Danil Trifonov – Piano

Danil Trifonov

“Last night I listened to him again on YouTube – he has everything and more. 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.”

Martha Argerich, The Financial Times, 9 July 2011

“He may be just 21, but he’s already a fully developed keyboard poet.”

Michael Church, International Piano, June 2012

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 when, during the 2010/11 season, he won medals at three of the most prestigious competitions in the music world: 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). Jury members and observers at these competitions included Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Van Cliburn, Emanuel Ax, Nelson Freire, Yefim Bronfman and Valery Gergiev. Gergiev personally awarded Trifonov the ‘Grand Prix’ in Moscow, the additional award given to the best overall competitor in any of that Competition’s categories.

Highlights of the 2011/12 season for Trifonov included debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (tour and subscription concerts in Vienna), London Symphony Orchestra and Mariinsky Orchestra with Gergiev, Israel Philharmonic with Mehta, Russian National Orchestra with Pletnev, as well as collaborations with Vladimir Fedoseyev, Pietari Inkinen, Sir Neville Marriner, Diego Matheuz and Antoni Wit. He also has given performances at the Wigmore Hall London, Musikverein Vienna, Salle Pleyel Paris, Carnegie Hall New York, Suntory Hall Tokyo, and venues across North and South America, Europe and Asia. The audience responses and reviews he has received throughout the season have consistently marked him out as one of the outstanding talents of today.

In summer 2012, Daniil Trifonov makes his debut at the major festivals of Europe. He performs at Verbier, Montreux, Tivoli, Edinburgh, Lockenhaus, Grafenegg, La Roque d’Anthéron and Klavier Festival Ruhr, while in the USA he will appear at Blossom, Ravinia and Chautauqua Festival.

The 2012/13 season will see Daniil Trifonov making his debut with several prestigious internatonal orchestras, including New York Philharmonic with Gilbert, Chicago Symphony with Dutoit, Boston Symphony with Guerrero, Cleveland Orchestra with Gaffigan, Philharmonia Orchestra with Maazel, Royal Philharmonic with Dutoit, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with  Znaider, Budapest Festival Orchestra with Takács-Nagy, Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Battistoni, and returns to the London Symphony and Mariinsky Orchestra with Gergiev, Russian National Orchestra with Pletnev and Warsaw Philharmonic with Wit.

Trifonov’s upcoming recitals include Washington Kennedy Center, New York Carnegie Hall (Stern auditorium), Boston Celebrity Series, Berlin Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie, Munich Herkulessaal, Amsterdam Concertgebouw (Master Piano Series), London Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, Paris Auditorium du Louvre, Zurich Tonhalle and Lucerne Piano Festival, Brussels Palais de Beaux Arts, Schloss Elmau, Seoul Arts Center and many others.

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. Since 2009, he has studied piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the class of Sergei Babayan. In 2008, at the age of 17, he received awards at the Scriabin Competition of Moscow and at the San Marino International competition. He also received a Guzik Foundation Career Grant in 2009, and toured the USA and Italy as a consequence of this.

In February 2013, a day before the triumphant debut in Carnegie Hall, Deutsche Grammophon has announced the signature of an exclusive recording contract with Daniil Trifonov, praising him as “‘The Next One’ – THE Russian pianist-poet for the 21st Century”.

In autumn 2012 his recording of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, as well as a selection of solo piano music, was released on the Mariinsky label. His first CD was released on Decca in 2011, featuring a selection of Chopin solo piano works.

“An event of possible historical significance.”

Hilary Finch – The Times, March 16, 2012 – Daniil Trifonov’s recital debut in London

“A pianist for the rest of our lives””This is a major artist, phenomenally gifted and almost fully formed, with fresh ideas and a winning stage presence that is quite irresistible from the moment he bounds through the door and sits at the keyboard, unable to contain his need to share.”

Slipped Disc – Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds – March 15, 2012 – Daniil Trifonov’s recital debut in London

“He played with such intensity that it seemed as if this moment was the greatest or most powerful thing that one could possibly experience.”

Anne Midgette, Washington Post – October 2011 – Daniil Trifonov’s concert debut in Washington

“Mr. Trifonov has scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair. He is also a thoughtful artist … he can play with soft-spoken delicacy, not what you associate with competition conquerors.” 

Anthony Tommasini – The New York Times, July 29, 2011 – Daniil Trifonov’s recital debut in New York

“Every note he touched was pure gold… Compelling, radiant, every gesture in the music lovingly communicated, directly and with perfect naturalness, artfully but without artifice.”

Timothy Gilligan – New York Concert Review Inc., July 2011 – Daniil Trifonov’s recital debut in New York

“Alles glitzert, schwebt und stürmt so selbstverständlich wie man es nur von den größten Pianisten der Welt kennt.”

Lars Wallerang – Westdeutsche Zeitung, June 12, 2012 – Daniil Trifonov’s debut in Klavier Festival Ruhr