Daniil Trifonov—winner of Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year Award and the 2018 Grammy award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his Liszt collection, Transcendental—has made an ascent in the world of classical music as a solo artist, concerto collaborator, chamber musician, and as a composer.
Born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia in 1991, he attended Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music, before pursuing piano and composition studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2010–11, Mr. Trifonov took first prize in Tel Aviv’s Rubinstein Competition, third prize in Warsaw’s Chopin Competition, and first prize and Grand Prix in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition. He won Italy’s Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Instrumental Soloist in 2013, and he was named Gramophone’s Artist of the Year three years later.
An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, Mr. Trifonov’s latest recording Destination Rachmaninov: Arrival will be released in October. The release follows Destination Rachmaninov: Departure and the Grammy-nominated Rachmaninov: Variations, all recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. As this season’s Artist-in-Residence of the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Trifinov joins the ensemble for concerto performances in New York and Europe and gives the New York premiere of his own Piano Quintet. Upcoming highlights include collaborations with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New World Symphony; Bach-themed solo recitals in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Europe; and a return engagement at Carnegie Hall with his mentor, pianist Sergei Babayan.
Mr. Trifonov recently undertook season-long residencies at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Vienna’s Musikverein, and with the London Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic. Other recent highlights included launching the New York Philharmonic’s 2018–19 season, headlining the gala finale of the Chicago Symphony’s 125th anniversary celebrations, and collaborating with the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He regularly gives solo recitals at venues including Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Boston’s Celebrity Series, London’s Barbican and Royal Festival halls, Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Salle Pleyel, Brussels’s Palais des Beaux-Arts, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and Opera City, the Seoul Arts Center, and Melbourne’s Recital Centre. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2014 and was in residence for the 2017–18 season, appearing in both recital and concerto programs.