Virginia G. Piper Concert Series
Daniil Trifonov, piano
About the Event
GRAMMY®-winning Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov (dan-EEL TREE-fon–ov)—Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year—has made a spectacular ascent of the classical music world, as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe. “He has everything and more . . . tenderness and also the demonic element,” marveled pianist Martha Argerich “I never heard anything like that.” With Transcendental, the Liszt collection that marked his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, Trifonov won the 2018 GRAMMY® for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. As The Times of London notes, he is “without question the most astounding pianist of our age.”
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 honor bestowed on the best overall competitor in any category—in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition. In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Instrumental Soloist by Italy’s foremost music critics, and in 2016 he was named Gramophone’s Artist of the Year. Highlights of recent seasons include a seven-concert, season-long Carnegie Hall “Perspectives” series, crowned by a performance of Trifonov’s own piano concerto with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra.
Fall 2019 brought the release of Destination Rachmaninov: Arrival. Presenting the composer’s First and Third Concertos, this was the third volume of the Deutsche Grammophon series Trifonov recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Nézet-Séguin, following Destination Rachmaninov: Departure, named BBC Music’s 2019 Concerto Recording of the Year, and Rachmaninov: Variations, a 2015 GRAMMY® nominee. Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital, the pianist’s first recording as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, captured Trifonov’s sold-out 2013 Carnegie Hall recital debut live and scored Trifonov’s first GRAMMY® nomination.
Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1991, Trifonov began his musical training at the age of 5. He 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, the Cleveland Plain Dealer marveled: “Even having seen it, one cannot quite believe it. Such is the artistry of pianist-composer Daniil Trifonov.”