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 ensemble, and orchestra. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in January 2014 as a Shenson Young Artist.
Throughout the 2015-16 season, Mr. Trifonov focuses on the music of Rachmaninoff, playing complete concerto cycles at the New York Philharmonic’s Rachmaninoff Festival and with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra; the Third Piano Concerto for debuts with the Berlin Staatskapelle and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and with both the Orchestre National de Lyon and the Munich Philharmonic; the Fourth Piano Concerto for his subscription debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra; and the Second Piano Concerto on an Asian tour with the Czech Philharmonic. He makes his debut with the Montreal Symphony in Prokofiev’s Third Concerto on an extensive North American tour, and he performs Prokofiev’s Second Concerto with the Orchestre National de France and the London Symphony Orchestra. He also performs Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the La Scala Orchestra, and Liszt’s First Piano Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony, at home and on a ten-stop European tour. An accomplished composer, he also plays his own Piano Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony. In addition to making his recital debut in Los Angeles, Mr. Trifonov undertakes a European recital tour that includes stops in Vienna, Berlin, Geneva, Paris, Rome, Lisbon, Barcelona, and Amsterdam. He takes up residencies in Lugano, Switzerland, and at London’s Wigmore Hall, where he collaborates with pianist Sergei Babayan and violinist Gidon Kremer.
Mr. Trifonov records exclusively for the Deutsche Grammophon label. His most recent release is Rachmaninoff Variations, recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Last season saw Deutsche Grammophon release Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital, captured live at the pianist’s sold-out 2013 Carnegie Hall recital debut. The album scored both an ECHO Klassik award and a Grammy nomination. Mr. Trifonov’s 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.