Daniil Trifonov


The Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, who was born in 1991 in Nizhny Novgorod, began piano lessons at the age of five. In 2000 he started training under Tatiana Zelikman at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow, transferring to study with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2009. In 2011 Trifonov won the Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv before becoming the victor at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, where he took both first prize and the Grand Prix. Valery Gergiev, Chairman of the Jury of the Tchaikovsky Competition, immediately invited him to perform with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Since then Trifonov has been a regular guest artist with the world’s most acclaimed orchestras. In the 2016-17 season he was a “Capell-Virtuos” with the Staatskapelle Dresden and also appeared with that ensemble at the Salzburg Easter Festival and on a European tour including stops in Madrid, Paris, and Vienna. He has concertized with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Berlin and Munich Philharmonics, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Boston and Chicago Symphonies; at the beginning of August, he played at the Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Anne-Sophie Mutter’s stage debut, he joined with the violinist for concerts at the Salzburg and Baden-Baden festivals. Daniil Trifonov is also a composer: in April 2014 he gave the world premiere of his First Piano Concerto in Cleveland. His most recent CD release, which appeared in the fall of 2016, is of Liszt’s Études d’exécution transcendante. In 2016 Trifonov received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and was named Artist of the Year by Gramophone magazine; in 2017 he won the Karajan Music Prize.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 21 November 2012 performing Scriabin’s Second Piano Sonata, Liszt’s B minor Sonata, and the Préludes of Chopin.

May 2017