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The Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, who was born in 1991 in Nizhny Novgorod, began learning piano at the age of five. In 2000, he enrolled in a course of study with Tatiana Zelikman at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow, transferring to Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2009. In 2011 Trifonov won the Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv and was subsequently a victor at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, where he took both first prize and the Grand Prix. Valery Gergiev, chairman of the jury for the Tchaikovsky Competition, immediately invited him to perform in concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Trifo-nov has been a regular guest with the most acclaimed international orchestras ever since, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, and the Filarmonica della Scala. In the 2017-18 season, he presented his Chopin Evocations project, which he has also recorded, in 20 recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He curated a seven-part “Perspectives” series at Carnegie Hall in New York and also appeared in five concerts at the Konzerthaus in Vienna. In the fall of 2018, he will perform Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic and Prokofiev’s Third with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Daniil Trifonov is also a composer. In 2014, he presented his First Piano Concerto in Cleveland, which he has performed in recent months in New York and Detroit. Trifonov won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and was named Gramophone magazine’s Artist of the Year in 2016, and in 2017 he received the Karajan Music Award.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 21 November 2012 performing Scriabin’s Second Piano Sonata, Liszt’s B minor Sonata, and the Préludes of Chopin.