“He has everything and more ... tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that.”
“What makes him such a phenomenon is the ecstatic quality he brings to his performances. (...) Small wonder every western capital is in thrall to him.”
Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1991, Trifonov began his musical training at the age of five, and in 2000 he went on to attend the Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music as a student of Tatiana Zelikman. In 2009 he started studying with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also studied composition, and continues to write for piano, chamber ensemble and orchestra.
During the 2010–11 season Trifonov won medals at three of the music world’s most prestigious competitions, taking the 3rd prize in Warsaw’s Chopin Competition, the 1st prize in Tel Aviv’s Rubinstein Competition, and both the 1st prize and Grand Prix – an additional honour bestowed on the best overall competitor in any category – in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition.
After winning this competition, he started performing with renowned orchestras and touring all over the world. In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Instrumental Soloist by Italy’s foremost music critics, and in 2016 he was named Gramophone’s Artist of the Year.
In September 2018 Trifonov launched the New York Philharmonic’s 2018–19 season, playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major for the opening-night gala under Jaap van Zweden. Trifonov also played the same concerto as a part of his residency at Vienna’s Musikverein. In spring 2019 Trifonov embarked on a tour of Asia with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst.
This season Trifonov inaugurates his, season-long tenure as 2019–20 Artist-in-Residence of the New York Philharmonic with accounts of Scriabin’s Piano Concerto under Jaap van Zweden. The residency also sees him take part in the New York premiere of his own Piano Quintet, and rejoin the orchestra for Mozart’s 25th Piano Concerto, first in New York and then on a European tour that includes a stop at London’s Barbican. In recital this season, Trifonov tours a solo program of Bach transcriptions and The Art of Fugue to New York’s Lincoln Center, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Boston’s Celebrity Series, and destinations in Europe, besides partnering his mentor and fellow pianist Sergei Babayan at Carnegie Hall, Cornell University and Eastman School of Music.
The 2013–14 season saw the release of Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital, the pianist’s first recording as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist; captured live at his sold-out 2013 Carnegie Hall recital debut, the album scored a Grammy nomination. Besides the Grammy Award-winning Transcendental (2016), Destination Rachmaninov: Departure (2018) and the Grammy-nominated Rachmaninov: Variations (2015), Deutsche Grammophon has also issued Chopin Evocations (2017), which pairs the composer’s works with those by the 20th-century composers he influenced. Trifonov’s discography also features a Chopin album for Decca (2011) and a recording of Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra on the ensemble’s own label (2012). In October 2019 his new album Destination Rachmaninov: Arrival was released. Featuring the composer’s 1st and 3rd concertos, this is the third volume of the Deutsche Grammophon series Trifonov recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Information for October 2019
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