Trifonov: Transcendental is Sunday Times Classical Album of the Year
Daniil Trifonov’s recent recording of Liszt’s complete concert etudes, Transcendental, has been named as the Sunday Times’ Classical Album of the Year. It is the latest in a string of accolades for the recording, which has also been selected as a highlight of the year by Presto Classical, the Observer and the Mail on Sunday. Trifonov himself was also voted Gramophone's Artist of the Year in September.
Transcendental was released in October this year and was met with universal critical acclaim:
“A staggering display of unbounded virtuosity and vision.”
“Staggering humility and imagination.”
“"As this collection of Liszt’s studies shows, Trifonov is already an exceptionally thoughtful interpreter, with musicianship that more than matches his technical gifts. It would be easy for such a young pianist to use these pieces to showcase his own technique. But while there is never any doubting the brilliance of Trifonov’s playing, that is only the starting point; the delicacy and transparency of his performances are often more striking than their moments of rampaging virtuosity...”
“Mr. Trifonov’s set possesses a wonderful lightness of being. Lyrical works like “Il lamento,” one of Liszt’s most beautiful “Concert Études,” are characterized by understated simplicity and tender feeling… his “Transcendental Études” are a wonder of seeming spontaneity and breathtaking ease.”
Wall Street Journal
“A triumph… This is unquestionably one of the great recorded performances of the Transcendental Studies.”
“…dazzling… Trifonov responds to the music's extreme technical demands with, seemingly, huge resources still in reserve. Sonically, he's able to astonish: the ultra-tricky "La Campanella" is delivered with a mesmerising blend of gorgeousness and needlepoint precision. His way with the "Transcendental Studies" is strikingly introspective and memorable.”
BBC Music Magazine
“Flamboyant, unbridled, Daniil Trifonov's new disc of Liszt has its fingers on the right pulse . . . . "Feux follets" flashes with brilliance. "Wilde Jagd" pushes at the limits of Liszt's furioso marking. Three more sets of studies here, including the "Grandes Études de Paganini", are multifarious, prodigious, dazzling.”
“. . . ["Transcendental"] is mightily impressive. In ‘La Campanella’ he unleashes a demonic right hand. In the so-called ‘Octave’ Etude he shows real wit. I especially like two of the Concert Etudes where, in ‘La Leggierezza’, he fully unleashes his formidable technique, while producing plenty of poetry in ‘Un Sospiro’.”
Mail on Sunday
Daniil Trifonov releases recording of Liszt études on Deutsche Grammophon
Daniil Trifonov releases his next recording for Deutsche Grammophon on 7 October 2016. The disc, entitled Transcendental, features Liszt Transcendental Études, Two Concert Etudes S.145, Three Concert Etudes S.144 and Grandes Études de Paganini. Commenting on the impending international release of his next solo disc, Trifonov has said that “Liszt changed music for ever: how it was heard, how it was performed, what music could express – what it meant to be an artist. He was the grandfather of us all! He was a phenomenon.” Click here to watch a trailer for the disc.
The recording has already received stunning reviews from the international critics:
"As this collection of Liszt’s studies shows, Trifonov is already an exceptionally thoughtful interpreter, with musicianship that more than matches his technical gifts. It would be easy for such a young pianist to use these pieces to showcase his own technique. But while there is never any doubting the brilliance of Trifonov’s playing, that is only the starting point; the delicacy and transparency of his performances are often more striking than their moments of rampaging virtuosity...
There’s no empty rhetoric, even in those pieces, such as the fourth study, Mazeppa, and the climactic eighth, Wilde Jagd, in which virtuosity is highlighted, while another of the great challenges, No 5, Feux Follets, becomes an entrancing exploration of keyboard texture, in which the astonishing delicacy and evenness of Trifonov’s playing almost gets taken for granted...
This is an exceptional collection of performances."
Guardian, five stars, September 2016
“Trifonov’s set possesses a wonderful lightness of being. Lyrical works like “Il lamento,” one of Liszt’s most beautiful “Concert Études,” are characterized by understated simplicity and tender feeling… His “Transcendental Études” are a wonder of seeming spontaneity and breathtaking ease.”
Wall Street Journal, October 2016
“Trifonov responds to the music's extreme technical demands with, seemingly, huge resources still in reserve. Sonically, he's able to astonish: the ultra-tricky "La Campanella" is delivered with a mesmerising blend of gorgeousness and needlepoint precision. His way with the "Transcendental Studies" is strikingly introspective and memorable.
BBC Music Magazine, October 2016
Daniil Trifonov announced as Gramophone Artist of the Year
Daniil Trifonov has been named Gramophone’s Artist of the Year for 2016. The award was decided by a public vote and was announced at the Gramophone Awards at St John’s Smith Square on 15 September 2016. Writing about Trifonov’s nomination, Gramophone wrote:
“A true star in the making, Trifonov gave us a disc of Rachmaninov variations, combining solo and concertante pieces, including a piece by himself, demonstrating yet another facet in this superb musician’s art.”
Highlights over the past year in the UK for Trifonov have included performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, residencies at the Edinburgh International Festival and Wigmore Hall, and the complete Rachmaninov piano concerti with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.
Outside the UK, Trifonov’s highlights include the complete Rachmaninov piano concerti with the New York Philharmonic, the premiere of his own Piano Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck and a performance at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Franz Welser-Möst. He also appeared in recital at the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus and at the 2016 Verbier Festival, where he also performed his own Piano Concerto. In 2016/17, Trifonov will be Capell-Virtuos with the Staatskapelle Dresden, which includes concerts at the BBC Proms, Salzburg Easter Festival and Vienna Musikverein, and will perform again the complete Rachmaninov Piano Concerto cycle with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Munich Philharmonic with Gergiev.
Click here to watch the awards ceremony on Medici.tv for the next 90 days.
George Li & Daniil Trifonov: Prokofiev Piano Concertos with Rotterdam Philharmonic at the Gergiev Festival
George Li and Daniil Trifonov perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto Nos 1 and 3 with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Valery Gergiev at the Gergiev Festival across two concerts on 10 September 2016. The concerts see Prokofiev's five Piano Concertos performed in one day by a number of soloists.
Both Trifonov and Li are regular soloists with Gergiev; in February 2016, both joined him with the Mariinsky Orchestra in their 'Prokofiev Marathon' in New York. Li performed Piano Concerto No.1, the New York Times writing: “a bracing, fearless account…Mr. Li’s playing combined youthful abandon with utter command." Trifonov's performance of Concerto No.3 in New York was praised for its “delicacy and sparkling clarity”.
Leonidas Kavakos, Daniil Trifonov, James Ehnes & George Li at Septembre Musical Montreux
Leonidas Kavakos, Daniil Trifonov, James Ehnes & George Li all perform at Montreux’s Septembre Musical in September.
Both Kavakos and Trifonov join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Charles Dutoit. Kavakos plays the Brahms Violin Concerto on 27 August, and Trifonov is soloist for Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 the following evening, 28 August.
James Ehnes and George Li perform solo recitals. Ehnes performs Bach’s solo Sonatas and Partitas over two concerts on 29 August – his third and fourth performances of solo Bach in two days, after performing the programme at the Stresa Festival the day before.
On 1 September, George Li performs a programme of Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt. The recital follows soon after his “sensational” (Herald) Edinburgh International Festival debut.
Septembre Musical takes place annually in Montreux and Vevey in Switzerland, featuring international orchestras and chamber music. It works in collaboration with the Verbier Festival Academy to highlight the next generation of artists.
“Astounding”: Daniil Trifonov receives outstanding reviews at Edinburgh International Festival
Daniil Trifonov’s performances at the Edinburgh International Festival 2016 have been met with exceptional reviews.
A favourite at the festival, he performed a solo recital at Usher Hall on 17 August, followed by a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding on 19 August. He rounded of his residency on 22 August with a concert of chamber music with his teacher and mentor Sergei Babayan along with Gidon Kremer and Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė. They performed an all-Rachmaninov programme which you can listen to on BBC Radio 3.
"It is hard to think of a more complete artist than Trifonov"
Times, five stars
"Trifonov’s virtuosity is different. It’s elegant and purposeful, every trick deployed to summon new colours...
Musically, he ventured into some pretty uncomfortable places. The Brahms/Bach was tough and craggy; the Liszt was a marvel of silky, oleaginous textures; the Rachmaninov was dark, steely and tenacious, with stark simplicity at the end of the first movement and utter tenderness in the second. That pursuit of subtlety and directness is becoming Trifonov’s real brilliance."
Guardian, five stars
“As a showcase for his technique and range, it was simply dazzling. An annual visitor to the Edinburgh International Festival since 2012, Trifonov was rewarded by a rapt and appreciative audience … one hopefully awaits the return of this brilliant young master next year.”
“The mature precision and personally distinctive interpretation he brings to everything he plays are extraordinary qualities in any artist, never mind one so young. As if the piano was a natural extension of his own physicality, Trifonov astounded in bringing out the transcription’s many complexities.”
“Hearing Trifonov and his teacher/mentor Sergei Babayan together is surely an occasion that will find its place in the annals of EIF history. The stunning sight of two full-size Steinways fitting perfectly side by side was paralleled by astounding playing from Trifonov and Babayan.”
