“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 went on to attend Gnessin Moscow Special 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.
During the 2010–11 season, 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 honour 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.
In September 2018 Trifonov launched the New York Philharmonic’s 2018–19 season, playing Ravel’s Concerto in G for the opening-night gala under Jaap van Zweden. Trifonov also performed Ravel at the opening of his London Symphony Orchestra Artist Portrait series with Sir Simon Rattle; he performed the same concerto as part of his residency at Vienna’s Musikverein, which also included the Austrian premiere of his own Piano Concerto. In spring 2019 Trifonov embarked on a tour of Asia with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst. During a multi-faceted, season-long residency with the Berlin Philharmonic, Trifonov plays Scriabin’s concerto under Andris Nelsons. Other orchestral highlights include performances with the MET Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, the Chicago Symphony and Marin Alsop and the Boston Symphony and Andris Nelsons.
In recital this season, Trifonov plays Beethoven, Schumann and Prokofiev on Carnegie’s mainstage and performs his own Piano Quintet in Berlin and Cincinnati. In Berlin, as well as at New York’s 92nd Street Y, he plays duo recitals with his frequent partner Matthias Goerne.
Trifonov’s first recording as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital, was released in October 2013. The disc was recorded live at his sold-out 2013 Carnegie Hall recital debut, and received a GRAMMY nomination. Besides the similarly GRAMMY-nominated Rachmaninov Variations, recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, his discography also features a Chopin album for Decca and a recording of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra on the ensemble’s own label. His album Transcendental, was awarded the ECHO KLASSIK 2017 award “For the best solo recording for piano music written in the 19th century” and won the GRAMMY Award (2018). In October 2018 Trifonov’s new recording Destination Rachmaninov: Departure with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin was released on Deutsche Grammophon.
Information for June 2019
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