“Last night I listened to him again on YouTube – he has everything and more. What he does with his hands is technically incredible. It’s also his touch – he has tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that.”
Martha Argerich on The Financial Times, 9 July 2011
“He may be just 21, but he’s already a fully developed keyboard poet.”
Michael Church on International Piano, June 2012
Born in Nizhniy Novgorod in 1991, Daniil Trifonov is one of the brightest names of the next generation of pianists. The fame of his impressive talent and outstanding interpretative intensity has already outrun the first international attention, which he caught after winning, during the only 2010/11 season, 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).
During these performances, he already impressed jury members and observers such as Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Van Cliburn, Emanuel Ax, Nelson Freire, Yefim Bronfman, Valery Gergiev; Gergiev personally awarded him the ‘Grand Prix’ in Moscow, the additional award given to the best overall competitor in any of that Competition’s categories. But audience and critique are struck after each concert Daniil Trifonov plays.
Highlights of the 2011/12 season have included debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (tour), London Symphony Orchestra and Mariinsky Orchestra with Gergiev, Israel Philharmonic with Mehta, Russian National Orchestra with Pletnev, as well as collaborations with other conductors as Vladimir Fedoseyev, Pietari Inkinen, Sir Neville Marriner, Diego Matheuz, 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 Europe, North and South America, Middle and Far East; everywhere receiving ovations from the audience and influential reviews.
In the summer 2012, the debuts in major festivals of Europe: Verbier, Montreux, Tivoli, Edinburgh, Lockenhaus, Grafenegg, La Roque d’Anthéron, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Warsaw Chopin, etc; and in USA: Blossom, Ravinia and Chautauqua Festival.
The 2012/13 season will present Daniil Trifonov in a long list of prestigious debuts: New York Philharmonic (Gilbert), Chicago Symphony (Dutoit), Boston Symphony (Guerrero), Cleveland (Gaffigan), National Arts Centre (Zuckerman), Philharmonia (Maazel), Royal Philharmonic (Dutoit), BBC Philharmonic (Sinaisky), City or Birmingham Symphony (Venzago), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Znaider), Budapest Festival Orchestra (Takács-Nagy), Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Battistoni), and returns with London Symphony and Mariinsky (Gergiev), Russian National (Summers, Pletnev), Warsaw Philharmonic (Wit), etc.
Among his next recitals: Washington Kennedy Center, New York Carnegie Hall (Stern auditorium), Boston Celebrity Series, Berlin Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie and Munich Herkulessaal, Amsterdam Concertgebouw (main auditorium), London Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, Paris Auditorium du Louvre, Zurich Tonhalle and Lucerne Piano Festival, Bruxelles 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); since 2009, he has been studying piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the class of Sergei Babayan. From 2006 to 2009 he also studied composition and has continued to write piano, chamber and orchestral music since then. Still teenager, he won many competitions and in 2008, at the age of 17, he was awarded at the Scriabin Competition of Moscow and at San Marino International competition. He received a Guzik Foundation Career Grant in 2009, and toured the USA and Italy as a consequence of this.
In autumn 2012, the releasing by Mariinsky Label of his Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto n.1 with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra plus a selection of solo piano music.
His first CD was released on Decca in 2011, featuring a selection of Chopin solo piano works. He has also recorded for other labels and made a number of radio and television recordings in Russia, the USA and Italy.
“Alles glitzert, schwebt und stürmt so selbstverständlich wie man es nur von den größten Pianisten der Welt kennt.”
Lars Wallerang – Westdeutsche Zeitung, June 12, 2012 – Daniil Trifonov’s debut in Klavier Festival Ruhr
“An event of possible historical significance.”
Hilary Finch – The Times, March 16, 2012 – Daniil Trifonov’s recital debut in London
“A pianist for the rest of our lives”"This is a major artist, phenomenally gifted and almost fully formed, with fresh ideas and a winning stage presence that is quite irresistible from the moment he bounds through the door and sits at the keyboard, unable to contain his need to share.”
Slipped Disc – Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds – March 15, 2012 – Daniil Trifonov’s recital debut in London
“He played with such intensity that it seemed as if this moment was the greatest or most powerful thing that one could possibly experience.”
Anne Midgette, Washington Post – October 2011 – Daniil Trifonov’s concert debut in Washington
“Mr. Trifonov has scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair. He is also a thoughtful artist … he can play with soft-spoken delicacy, not what you associate with competition conquerors.”
Anthony Tommasini – The New York Times, July 29, 2011 – Daniil Trifonov’s recital debut in New York
“Every note he touched was pure gold… Compelling, radiant, every gesture in the music lovingly communicated, directly and with perfect naturalness, artfully but without artifice.”
Timothy Gilligan – New York Concert Review Inc., July 2011 – Daniil Trifonov’s recital debut in New York