“[Trifonov and Babayan’s] performance brought the house down.”
Herald, five stars
Daniil Trifonov returns to the BBC Proms with Christian Thielemann & the Staatskapelle Dresden
Daniil Trifonov returns to the Proms on 7 September 2016 to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 with the Staatskapelle Dresden under the baton of Christian Thielemann. The performance at the Royal Albert Hall follows two concerts in Dresden marking the beginning of Trifonov’s season as Capell-Virtuos with the Staatskapelle Dresden.
Later in the same week, Trifonov will return to the Rotterdam Philharmonic's Gergiev Festival, where he performs Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 at De Doelen on 10 September. Trifonov performed the concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev at the 2015 BBC Proms, receiving great critical and public acclaim:
“As for the pianists, they were outstanding, particularly Trifonov, whose gift for bewitching his audience is, by now, well documented. His is a musical temperament of tightly coiled intensity, well suited to the ferocious passion of the First and Third concertos. But at his most delicate — and few pianists can rival him for lightness of touch — he can be even more devastating. That’s why the First Concerto often crackled with potential energy, and why the ethereal tiptoeing in the Tema con variazioni of the Third Concerto was even more effective than the fireworks of the finale.”
“His playing was utterly remarkable… The central variation in the Third’s middle movement was beautifully shaped; poetry cascaded from Trifonov’s fingers, pearly rivulets of sound.”
Daniil Trifonov & Sergei Babayan perform at the Edinburgh International Festival
Following a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Harding on 19 August 2016, Daniil Trifonov features again in the Edinburgh International Festival on Monday 22 August.
He will give a recital at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, performing Rachmaninov Piano Suites Nos 1 and 2 with long-standing musical collaborator Sergei Babayan (piano), before being joined by Gidon Kremer (violin) and Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė (cello) to perform Rachmaninov Trio élégiaque No.2.
The recital will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Daniil Trifonov opens his residency at Edinburgh International Festival at Usher Hall
Daniil Trifonov begins his residency at the Edinburgh International Festival with a solo recital at Usher Hall on 17 August 2016.
Trifonov performs a programme of works by Bach, Liszt and Rachmaninov, before joining the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding on 19 August for a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1.
Trifonov rounds off his residency with a chamber concert at the Queen's Hall on 22 August, when he is joined by Sergei Babayan, Gidon Kremer and Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė for an all-Rachmaninov programme which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Daniil Trifonov performs his Piano Concerto with the Verbier Festival Orchestra & Gábor Takács-Nagy
Daniil Trifonov gives his third and final performance at the Verbier Festival on 31 July 2016, joining the Verbier Festival Orchestra and conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy at 7pm at the Salle des Combins to perform his own Piano Concerto.
The concert will be streamed live on Medici.tv, and follows a solo recital and a chamber performance with Leonidas Kavakos and Gautier Capucon.
Leonidas Kavakos & Daniil Trifonov perform Smetana & Jesús López Cobos conducts Falstaff at Verbier
On 29 July 2016, Leonidas Kavakos joins forces with Daniil Trifonov at the Église de Verbier and Jesús López Cobos conducts Bryn Terfel in Verdi Falstaff.
Kavakos and Trifonov join cellist Gautier Capucon at 11am to perform Smetana Piano Trio, Op.15. Trifonov and Capucon also perform R. Schumann Fantasiestücke and Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor.
Jesús López Cobos joins the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm for a concert performance of Verdi Falstaff, with Bryn Terfel in the title role.
Both concerts will be streamed live on Medici.tv.
Daniil Trifonov gives solo recital & Kristóf Baráti debuts at the Verbier Festival with Benjamin Beilman
On 24 July 2016, Daniil Trifonov, Kristóf Baráti and Benjamin Beilman appear at the Verbier Festival.
Trifonov makes the first of three appearances at the festival, performing in recital at the Salle des Combins at 7pm. He performs a programme of Bach Violin Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV.1004: 5. Ciaccona (arr. Brahms for Piano Left-Hand), Liszt Grandes études de Paganini, Schubert Piano Sonata in G major, D.894 'Fantasie' and Brahms Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Book I, Op.35.
Kristóf Baráti then joins Benjamin Beilman and others for his festival debut in a chamber concert at the Église de Verbier at 8pm, performing Fauré Piano Quartet No.2 and Enescu Piano Quartet No.2.
Daniil Trifonov nominated for Gramophone Artist of the Year 2016
Daniil Trifonov has been nominated for Artist of the Year at the Gramophone Awards 2016, part of the magazine’s annual awards ceremony. The award is decided by an audience vote.
Voting is open to the public and runs until 31 July and the winner will be revealed at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards on 15 September, 2016. Click here to cast your vote.
Writing about Trifonov’s nomination, Gramophone wrote:
“A true star in the making, Trifonov gave us a disc of Rachmaninov variations, combining solo and concertante pieces, including a piece by himself, demonstrating yet another facet in this superb musician’s art.”
Highlights in the UK for Trifonov last year included performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, at the Edinburgh International Festival, and the complete Rachmaninov Piano Concerti with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in April, May and October 2015. This year, he undertook a residency at the Wigmore Hall in February and June, and in August he returns to the Edinburgh International Festival for a residency of three concerts: a concerto, solo recital and chamber concert.
Outside the UK, recent highlights have included the complete Rachmaninov Piano Concerto cycle with the New York Philharmonic, the premiere of Trifonov’s own Piano Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Honeck (which Trifonov will also perform at the 2016 Verbier Festival), appearing as soloist at the 2015 Nobel Prize Concert with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Welser-Möst, and recitals at venues including the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie and Vienna Konzerthaus. 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 again the complete Rachmaninov Piano Concerto cycle with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Munich Philharmonic with Gergiev.
Intermusica artists star at the 2016 Verbier Festival
Intermusica artists appear throughout the 2016 Verbier Festival, with all performances streamed live by Medici.tv. Set in the scenic mountain resort of Verbier, Switzerland, the festival draws the most respected names in classical music each year. See performance times, dates and venues below:
Baráti then performs two back to back solo recitals at the Église de Verbier Village on 26 July. At 11am, he performs Bach Sonatas for Solo Violin Nos 1, 2 and 3, and at 2.30pm he performs Bach Violin Partitas Nos 1, 2 and 3.
Daniil Trifonov joins forces with Leonidas Kavakos at the Église de Verbier at 11am on 29 July to perform Smetana Piano Trio, Op.15 alongside Gautier Capucon. Trifonov and Capucon also perform R. Schumann Fantasiestücke and Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor.
Leonidas Kavakos then performs with Yuja Wang, Martin Fröst, Gautier Capucon, Roman Simovic and Blythe Teh Engstroem at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 30 July, playing a programme of Bartók, Brahms and Robert Schumann.
Daniil Trifonov gives his third and final performance at the festival on 31 July, joining the Verbier Festival Orchestra and conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy at 7pm at the Salle des Combins to perform his own Piano Concerto.
Leonidas Kavakos performs the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Alexander Buzlov and the Verbier Festival Orchestra and conductor Paavo Jarvi at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 1 August.
George Li joins Emmanuel Krivine and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 6 August. Li performs as soloist in Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2, in addition to Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No.3 with Joshua Bell and Bizet Symphony in C major.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Verbier Festival Academy Orchestra in a performance of Mozart Don Giovanni at 2.30pm on 7 August at the Salle des Combins.
Visit Medici.tv for broadcast links to each concert.
Daniil Trifonov completes Wigmore Hall residency
Daniil Trifonov completes his residency at London’s Wigmore Hall this month, giving both a duo recital with Matthias Goerne on 8 June and a solo recital on 9 June 2016.
Trifonov and Goerne perform works by Berg, Schumann, Wolf, Shostakovich and Brahms. Trifonov’s solo recital, which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, includes J.S. Bach Violin Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV.1004: Ciaccona (arr. Brahms for Piano Left-Hand), Schubert Piano Sonata in G major, D.894 'Fantasie', Brahms Variations on a Theme by Paganini - Book I, Op.35 and Rachmaninov Piano Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op.28.
Trifonov's residency featured recitals with Gidon Kramer and Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė and a highly-praised duo recital with Sergei Babayan:
"The precision, panache and exuberance with which Trifonov and Babayan played were simply breathtaking, the standing ovation that followed richly deserved."
Guardian, February 2016
Trifonov was recently named as the Royal Philharmonic Society's Instrumentalist of the Year. The society praised Trifonov for his "technical brilliance, deep musicality and a fearless sense of adventure underpin every one of this artist's performances." Click here to read more.
Daniil Trifonov wins Instrumentalist Award at the RPS Music Awards
Daniil Trifonov was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Instrumentalists of the Year last night, 10 May. The jury commended him for his "technical brilliance, deep musicality and fearless sense of adventure". The awards are given for outstanding contribution to music in the UK during 2015.
Highlights in the UK for Trifonov last year included performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, at the Edinburgh International Festival, and the complete Rachmaninov Piano Concerti with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in April, May and October 2015. This year, he began a residency at the Wigmore Hall in February, continuing with two more concerts in June, and in August he returns to the Edinburgh International Festival for a residency of three concerts: a concerto, solo recital and chamber concert.
Outside the UK, recent highlights include concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony and Chicago Symphony orchestras, as well as recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, Théatre des Champs Elysées among many others.
The RPS Awards ceremony also featured the reading of the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ citation for the RPS Gold Medal, the highest accolade the Society can bestow, which he received in February 2016.
The RPS Music Awards are the highest recognition for live classical music-making in the United Kingdom. They reward the outstanding brilliance of distinguished musicians, composers and young artists as well as imaginative ways of broadening our understanding and enjoyment of music.
Intermusica artists join Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky Orchestra for Prokofiev's 125th anniversary
Kristóf Baráti, Leonidas Kavakos, Denis Kozhukhin and Daniil Trifonov will come together across Russia on 23 and 24 April to take part in major Prokofiev celebrations marking 125 years since the composer’s birth, organised by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra.
At 11.30am on Saturday 23 April, Denis Kozhukhin and Leonidas Kavakos perform Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1, respectively, in the Moscow Tchaikovsky Concert Hall under Maestro Gergiev and the Mariinsky (more details).
At 3pm, Denis Kozhukhin and Daniil Trifonov appear alongside pianists Katya Skanavi and Iliya Rashkovsky to present Prokofiev Piano Sonatas Nos. 5 (Kozhukhin) and 1 & 3 (Trifonov) – more details.
9pm that evening sees Kristóf Baráti perform Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 with Gergiev and the Orchestra in St Petersburg in a concert which will be streamed live on Mezzo TV.
On Sunday 24 April, at 1pm, Daniil Trifonov performs Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major alongside Gergiev and the Mariinsky (more details).
The celebration of Prokofiev continues all week in St Petersburg and Moscow.
Mark Wigglesworth, Daniil Trifonov & Sir James MacMillan's Cumnock Tryst shortlisted for RPS Music Awards
The Shortlists for the 2016 RPS Music Awards were announced on 31 March 2016, with Mark Wigglesworth and Daniil Trifonov shortlisted in the Conductor and Instrumentalist categories, while Sir James MacMillan's festival The Cumnock Tryst is shortlisted in the Concert Series and Festivals category.
Mark Wigglesworth’s nomination follows a run of highly acclaimed productions as Music Director of English National Opera in which his conducting has been hailed by the critics as “masterly" (Daily Telegraph) and “sublime” (Times).
Highlights for Daniil Trifonov this season include performances with the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony and London Symphony orchestras, as well as a residency at the Wigmore Hall and recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, Théatre des Champs Elysées among many others.
James MacMillan’s Cumnock Tryst is nominated in the Concert Series and Festivals category. The festival was founded by MacMillan in October 2014, and takes places annually in his native Ayrshire. Find out more on the Cumnock Tryst’s website.
The RPS Music Awards are the highest recognition for live classical music-making in the United Kingdom, and the winners will be announced in May 2016 at a special awards ceremony.
Daniil Trifonov joins London Symphony Orchestra & Alan Gilbert at the Barbican Centre
Daniil Trifonov returns to the London Symphony Orchestra this month, when he performs Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Barbican Centre under the baton of Alan Gilbert on 7 April 2016.
Trifonov appeared with the orchestra to great critical acclaim at the 2015 BBC Proms, when he joined the orchestra for Valery Gergiev's concert of all five Prokofiev piano concertos.
"As for the pianists, they were outstanding, particularly Trifonov, whose gift for bewitching his audience is, by now, well documented. His is a musical temperament of tightly coiled intensity, well suited to the ferocious passion of the First and Third concertos. But at his most delicate — and few pianists can rival him for lightness of touch — he can be even more devastating."
“His playing was utterly remarkable… Trifonov’s poise and delicacy meant that the First sparkled and glittered, but never harshly or coldly. The central variation in the Third’s middle movement was beautifully shaped; poetry cascaded from Trifonov’s fingers, pearly rivulets of sound.”
“Nowhere else in the concert was raw virtuosity so effectively put into the service of musical expression. And Trifonov demonstrated that the distinctiveness of his touch was not at the expense of variety of expression… The applause that followed this concerto was by far the loudest of the evening.”
Daniil Trifonov begins Wigmore Hall residency
Daniil Trifonov begins his 2015/16 residency at London’s Wigmore Hall on 12 February 2016, joining Gidon Kremer and Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė for a programme of Rachmaninov Preghiera (arr. Kreisler), Weinberg Violin Sonatas No. 5 and No.3 for solo violin and Rachmaninov Trio élégiaque No.2 in D minor.
