January 29, 2018

It was announced at last night’s 60th annual Grammy Awards ceremony that celebrated Russian pianist and 2016 Gramophone Artist of the Year Daniil Trifonov – “without question the most astounding young pianist of our age” (The Times of London) – scored his first Grammy Award, winning in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category for Transcendental. The album is Trifonov’s third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, and marks the first time the label has ever recorded Liszt’s complete concert etudes. Both the pianist’s previous albums were nominated for Grammy Awards, and his inaugural release, Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital, won an ECHO Klassik Award. That album also featured music of Liszt: the famously ahead-of-its-time Sonata in B minor. As the Washington Post declared after a performance of that piece in 2013, under the headline “At Kennedy Center, Daniil Trifonov proves himself an heir to Liszt”:

“We can’t actually know what Liszt sounded like, but we do know he was a virtuoso, and he mesmerized his listeners, and people found something distinctive and other-worldly and spiritual about him. All those things hold true of Trifonov, as well, though they add up to a pretty pale description of playing that can only be described as a visceral experience. Hearing Trifonov is like having a deep-tissue massage: You keep wanting to pull away from the sheer intensity of it, and you come out feeling as if your reality had been slightly altered. His recital Saturday afternoon at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater … was a knockout.”

Trifonov has chosen to devote much of his 2017-18 season to a long-term exploration of Chopin. In October he released Chopin: Evocations on Deutsche Grammophon, juxtaposing Chopin’s compositions with works by 20th-century composers who were influenced by him, and a host of recitals on the same theme have taken the Russian pianist across the U.S., Europe and Asia, with four yet to be performed this spring. Over the course of the season he has also curated a “Perspectives” series at Carnegie Hall, to which he returns in April for two all-Chopin concerts with the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra, before they embark on a European tour together featuring Trifonov’s own Double Concerto for violin, piano and orchestra. His final Carnegie Hall appearance of the season is a solo recital comprising seminal works from each decade of the 20th century. Rounding out Trifonov’s season are tours of Germany and the U.S. with his teacher and mentor, pianist Sergei Babayan; Prokofiev with the Cleveland Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas; Rachmaninoff with Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco Symphony; Scriabin with the Seattle Symphony under Ludovic Morlot; two Rachmaninoff Concertos to be recorded live with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; European tours with the London Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; and much more.

A video of Trifonov playing Liszt’s Transcendental Etude No. 4 is available here, his music video for Chopin’s Fantasie-Impromptu In C-sharp minor is available here, and his Chopin performance in an NPR Tiny Desk concert, recorded last November, can be accessed here.

More information about Daniil Trifonov’s upcoming engagements can be found below, and further details are available on his website.

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Daniil Trifonov: Winter/Spring engagements

Feb 1

Toronto, Canada

The Royal Conservatory

Koerner Hall

MOMPOU: Variations on a theme of Chopin

RACHMANINOFF: Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op. 22

CHOPIN: Two Mazurkas

CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35

Feb 4

Princeton, NJ

McCarter Theatre Center

Works by SCHUMANN, BERG, and WOLF

With Matthias Goerne, baritone

Feb 6

New York, NY

Carnegie Hall

BERG: Four Songs, Op. 2

SCHUMANN: Dichterliebe

WOLF: Three Poems of Michelangelo

SHOSTAKOVICH: Selections from Suite, Op. 145: “Dante,” “Death,” “Night”

BRAHMS: Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121

With: Matthias Goerne, baritone

Feb 10

Leipzig, Germany

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

MOMPOU: Variations on a theme of Chopin

RACHMANINOFF: Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op. 22

CHOPIN: Two Mazurkas

CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35

Feb 12

Geneva, Switzerland

Victoria Hall

MOMPOU: Variations on a theme of Chopin

SCHUMANN: “Chopin” from Carnaval, Op. 9

GRIEG: Study, Op. 73, No. 5, “Hommage à Chopin”

BARBER: Nocturne, Op. 33

TCHAIKOVSKY: Un poco di Chopin, Op. 72, No. 15

RACHMANINOFF: Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op. 22

CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35

Feb 14

Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany

MOMPOU: Variations on a theme of Chopin

SCHUMANN: “Chopin” from Carnaval, Op. 9

GRIEG: Study, Op. 73, No. 5, “Hommage à Chopin”

BARBER: Nocturne, Op. 33

TCHAIKOVSKY: Un poco di Chopin, Op. 72, No. 15

RACHMANINOFF: Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op. 22

CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35

Feb 16

Vienna, Austria

Wiener Konzerthaus

BERG: Four Songs, Op. 2

SCHUMANN: Dichterliebe

WOLF: Three Poems of Michelangelo

SHOSTAKOVICH: Selections from Suite, Op. 145: “Dante,” “Death,” “Night”

BRAHMS: Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121

With: Matthias Goerne, baritone

Feb 18 & 19

Vienna, Austria

Wiener Konzerthaus

Wiener Symphoniker / Lahav Shani

SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Feb 21

Essen, Germany

Philharmonie Essen

Recital with Sergei Babayan

SCHUMANN: Andante and Variations in B-flat, Op. 46

STRAVINSKY: Le sacre du printemps for two pianos
RACHMANINOFF: Suite No. 1 (“Fantaisie-Tableaux”) for Two Pianos, Op. 5

RACHMANINOFF: Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17

Feb 22

Berlin, Germany

Pierre Boulez Hall

Recital with Sergei Babayan

SCHUMANN: Andante and Variations in B-flat, Op. 46

STRAVINSKY: Le sacre du printemps for two pianos
RACHMANINOFF: Suite No. 1 (“Fantaisie-Tableaux”) for Two Pianos, Op. 5

