Daniil Trifonov

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov first received international recognition after winning first prize at both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions in 2011 at the age of twenty. Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1991, he began his musical training at the age of five, and went on to attend Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music as a student of Tatiana Zelikman, before pursuing piano studies with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also studied composition, and has written music for piano, chamber, and orchestra.

The 2013-14 season includes recital engagements in Chicago, London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Rio de Janeiro. He plays concertos by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Shostakovich, Chopin, and Mozart with leading orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, London Symphony, and Rome’s Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Upcoming chamber music highlights include a duo recital tour with his teacher and fellow pianist, Sergei Babayan, that kicks off with a gala concert at the Dallas Chamber Music Society.

The 2012-13 season saw Mr. Trifonov make debuts in the US with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and Philadelphia Orchestra, and internationally with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, London’s Royal Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He made solo recital debuts at Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and the Salle Pleyel in Paris, and his summer appearances included the Verbier and Edinburgh festivals and his BBC Proms debut. Mr. Trifonov appeared at Davies Symphony Hall last season with the Russian National Orchestra as part of the San Francisco Symphony’s Great Performers Series. He makes his San Francisco Symphony debut with these performances.

An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, Mr. Trifonov’s first album for the label, Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital, was captured live at his recent Carnegie Hall recital debut and was recently released in the US. His future plans with the label include recording Rachmaninoff’s complete piano concertos. His discography also features a Chopin album for Decca and a recording of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra on the ensemble’s own label.

(January 2014)