Trifonov returns to Wigmore Hall on 14 February with pianist Sergei Babayan when the duo will perform Schumann Andante and Variations for Two Pianos, Rachmaninov Suite No.1, Op.5 'Fantaisie-Tableaux' and Rachmaninov Suite No.2, Op.17. The residency continues with two concerts in June 2016.
Daniil Trifonov at the Concertgebouw's Masterpianists series
Following his triumphant debut appearance in October 2013, Daniil Trifonov returns to the Concertgebouw’s Masterpianists Series on 31 January 2016. He performs a recital programme that includes J.S. Bach Ciaccona (arr. Brahms), Chopin Études Op.10 and Rachmaninov Piano Sonata No.1 in D minor.
Daniil Trifonov begins European recital tour at Wiener Konzerthaus
Daniil Trifonov embarks on a recital tour of Europe this winter, beginning at Wiener Konzerthaus on 18 January 2016. Over the course of the tour, Trifonov visits Germany, France and the Netherlands, performing works by Bach, Schubert, Brahms, Liszt and Rachmaninov at venues including the Vienna Konzerthaus (18 January), Berlin Philharmonie (25 January), Palais des Beaux-Arts (27 January), Amsterdam Concertgebouw as part of their Masterpianists Series (31 January) and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris (7 February).
Trifonov makes further recital appearances in London in February, beginning his residency at Wigmore Hall with recitals of Rachmaninov, Weinberg and Schumann on 12 and 14 February.
Daniil Trifonov performs Prokofiev with Orchestre National de France in Paris
Daniil Trifonov makes his debut with the Orchestre National de France on 14 January 2016. Trifonov performs Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 under the baton of James Conlon, and the concert takes place in the Auditorium of La Maison de la Radio. The programme is completed by Varèse Intégrales and Dvořák Symphony No.8.
Trifonov performed Prokofiev Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 2 with the LSO and Valery Gergiev at the 2015 BBC Proms. The Financial Times praised Trifonov's "gift for bewitching his audience", commenting that "the First Concerto often crackled with potential energy."
Daniil Trifonov, Paul McCreesh & Giancarlo Guerrero nominated for Grammy Awards
Daniil Trifonov, Paul McCreesh and Giancarlo Guerrero are among the list of nominees at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, in recognition of excellence in the recording arts over the last year.
Best Classical Instrumental Solo:
Daniil Trifonov’s Grammy nomination is in recognition of his recording of the Rachmaninov Variations with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, including Trifonov’s own composition Rachmaniana. The release was described by the Guardian as “dazzling performances, showing why Trifonov, when at his best like this, is peerless among younger pianists today.”
Best Classical Compendium:
Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort & Players added Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato 1740 in 2015 to their ever-growing discography on McCreesh’s own label Winged Lion, which already includes such works of the choral repertoire as Britten War Requiem, Mendelssohn Elijah and Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts. McCreesh and Gabrieli’s first Handel recording in over a decade recreates in painstaking detail the very first performance of L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, given in 1740, with additional instrumental repertoire including a Handel organ concerto and two concerti grossi. The disc has been praised in the press, with critics saying:
"Handel lovers can hardly fail to enjoy the mingled finesse and hedonistic delight of this new recording"
Gramophone, May 2015
"Paul McCreesh’s superb Gabrieli Consort and Players present this … with flair, a pristine sense of style and infectious energy."
Times, May 2015
Giancarlo Guerrero’s recording of works by Stephen Paulus has also been nominated in the Contemporary Classical Compendium category. The Concerto for String Quartet showcases the principle strings of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, which Guerrero has led to multiple Grammy wins in previous years. Also nominated in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category is Joan Tower’s Stroke which Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony recorded for Naxos in 2015.
The winners will be revealed at the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, held on 15 February 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Click here to view the full list of nominations on the Grammys website.
Daniil Trifonov performs at Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic
Daniil Trifonov travels to Stockholm to perform with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2015 Nobel Prize Concert on 8 December 2015.
The concert takes place at the Stockholm Concert Hall and forms part of the official Nobel Week programme of activities. Trifonov performs Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst, and the concert will be broadcast live on Sveriges Television.
Read more about the events taking place during Nobel Week here.
Daniil Trifonov joins New York Philharmonic for Rachmaninov Festival at Avery Fisher Hall
Following his hugely successful Rachmaninov Piano Concerto Cycle with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Daniil Trifonov begins a similar project with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall on 11 November 2015.
