Daniil Kharitonov was born in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. At the age of five he began to study piano at the Middle Special School of Music in Novosibirsk. At the age of six he entered first year at the Central School (College) of Music of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. He is currently a pupil of Valery Pyasetsky.
At the age of seven Daniil Kharitonov made his orchestral debut at the Pavel Slobodkin Theatre and Concert Hall in Moscow. At the same age, he won the Grand Prix at the Vienna International Competition and the honorary title of Mozart Wunderkind.
Daniil Kharitonov has been a prize-winner at several international competitions, one of which brought him the Golden Nutcracker award and the Special Prize from Kultura TV in 2010.
At the age of eleven the young musician was awarded an Honorary Diploma as a winner of the New Russia Orchestra Award, having performed Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto with the ensemble.
From the age of twelve, Daniil Kharitonov has frequently appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi State Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov and has been a grant-recipient of the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation.
The pianist has also appeared with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia (under Vladimir Spivakov), the Musica Viva orchestra (under Alexander Rudin), the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (under Saulius Sondeckis), the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (under Vladimir Sirenko), the Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic (under Fabio Mastrangelo) and the Mariinsky Orchestra (under Valery Gergiev).
Daniil Kharitonov has appeared at the most famous concert halls in Moscow, including the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Great, Small and Rachmaninoff Halls of the Moscow Conservatoire, the Svetlanov, Small and Theatre Halls of the Moscow House of Music, the Armoury Chamber of the Moscow Kremlin and the Hall of Columns of the House of Unions in addition to performances at prestigious venues in St Petersburg, Omsk, Perm, Novosibirsk, Nizhny Novgorod and other cities throughout Russia. In October 2013 the pianist gave a recital at the Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.
The pianist has taken part in such festivals as New Names, Moscow Greets Its Friends, Guests of Vladimir Spivakov..., Stars on Baikal, Musical Olympus, the Mariinsky International Piano Festival, Stars of the White Nights, Larisa Gergieva and Friends, Crescendo, and international festivals in Colmar and Annecy as well as the Moscow Easter Festival. He has toured to great acclaim to the USA (New York), Germany, Spain, France (Paris, Colmar, Annecy), Slovenia, Lithuania (Vilnius), Estonia (Tallinn), Latvia (Riga), Bulgaria (Sofia), Belarus (Minsk, Mogilev), Azerbaijan (Baku), Moldavia (Chişinău), Turkey, Belgium (Brussels), Switzerland (Zurich, Basel), Iceland (Reykjavik) and Ukraine (Kiev, Odessa).
March 2013 saw Kharitonov make a successful appearance at the renowned Carnegie Hall in New York. American critics highly praised the young musician’s performance.
Daniil Kharitonov has been nominated for Russia’s National Pride award. In October 2013 Daniil Kharitonov had the honour of being a torch-bearer at the Moscow Kremlin in advance of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.
The pianist’s engagements for last season included recitals at the Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre and the National State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Vladikavkaz.
In 2015 the sixteen-year-old Daniil Kharitonov was the recipient of the Grand Prix at the International Vladimir Krainev Competition and recipient of the 3rd prize at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition.