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08.04.17
Asher Fisch, Christoph Eschenbach, Alexandre Tharaud, Daniil Trifonov, Isabelle Faust, Minnesota Orchestra
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ARTISTS ON THE 2017 GRAMOPHONE AWARDS SHORTLIST
Gramophone
07.15.17
Daniil Trifonov
Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Daniil Trifonov terrific at Tanglewood
MassLive
06.14.17
Daniil Trifonov
A startling display of keyboard virtuosity from Trifonov at Shriver Hall
The Baltimore Sun
04.05.17
Daniil Trifonov
Pianist Daniil Trifonov’s star continues to rise
The Washington Post
03.19.17
Sir Andrew Davis, Daniil Trifonov
MSO Plays Tchaikovsky Review: A performance full of power and emotional consistency
The Age (Melbourne)
03.16.17
Daniil Trifonov
Review: Daniil Trifonov
Classical Melbourne
01.01.17
Calidore String Quartet , Marin Alsop, James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davis, David Robertson, Robert Spano, Daniel Barenboim, Jeremy Denk, Alexandre Tharaud, Daniil Trifonov, Shai Wosner, Gil Shaham, Colin Currie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra , Staatskapelle Berlin , Cleveland Orchestra , St. Louis Symphony Orchestra , West-Eastern Divan Orchestra , The Knights , Philharmonic Orchestra , VOCES8 , Lisette Oropesa, Tamara Mumford, John Relyea, Morris Robinson, James Darrah
Best of 2016
09.21.16
Daniil Trifonov
Liszt: Transcendental Studies; Paganini Studies CD review – delicacy, dazzle and virtuosity
The Guardian
09.15.16
Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov Is Named Gramophone “Artist of the Year” 2016
Gramophone
08.03.16
Daniil Trifonov
TRANSCENDENT TRIFONOV
Deutsche Grammophon
07.07.16
Daniil Trifonov
The true heir to Horowitz and Richter
StandPoint Magazine
04.13.16
Daniil Trifonov
Following Winter Triumphs, Daniil Trifonov Embarks Upon European Tour with Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck This Spring
21C Media Group
04.10.16
Daniil Trifonov
Why Russia's New Star is One of the Greats
The Sunday Telegraph
03.04.16
Daniil Trifonov
Talking pianos with Daniil Trifonov
Deutsche Welle
02.25.16
George Li, Sergei Babayan, Daniil Trifonov
Review: In ‘Folk, Form, and Fire,’ Hosting a Party of Five for Prokofiev
New York Times
02.06.16
Daniil Trifonov
A historic performance by Daniil Trifonov at Laeiszhalle
Hamburg Abendblatt
01.26.16
Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov in Berlin: the juggler of rhythm
Klassiker - Berlin
12.18.15
Wynton Marsalis, Marin Alsop, Sir Andrew Davis, Christopher Rountree, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company , Alexandre Tharaud, Daniil Trifonov, Jennifer Koh, Gil Shaham, Philadelphia Orchestra , Storm Large, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir , VOCES8 , Christine Goerke, Nicholas Phan, New York Polyphony
End of Year 2015 'Best of' Roundup
12.07.15
Giancarlo Guerrero, David Alan Miller, Donald Runnicles, Julian Wachner, Daniil Trifonov, Cho-Liang Lin, Béla Fleck, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Munich , Nashville Symphony , Philadelphia Orchestra , Russian National Orchestra , Mariachi Los Camperos , Trinity Wall Street
2016 Grammy Nominees
Grammy.com
12.01.15
Daniil Trifonov
Pianist Daniil Trifonov Elected to New York Philharmonic Board of Directors
New York Philharmonic
11.11.15
Daniil Trifonov
Tonight (Nov 11) Marks First of Daniil Trifonov’s Twelve Headlining Appearances in “Rachmaninoff: A Philharmonic Festival”
New York Philharmonic
10.20.15
Denis Kozhukhin, Daniil Trifonov
New Russians: On the Cult of Trifonov and Discovering Kozhukhin
London Room with a View
10.11.15
Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov; Angela Hewitt; Total Immersion: Gorecki review - fireworks and finesse
The Guardian
09.27.15
Daniil Trifonov
Orchestra and Trifonov, perfect together
The Philadelphia Inquirer
09.17.15
Daniil Trifonov
Rachmaninov: Variations - Trifonov's joyous, exceptional collection
The Guardian
09.16.15
Daniil Trifonov
Pianist Daniil Trifonov more than just a set of nimble fingers
Trib Live
08.31.15
Daniil Trifonov
Norman Lebrecht Album of the Week
Sinfini Music
08.27.15
Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov's 'Rachmaninov Variations' Out August 28, 2015
Deutsche Grammophon
08.17.15
Daniil Trifonov
Review: Trifonov's 'Rachmaninov Variations'
Gramophone
08.05.15
Daniil Trifonov
Trifonov's Tribute to the Last of the Romantics
Deutsche Grammophon
07.30.15
Sergei Babayan, Daniil Trifonov
Prom 14, Royal Albert Hall, review: Valery Gergiev's Prokofiev splurge has highs and lows
The Independent
07.29.15
Sergei Babayan, Daniil Trifonov
Prom 14: Prokofiev Piano Concertos
The Arts Desk
07.27.15
Daniil Trifonov
Here's your Prom date: Russia's new piano dynamo
The London Times
05.27.15
Daniil Trifonov
Album Review: Trifonov Live
International Piano Magazine
04.14.15
Daniil Trifonov
Pianist Daniil Trifonov rocks Soka with Liszt
Orange County Register
03.14.15
Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov dazzling in solo piano concert in Boston
Mass Live
01.18.15
Daniil Trifonov, Gidon Kremer
Kremer and Trifonov Deliver Rewards with Challenging Program
San Francisco Classical Voice
12.05.14
Sir Andrew Davis, Giancarlo Guerrero, David Robertson, Robert Spano, Daniil Trifonov, Jennifer Koh, Gidon Kremer, Mason Bates, Rosanne Cash, Julianna Di Giacomo, Tamara Mumford, New York Polyphony
2015 GRAMMY NOMINEES
Grammy.com
12.04.14
Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov performs at Carnegie Hall Dec. 9, 2014
Carnegie Hall
10.30.14
Daniil Trifonov
Review: Daniil Trifonov at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Manchester Evening News
10.01.14
Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov review – a hugely imaginative musical mind
The Guardian
04.24.14
Daniil Trifonov
New piano concerto by CIM student Daniil Trifonov comes to life in staggering premiere by the composer (review)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
04.03.14
Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov Dazzles with Recent U.S. Tour, New DG Album, and Italy’s Abbiati Prize
03.07.14
Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov: A pianist ahead of his time
The Washington Post
02.20.14
Daniil Trifonov
Minnesota Orchestra review: Young pianist a storm on stage
Pioneer Press
02.11.14
Daniil Trifonov
Trifonov triumphs in downtown debut recital
Chicago Tribune
02.10.14
Daniil Trifonov
Trifonov shows artistry of the first order in Chicago debut
Chicago Classical Review
02.07.14
Daniil Trifonov
Infusing Études With a Kaleidoscope of Flavors
The New York Times
11.21.13
Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov, The Carnegie Recital, review
The Telegraph
10.16.13
Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov's Carnegie Recital
Sinfini Music
10.09.13
Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov, Wigmore Hall, London – review
Financial Times
08.20.13
Daniil Trifonov
Trifonov electrifies at SummerFest
U~T San Diego
04.19.13
Daniil Trifonov
Pianist Daniil Trifonov, Nashville Symphony shine in Mozart’s masterpiece
ArtsNash
04.14.13
Daniil Trifonov
Concert review: Pianist Daniil Trifonov’s spectacular Toronto début at Koerner Hall
Musical Toronto
04.07.13
Daniil Trifonov
He Rachs It
TheaterJones
04.06.13
Daniil Trifonov
Young Russian pianist puts on bravura performance with Fort Worth Symphony
Star-Telegram
02.05.13
Daniil Trifonov
Young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov conquers Twin Cities
Minnesota Public Radio
02.04.13
Daniil Trifonov
DANIIL TRIFONOV SIGNS TO DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON
Deutsche Grammophon
11.15.12
Daniil Trifonov
‘Rite of Spring’ and a young piano sensation sparkle in CSO concert ablaze with surprises
Chicago On the Aisle
11.15.12
Daniil Trifonov
Young Russian virtuoso’s flying fingers wow crowd at CSO debut
Chicago Tribune
11.15.12
Daniil Trifonov
Young Russian brings fresh illumination to Tchaikovsky with CSO
Chicago Classical Review
11.09.12
Giancarlo Guerrero, Daniil Trifonov
A pianist’s spectacular debut and a colorful new score highlight BSO program
Boston Classical Review
10.08.12
Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov salutes his musical ancestry
Boston Globe
10.01.12
Daniil Trifonov
A Young Virtuoso Makes His Philharmonic Debut
The New York Times
09.18.12
Daniil Trifonov
Trifonov's Triumph: Tchaikovsky, Twice Over
NPR's Deceptive Cadence
08.25.12
Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov Queen's Hall
Herald Scotland
08.06.12
Daniil Trifonov
Pianist Daniil Trifonov works with passion and artistry in Cleveland Orchestra concert
Cleveland Plain Dealer
08.03.12
Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov’s revelatory piano recital outclasses the more ear-battering offerings at Verbier
Financial Times
06.02.12
Daniil Trifonov
International competition winner Daniil Trifonov shows sensitive side in concert presented by Cleveland International Piano Competition
Cleveland Plain Dealer
03.19.12
Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov at the Wigmore Hall
The Independent
02.21.12
Daniil Trifonov
Review: Daniil Trifonov at the Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga
San Francisco Examiner
02.18.12
Daniil Trifonov
Trifonov Trips the Light, Fantastically
San Francisco Classical Voice
01.13.12
Daniil Trifonov
Wiener Philharmoniker in Köln
General-Anzeiger
12.01.11
Daniil Trifonov
Multiple competition winner Daniil Trifonov exudes joy of music-making in Cleveland recital
Cleveland Plain Dealer
10.09.11
Daniil Trifonov
Pianist Daniil Trifonov’s playing is freakishly brilliant
Washington Post
09.22.11
Daniil Trifonov
Tchaikovsky Competition Winners, LSO/Gergiev, Barbican
The Independent
09.11.11
Marin Alsop, Robert Spano, Daniil Trifonov, Gidon Kremer, Brooklyn Rider , Ian Bostridge, Nicholas Phan, Morris Robinson
20 Concerts To Hear This Fall
WQXR
08.01.11
Daniil Trifonov, International Tchaikovsky Competition
Of Piano Competitions and Trampolines
Musical America
07.29.11
Daniil Trifonov, International Tchaikovsky Competition
A Pianist’s Pensive and Fanciful Sides
The New York Times
07.06.11
Daniil Trifonov, International Tchaikovsky Competition
DANIIL TRIFONOV WINS GRAND PRIX AT XIV INTERNATIONAL TCHAIKOVSKY COMPETITION
07.04.11
Daniil Trifonov, International Tchaikovsky Competition
The titanic Tchaikovsky test
The Times

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov (dan-EEL TREE-fon-ov) - winner of Gramophone's 2016 Artist of the Year award - has made a spectacular ascent in the world of classical music as a solo artist, a champion of the concerto repertoire, a collaborator at the keyboard in chamber music and song, and a composer. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe. The Times (UK) calls Trifonov "without question the most astounding pianist of our age." 

Focusing on Chopin in the 2017-18 season, Trifonov releases Chopin: Evocation, his fourth album as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, which includes both works by Chopin himself and, marking Trifonov's first foray into a new repertoire, works of 20th-century composers who were greatly influenced by the Polish master, including Samuel Barber, Federico Mompou and others.

The pianist gives over 20 recitals on the same theme across the U.S., Europe and Asia this season, including one in Carnegie Hall as part of a seven-concert, season-long Perspectives series which he curates. Three of the seven concerts are devoted to Chopin and his influence: the solo recital and two all-Chopin programs with cellist Gautier Capuçon and the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra. Further concerts in the series include collaborations with baritone Matthias Goerne and Trifonov's teacher and mentor Sergei Babayan, the latter capping a U.S. tour that includes the world premiere of a Carnegie-commissioned work for two pianos by Mauro Lanza; a performance of his own piano concerto with Valery Gergiev leading the Mariinsky Orchestra, again culminating a U.S. tour; and a solo recital in Zankel Hall that includes a seminal piece from each decade of the 20th century. Trifonov curates a similar series this season at the Vienna Konzerthaus, where he gives five performances, and in San Francisco, concluding with a season-closing Rachmaninoff performance with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson-Thomas.

Other season highlights include an Asian tour in the fall, and European tours with violinist Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica, the London Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra. Further orchestral appearances include Strauss's Burleske with the Spanish National Orchestra and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; the Schumann Concerto with Lisbon's Gulbenkian Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic; Prokofiev with the Mariinsky Orchestra led by Gergiev, and the Cleveland Orchestra led by Michael Tilson Thomas; Scriabin's Piano Concerto with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot; a performance of his own piano concerto with the Detroit Symphony; and Rachmaninoff performances with Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony led by Peter Oundjian, and the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. 

It was during the 2010-11 season that Trifonov won medals at three of the music world's most prestigious competitions, taking Third Prize in Warsaw's Chopin Competition, First Prize in Tel Aviv's Rubinstein Competition, and both First Prize and Grand Prix - an additional honor bestowed on the best overall competitor in any category - in Moscow's Tchaikovsky Competition. In 2013 he was also awarded the prestigious Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Instrumental Soloist by Italy's foremost music critics.

Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1991, Trifonov began his musical training at the age of five, and went on to attend Moscow's Gnessin School of Music as a student of Tatiana Zelikman, before pursuing his piano studies with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also studied composition, and continues to write for piano, chamber ensemble, and orchestra. When he premiered his own piano concerto in 2013, the Cleveland Plain Dealer marveled: "Even having seen it, one cannot quite believe it. Such is the artistry of pianist-composer Daniil Trifonov."

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