RACHMANINOFF: Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17

Feb 25

Los Angeles, CA

Disney Concert Hall

Recital with Sergei Babayan

RACHMANINOFF: Suite No. 1 (“Fantaisie-Tableaux”) for Two Pianos, Op. 5

RACHMANINOFF: Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17

MAURO LANZA: New Work for Two Pianos

RAVEL: Rapsodie espagnole

Feb 27

San Francisco, CA

Davies Symphony Hall

Recital with Sergei Babayan

SCHUMANN: Andante and Variations in B-flat, Op. 46

MAURO LANZA: New Work for Two Pianos (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

SCHUBERT: Fantasie in F minor for Piano Four Hands, D. 940

RACHMANINOFF: Suite No. 1 (“Fantaisie-Tableaux”) for Two Pianos, Op. 5

RACHMANINOFF: Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17

March 1

New York, NY

Carnegie Hall

Recital with Sergei Babayan

SCHUMANN: Andante and Variations in B-flat, Op. 46

PÄRT: Pari intervallo

SCHUBERT: Fantasie in F minor for Piano Four Hands, D. 940

RACHMANINOFF: Suite No. 1 (“Fantaisie-Tableaux”) for Two Pianos, Op. 5

RACHMANINOFF: Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17

March 3

Boston, MA

NEC’s Jordan Hall

Recital with Sergei Babayan

SCHUMANN: Andante and Variations in B-flat, Op. 46

PÄRT: Pari intervallo

SCHUBERT: Fantasie in F minor for Piano Four Hands, D. 940

RACHMANINOFF: Suite No. 1 (“Fantaisie-Tableaux”) for Two Pianos, Op. 5

RACHMANINOFF: Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17

March 8-10

Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Orchestra / Michael Tilson Thomas

PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 2

March 13

Düsseldorf, Germany

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski

TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1

March 14

Hamburg, Germany

Elbphilharmonie

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski

TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1

March 15

Frankfurt, Germany

Alte Oper

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski

TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1

March 16

Munich, Germany

München Philharmonie im Gasteig

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski

TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1

March 17

London, UK

Royal Albert Hall

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski

TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1

March 22-28

Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

March 29

Katowice, Poland

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

March 31

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Festival

April 3

Warsaw, Poland

New Philharmonic Hall

April 12-15

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin

RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concertos No. 2 & 3

April 19, 21

Seattle, WA

Seattle Symphony Orchestra / Ludovic Morlot

SCRIABIN: Piano Concerto

April 25

New York, NY

Carnegie Hall

ALL-CHOPIN PROGRAM

Variations on “Là ci darem la mano” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni (arr. Andrei Pushkarev)

Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 8

Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4 (arr. Victor Kissine)

Piano Concerto No. 1 (arr. Yevgeny Sharlat)

With Kremerata Baltica; Gidon Kremer, violin; Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė, cello

April 26

New York, NY

Carnegie Hall

ALL-CHOPIN PROGRAM

Introduction and Polonaise brillante, Op. 3

Cello Sonata in G minor

Nocturne in E, Op. 62, No. 2 (arr. Victor Kissine)

Piano Concerto No. 2 (arr. Yevgeny Sharlat)

With Kremerata Baltica; Gautier Capuçon, cello

April 29

Kalamazoo, MI

Chenery Auditorium

The Gilmore Keyboard Festival

May 1

Santa Fe, NM

Lensic Performing Arts Center

May 4

New York, NY

Zankel Hall

Decades Recital

BERG: Piano Sonata, Op. 1

PROKOFIEV: Sarcasms, Op. 17

BARTÓK: Out of Doors

COPLAND: Piano Variations, 1930

MESSIAEN: Selections from Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

LIGETI: Selections from Musica ricercata

STOCKHAUSEN: Klavierstück I

ADAMS: China Gates

CORIGLIANO: Fantasia on an Ostinato

ADÈS: Traced Overhead

May 7, 9, 11

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Daniele Gatti

PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C

May 14-17

Tour with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Daniele Gatti

PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C

May 14: Vienna, Austria

May 15: Prague, Czech Republic

May 16: Dresden, Germany

May 17: Paris, France

May 21

Milan, Italy

Teatro all Scala di Milano

May 23

Genoa, Italy

Teatro Carlo Fenice

May 25

Brescia, Italy

Festival Pianistico di Brescia e Bergamo

May 27

Istanbul, Turkey

Filarmonica della Scala

May 30

Aarhus, Denmark

TRIFONOV: Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra

With Kremerata Baltica; Gidon Kremer, violin

June 1

Basel, Switzerland

SCHUMANN: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105

TRIFONOV: Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra

With Kremerata Baltica; Gidon Kremer, violin

June 2

Stuttgart, Germany

TRIFONOV: Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra

With Kremerata Baltica; Gidon Kremer, violin

June 3

Frankfurt, Germany

TRIFONOV: Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra

With Kremerata Baltica; Gidon Kremer, violin

June 4

Bochum, Germany

TRIFONOV: Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra

With Kremerata Baltica; Gidon Kremer, violin

June 6

Hamburg, Germany

TRIFONOV: Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra

With Kremerata Baltica; Gidon Kremer, violin

June 11

St. Petersburg, Russia

June 13

Moscow, Russia

June 16

Toronto, ON, Canada

Toronto Symphony Orchestra / Peter Oundjian

RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

June 19-24

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas

RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

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