Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov—winner of Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year award—has made an ascent in the world of classical music as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertory, collaborator at the keyboard in chamber music and song, and as a composer.
Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1991, Mr. Trifonov 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 continues to write for piano, chamber ensemble, and orchestra. In the 2010-11 season, Mr. Trifonov won medals at Warsaw’s Chopin Competition, Tel Aviv’s Rubinstein Competition, and Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition—three of the music world’s most prestigious competitions. In 2013 he was also awarded Italy’s Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Instrumental Soloist.
Focusing on Chopin in the 2017-18 season, Mr. Trifonov releases Chopin: Evocations, his fourth album as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, which includes both works by Chopin and twentieth-century composers influenced by the Polish master, such as Barber, Mompou, and others. He gives more than twenty recitals on the same theme across the US, Europe, and Asia this season. Mr. Trifonov also performs and curates a seven-concert, season-long Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall. This residency includes a solo recital and two all-Chopin programs with cellist Gautier Capuçon and Kremerata Baltica; collaborations with baritone Matthias Goerne and Sergei Babayan; a performance of his own piano concerto with the Mariinsky Orchestra; and a solo recital in Zankel Hall that includes a seminal piece from each decade of the twentieth century. Mr. Trifonov curates similar series this season at the Vienna Konzerthaus and at the San Francisco Symphony, where he is featured in a solo recital, a duo recital with Sergei Babayan, and an appearance performing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, led by Michael Tilson Thomas. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2014 as a Shenson Young Artist.
Other season highlights include a fall Asian tour, and European tours with violinist Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica, the London Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra. Further orchestral appearances include Richard Strauss’s Burleske with the Spanish National Orchestra and Bavarian Radio Symphony; the Schumann Concerto with Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic; Prokofiev with the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra led by Michael Tilson Thomas; Scriabin’s Piano Concerto with the Seattle Symphony; a performance of his own piano concerto with the Detroit Symphony; and Rachmaninoff performances with the Munich Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra