Meet The Performers

Visiting Artist

Daniil Trifonov

Born in Nizhniy Novgorod in 1991, Daniil Trifonov is one of the brightest names of the next generation of pianists. His reputation for outstanding performances, musical insight and expressive intensity has already surpassed the attention he received during the 2010/11 season when he won medals at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw (Third Prize), the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv (First Prize) and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (First Prize and Grand Prix). Prior to that, he received awards at the Scriabin Competition of Moscow and at the San Marino International competition, and received a Guzik Foundation Career Grant in 2009.

Highlights of the past two seasons have included debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic (tour and subscription concerts), London Symphony and Mariinsky orchestras with Gergiev, Israel Philharmonic with Mehta, Philharmonia Orchestra with Maazel, Russian National Orchestra with Pletnev, New York Philharmonic with Gilbert, Cleveland Orchestra with Gaffigan, Boston Symphony with Guerrero, Chicago Symphony and Royal Philharmonic with Dutoit, as well as performances with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Warsaw Philharmonic, and collaborations with Vladimir Fedoseyev, Sir Neville Marriner and Antoni Wit.

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

The 2013/14 season sees Daniil Trifonov making his debut with further prestigious internatonal orchestras, including, in North America, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (Harth-Bedoya), Philadelphia Orchestra (Macelaru), San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra (Vanska). In Europe he will perform with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Chung), Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin (Sinaisky), Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (Pletnev), Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Gergiev), Moscow Philharmonic (Bychkov), Oslo Philharmonic (Petrenko) and Danish Radio Symphony (Noseda), Finnish Radio Symphony (Lintu), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Yamada), Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI (Xien Zhang), Orquesta de Cadaques and Academy of St Martin in the Fields (Marriner). He will make his debut with the São Paulo Symphony and the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasiliera. His performances include concert debuts in LA Hollywood Bowl, Washington Kennedy Center, Berlin Philharmonie, Milano Teatro alla Scala, London Royal Albert Hall, Paris Salle Pleyel, Munich Prinzregenten-Theater and Geneva Victoria Hall. Daniil Trifonov will also give return performances with the London Symphony Orchestra (in London and on tour) and Mariinsky Orchestra with Gergiev, Russian National Orchestra (tour) with Pletnev, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (tour) with Nagano, National Symphony Orchestra with Frühbeck de Burgos and Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Mark Elder.

Trifonov’s upcoming recitals include a return to Carnegie Hall and a debut in Chicago Symphony Hall, debuts in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw’s main auditorium (Master Piano Series), Munich Herkulessaal, Cologne Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, and returns to Wigmore Hall, Louvre, Tonhalle, Parco della Musica, Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall and Warsaw Filharmonia. Festival appearances include Tanglewood, Saratoga, Aspen, Verbier, Edinburgh International Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, Montreux, Rheingau and Schwetzingen.

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

Daniil Trifonov began his musical studies at the age of five. He studied at Moscow Gnesin School of Music in the class of Tatiana Zelikman (2000-2009). From 2006 to 2009 he also studied composition and has continued to write piano, chamber and orchestral music since then. Since 2009, he has studied piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the class of Sergei Babayan.

In February 2013, Deutsche Grammophon announced the signing of an exclusive recording agreement with Daniil Trifonov. A series of recital and concerto recordings for DG will follow in the next years. Trifonov’s previous recordings include a disc of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra which was released on the Mariinsky label in 2012. His first CD was released on Decca in 2011, featuring a selection of Chopin solo works.

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