photo:  Alexander Ivanov

photo:  Alexander Ivanov

Born in Nizhniy Novgorod in 1991, Daniil Trifonov is one of the brightest names of the next generation of pianists. His reputation for outstanding performances, musical insight and expressive intensity has already surpassed the attention he received when, during the 2010/11 season, he won medals at three of the most prestigious competitions in the music world: the Chopin Competition in Warsaw (Third Prize), the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv (First Prize) and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (First Prize and Grand Prix). Jury members and observers at these competitions included Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Van Cliburn, Emanuel Ax, Nelson Freire, Yefim Bronfman and Valery Gergiev. Gergiev personally awarded Trifonov the 'Grand Prix' in Moscow, the award given to the best overall competitor in any of that Competition's categories. 

Highlights of the 2011/12 season for Trifonov included debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (tour and subscription concerts in Vienna), London Symphony Orchestra and Mariinsky Orchestra with Gergiev, Israel Philharmonic with Mehta, Russian National Orchestra with Pletnev, as well as collaborations with Vladimir Fedoseyev, Pietari Inkinen, Sir Neville Marriner, Diego Matheuz and Antoni Wit. He also has given performances at the Wigmore Hall London, Musikverein Vienna, Salle Pleyel Paris, Carnegie Hall New York, Suntory Hall Tokyo, and venues across North and South America, Europe and Asia. The audience responses and reviews he has received throughout the season have consistently marked him out as one of the outstanding talents of today. 

In summer 2012, Daniil Trifonov debuted at the major festivals of Europe. He performed at Verbir, Montreux, Tivoli, Edinburgh, Lockenhaus, Grafenegg, La Roque d'Anthéron and Klavier Festival Ruhr, while in the USA he appeared at Blossom, Ravinia and Chautauqua Festival. 

The 2012/13 season saw Daniil Trifonov making his debut with several prestigious international orchestras, including New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and a return to the London Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra and Warsaw Philharmonic. 

Trifonov’s 2012/13 recitals included Washington Kennedy Center, New York Carnegie Hall (Stern auditorium), Boston Celebrity Series, Berlin Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie, Munich Herkulessaal, Amsterdam Concertgebouw (main auditorium), London Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, Paris Auditorium du Louvre, Zurich Tonhalle and Lucerne Piano Festival, Brussels Palais de Beaux Arts, Schloss Elmau, Seoul Arts Center and many others. 

Daniil Trifonov began his musical studies at the age of five. He studied at Moscow Gnesin School of Music in the class of Tatiana Zelikman (2000-2009). From 2006 to 2009 he also studied composition and has continued to write piano, chamber and orchestral music since then. Since 2009, he has studied piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the class of Sergei Babayan. In 2008, at the age of 17, he received awards at the Scriabin Competition of Moscow and at the San Marino International competition. He also received a Guzik Foundation Career Grant in 2009, leading top tours of the USA and Italy. 

I autumn 2012 Trifonov's recording of Tchaikovsky Piano Concert No. 1 with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, as well as a selection of solo piano music, was released on the Mariinsky label. His first CD was released on Decca in 2011, featuring a selection of Chopin solo piano works. 



MAR 9, 2014



  (This is a change in program)


  • Preludes, Op. 28


  • Theme and Variations in F Major, Op. 19, No. 6


  • Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 (1837, complete version)
  • Encore 1: Waltz in Eb Major, Op. 18 (Chopin)
  • Encore 2: Gavotte from Partita No. 3 in E Major for Violin, BWV 1006 (Bach/Rachmaninoff)