“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.”
Daniil Trifonov was born in Nizhniy Novgorod in 1991 and began his musical studies at the age of five. He studied at Moscow Gnesin School of Music in the class of Tatiana Zelikman (2000-2009). Since 2009, he has studied piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the class of Sergei Babayan.
Trifonov’s reputation for outstanding performances, musical insight and expressive intensity has already surpassed the attention he received during the 2010-2011 season when he won medals at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw (3rd Prize), the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv (1st Prize) and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1st Prize and Grand Prix, an additional honour bestowed on the best overall competitor in any category). In 2013, he was also awarded the prestigious Franco Abbiati Prize “For the best instrumental soloist”. In 2016, he was the Artist of the Year at the Gramophone Awards, and was also awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Award in the Instrumentalist category.
In 2017-2018 he is performing throughout Germany with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, as well as touring with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Daniele Gatti, to include performances in Vienna, Prague, Dresden and Paris. Daniil Trifonov is a noted chamber musician and performs regularly with artists including Nicholas Angelich, Sergei Babayan, Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Yuri Bashmet, Vilde Frang, and the Pavel Haas Quartet.
In February 2013, Deutsche Grammophon announced the signing of an exclusive recording agreement with Daniil Trifonov. His first recording as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artists (Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital) won a Grammy Award nomination. His latest release, Transcendental, was awarded the ECHO Klassik 2017 award “For the best solo recording for piano music written in the 19th century”. His discography also includes a recording of Rachmaninoff’s works with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Nézet-Séguin, as well as Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto No.1 with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, released on the Mariinsky label in 2012. His first CD was released on Decca in 2011, featuring a selection of Chopin solo works.
Information for June 2018