Trifonov joins the orchestra for 11 concerts in 17 days, starting with Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Piano Concerto No. 2 under the baton of Cristian Mačelaru (11, 12, 13, 14 & 17 November). Trifonov also performs Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 4 with Neeme Järvi (19, 20 & 21 November) and Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 with Ludovic Morlot (24, 27 & 28 November). He also joins musicians of the orchestra for performances of the composer's chamber works at 92nd Street Y on 22 November.
Daniil Trifonov completes Rachmaninov Piano Concerto cycle with Philharmonia Orchestra
Daniil Trifonov returns to the UK in October 2015 to complete his cycle of Rachmaninov Piano Concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Trifonov gives three performances of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 4, alongside Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, at The Anvil Basingstoke (7 October), the Royal Festival Hall (8 October) and at De Montfort Hall in Leicester (9 October), all conducted by Rafael Payare. The following week, Trifonov returns to the Royal Festival Hall on 15 October when to perform Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 under the baton of Jakub Hrůša, which will be repeated the following day at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.
Daniil Trifonov performs his Piano Concerto for Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra season-opening concert
On 18 and 20 September 2015, Daniil Trifonov returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to open its 2015/16 season with the professional premiere of his own Piano Concerto in E-flat minor, performed by Trifonov himself.
These performances will be conducted by the orchestra’s Music Director, Manfred Honeck, and will take place at Heinz Hall.
The concerto is Trifonov’s first large-scale orchestral composition and following the world premiere of the work with students at the Cleveland Institute, Zachary Lewis commented in the Cleveland Plain Dealer that, “Even having seen it, one cannot quite believe it. Such is the artistry of pianist-composer Daniil Trifonov.”
Daniil Trifonov returns to La Scala with London Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniil Trifonov returns to La Scala in Milan on 7 September 2015, when he joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski in a performance of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. Trifonov made his debut with the orchestra in July 2015, when gave three performances of the same concerto at the Rheingau Musik Festival and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.
Daniil Trifonov gives recitals at La Roque d’Antheron & Edinburgh International Festival
Daniil Trifonov returns to the Festival International de Piano La Roque d'Anthéron on 5 August 2015, where he performs at the Parc du Château de Florans. Trifonov’s programme includes J.S. Bach Ciaccona (arr. Brahms for Piano Left-Hand), Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli and Liszt Transcendental Études.
Trifonov also returns to the Edinburgh International Festival this summer, where he gives a recital with baritone Matthias Goerne at the Queen’s Hall on 29 August. The duo performs a programme including Berg Four Lieder, Schumann Dichterliebe, Wolf Michelangelo Lieder, Shostakovich Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti (selection) and Brahms Four Serious Songs.
Daniil Trifonov returns to BBC Proms and tours Germany with London Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniil Trifonov returns to the BBC Proms on 28 July 2015, for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev. Together they perform Prokofiev Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 3, part of a programme that includes all five of the composer’s piano concertos.
This month also sees Trifonov touring Germany with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and their Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski. Trifonov gives three performances of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 at Rheingau Musik Festival (18 July) and at Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (19 and 20 July). Trifonov then travels to the Verbier Festival, where he takes part in four concerts, among them a performance of Mozart Piano Concerto No.7 in F major with the Festival Orchestra and Valery Gergiev (23 July) and a solo recital at the Salle des Combins (25 July), where he performs works by Rachaminov and Liszt.
Daniil Trifonov returns to Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France at Philharmonie de Paris
On 19 June 2015, Daniil Trifonov returns to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France for his first performance at the Philharmonie de Paris. Trifonov will perform Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3, a piece that he performed with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall last month, under the baton of Myung-Whun Chung in a programme that also includes Brahms Symphony No.2.
Daniil Trifonov embarks on Rachmaninov Piano Concerto cycle with Philharmonia
On 26 April, Daniil Trifonov begins his Rachmaninov Piano Concerto cycle with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. Trifonov will open his cycle with a performance of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1 under the baton of Yuri Temirkanov in a concert that will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. On 17 May, Trifonov continues the cycle at the Royal Festival Hall with Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3, this time conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.
On 4 and 5 May, Trifonov will return to France for two recitals with Gidon Kremer at the Halle aux Grains in Toulouse and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. The duo will perform a programme that includes Weinberg Violin Sonatina in D major, Schubert Violin Sonata in A major and Schubert Fantasia in C major.
Daniil Trifonov tours Spain with Philharmonia Orchestra
Daniil Trifonov joins the Philharmonia Orchestra during January and February as soloist on a six-concert tour of Spain.
Performing Chopin Piano Concerto No.2 under the baton of Clemens Schuldt, Trifonov will give concerts at Teatro Principal Antzokia, Vitoria-Gasteiz (27 January), Auditorio Nacional Madrid (28 January), L'Auditori de Barcelona (29 January), Auditorium Principe Felipe de Oviedo (30 January), Auditorio y Centro De Congresos Victor Villegas, Murcia (31 January) and Palau de la Musica, Valencia (1 February).
Daniil Trifonov: four concerts with New York Philharmonic
Daniil Trifonov returns to New York in December; first to Carnegie Hall where he recorded his critically acclaimed Deutsche Grammophon album, The Carnegie Recital, followed by four performances with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall.
On 9 December, Trifonov performs J. S. Bach Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV.542 (arr. Liszt), Beethoven Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor and Liszt 12 Transcendental Etudes. The recital will be broadcast live online as part of the venue’s new partnership with Medici.tv.
Later in December, Trifonov returns to the New York Philharmonic with whom he will give four performances of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1 at the Avery Fisher Hall under the baton of Juanjo Meno (30 December, 2, 3 and 6 January).
Daniil Trifonov makes dazzling recital debut at Royal Festival Hall
On 30 September, Daniil Trifonov opened the Southbank Centre’s 2014/15 International Piano Series with a staggering recital at the Royal Festival Hall, performing J. S. Bach Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Chopin and Liszt 12 Etudes d’exécution transcendante.
Trifonov brought the Royal Festival Hall audience to its feet and has received phenomenal reviews in the press, with Jessica Duchen commenting that the recital “feature moments of magic that will linger in the memory for a very long time”:
“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… This pianist has a lightness of touch that has to be heard to be believed. But whether at his most delicate or most thunderous what stood out above all else was his musical sincerity.”
Financial Times, five stars, October 2014
“From the start the hallmarks that can make you fall wholesale for Trifonov’s artistry were more than apparent: his ability to evoke a sense of improvisation was out in force, together with masterful control of a gripping musical narrative that remains immediate and inspired without ever losing its logic…
Performing Liszt’s 12 Études live in concert is not a task that many pianists would dare set themselves… such a rare occasion is to be treasured; and Trifonov’s ascent of these craggy rockfaces featured moments of magic that will linger in the memory for a very long time… The finest of the set contained some of the most astonishing piano playing one could hope to hear anywhere in the world.”
Jessica Duchen, Arts Desk, October 2014
“Superlatives quickly become redundant when attempting to describe the pianistic feats of this young artist.”
Bachtrack, October 2014
Daniil Trifonov wins 2014 ECHO Klassik Award for Newcomer of the Year
Daniil Trifonov has been announced as the winner of the 2014 ECHO Klassik Award for Newcomer of the Year. The award is in recognition for his first album as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, The Carnegie Recital.
Recorded live from Trifonov’s debut Caregnie Hall recital in February 2013, the recital includes works by Liszt, Scriabin, Chopin and Medtner and has attracted worldwide critical acclaim:
“In his hands, familiar works seem entirely newly minted, yet make perfect sense. Trifonov never plays a repeated phrase the same way twice, and his flair for drama and narrative reaches heady heights in combination with his beauty of tone and inextinguishable passion for the music.”
Jessica Duchen, The Pianist
Daniil Trifonov tours Europe with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev
In April 2014, Daniil Trifonov embarks on a European tour with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev, beginning 1 April in Brussels.
Having made his debut with the orchestra in September 2011, Trifonov returns for seven performances of Chopin Piano Concerto No.2, including concerts at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (1 April), Alte Oper, Frankfurt (2 April), Konzerthaus, Dortmund (3 April), Konzerthaus Freiburg (4 April), Salle Pleyel, Paris (5 April), Teatro Alla Scala Milan (7 April) and the Barbican Hall, London (13 April).
As well as the Chopin Piano Concerto, the programme features Messiaen's Les offrandes oubliées and Scriabin's Symphony No.3 'The Divine Poem'.
Trifonov's performance of Chopin Piano Concerto No.2 with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Masaaki Suzuki is available to watch on Medici.tv.
Daniil Trifonov makes his debut at the Concertgebouw
On 6 October Daniil Trifonov makes his debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and his second ever appearance in the Netherlands. He will open the venue’s 'Master Pianists' series, which also features András Schiff, Maurizio Pollini, Grigory Sokolov and Krystian Zimerman throughout the season. Trifonov's first Dutch performance was in September at the opening concert of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival.
Soon after, Trifonov makes his Wigmore Hall comeback with a sold-out recital on 8 October. His first recital at the iconic chamber music venue had been in 2011, nine months after winning the Tchaikovsky Competition. The day before, Trifonov will be a guest of BBC Radio 3’s live music programme, In Tune.
Daniil Trifonov returns to the Wigmore Hall on 2 December for a chamber music recital with the Pavel Haas Quartet.