Daniil Trifonov

Current as of July 2022

The Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov was named Artist of the Year by the magazine Musical America in 2019, and has conquered the classical music world as a soloist, chamber musician and song accompanist, and also as a composer. He is an exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon, and received his first Grammy Award for his 2018 album Transcendental, featuring music by Liszt.

In October 2021 he released his new album Bach: The Art of Life. In November 2020 he released the double album Silver Age, of works by Skryabin, Prokofiev and Stravinsky, featuring the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. In 2021 this recording won an OPUS Klassik award. Previously, Daniil Trifonov released the two-part project Destination Rachmaninov and the Grammy-nominated album Rachmaninov: Variations with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Recent highlights in his concert career include tours with the London Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle, and engagements with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra. Daniil Trifonov has been artist in residence at the Vienna Musikverein and at Carnegie Hall, and with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic.

His focus in orchestral concerts in the current season has been on Beethoven and Brahms: he has performed all of Beethoven’s five concertos with seven orchestras across the world, including the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under Valery Gergiev on the opening of the Munich Isar Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with Fabio Luisi, the Philharmonia Zurich under Gianandrea Noseda and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano. He also gave the premiere of a concerto written for him by the American composer Mason Bates: a joint project involving the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

In recitals, he appears regularly at leading concert halls, among them the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Barbican Centre and the Royal Festival Hall in London, BOZAR in Brussels, the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. His chamber music partners include Sergei Babayan, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Vilde Frang, Clemens Hagen, Joshua Bell and Matthias Goerne.

Daniil Trifonov was born in 1991 in Nizhny Novgorod, attended Moscow’s Gnessin Institute and went on to further studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2011 he won first prize at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, third prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw and first prize and the grand prix of the Jury at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

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