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2017-18 Great Performers Series Presents Pianists George Li and Daniil Trifonov in October

October 5, 2017

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(High resolution images of Daniil Trifonov and George Li are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library.)


George Li performs works from his new album “Live at the Mariinsky” and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Appassionata this Sunday, October 8

Daniil Trifonov’s season-long residency begins with a Chopin-inspired solo recital featuring selections from his new album “Chopin Evocations” Monday, October 30

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—This Sunday, the San Francisco Symphony’s (SFS) 2017–18 season Great Performers Series kicks off with dynamic young pianist George Li performing a solo recital which includes selections from his new album “Live at the Mariinsky,” including Liszt’s Consolation No. 3 in D-flat major and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp minor, Haydn’s Piano Sonata in B minor, and Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli. Additionally, the program features Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Appassionata. October is a month of many firsts for George Li—“Live at the Mariinsky,” to be released October 6, is Li’s debut album with the Warner Classics label to which he was recently signed, and San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall is the first stop on an eight-city tour to promote this album. Li’s recital marks his Great Performers Series debut.

George Li gave his first public performance at Boston’s Steinway Hall at the age of ten and in 2011, performed for President Obama at the White House in an evening honoring Chancellor Angela Merkel. He is the First Prize winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and a recipient of the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award. Li won the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition and was the recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is currently in the Harvard University/New England Conservatory joint program, studying with Wha Kyung Byun.

On October 30, Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov launches a varied season-long residency with a solo recital performing works from his new album “Chopin Evocations,” including  Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor and Variations on "Là ci darem la mano" from Mozart's Don Giovanni, Opus 2, Variations on a Theme of Chopin by Rachmaninoff and Mompou, Tchaikovsky’s Un poco di Chopin, Schumann’s Chopin from Carnaval, Grieg’s Hommage à Chopin from Moods, and Barber’s Nocturne (Hommage to John Field). “Chopin Evocations” will be released on October 6 and is Trifonov’s fourth album as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist. The album celebrates Chopin’s power to move and his influence upon other great composers including Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Barber and Mompou. Trifonov returns on February 27 to give a duo recital with his teacher and mentor Sergei Babayan, performing works by Schumann, Schubert and Rachmaninoff.  June 21–24, Trifonov wraps up his residency performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.

Since winning First Prize at both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions in 2011 at the age of 20, Daniil Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent in the world of classical music as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber musician, and composer. He was awarded the prestigious Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Instrumental Soloist In 2013 and is the winner of Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year award. The Times (UK) calls Trifonov “without question the most astounding pianist of our age.”

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