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Daniil Trifonov Returns to Cleveland & Philadelphia Orchestras, NY & LA Philharmonics, Chicago Symphony, Carnegie Hall & More in 2023-24

(September 2023) — Grammy-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov undertakes major engagements on three continents this season. In North America, he performs Brahms’s First Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra; Brahms’s Second with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony; Schumann’s Concerto with the New York Philharmonic; Gershwin’s F-major Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Mason Bates’s Concerto, a work written for the pianist, with the Chicago Symphony; Mozart’s “Jeunehomme” at DC’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Carnegie Hall and other U.S. venues with the Rotterdam Philharmonic; and a solo recital program of Rameau, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven in Boston, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, St. Paul and at Carnegie Hall. No less active in Europe and beyond, he collaborates with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and Israel Philharmonic; gives recitals of his new solo program in Vienna, Munich, Barcelona, Madrid, Venice and Milan; and embarks on a pair of high-profile tours, playing Rachmaninov concertos with the Philadelphia Orchestra and duo sonatas by Prokofiev, Debussy and Rachmaninov with cellist Gautier Capuçon. A recent Musical America “Artist of the Year,” Trifonov is, as The Times of London writes, “without question the most astounding young pianist of our age.”

Concertos by composers from Mozart to Mason Bates

Two years ago, when Trifonov performed Brahms’s First Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, the Boston Globe reported:

“Trifonov [is] a pianist whose playing weds a probing and thoughtful poetic sensibility with more traditional, steel-tipped Russian firepower. Both sides of his musical personality were given ample expression on Saturday in a performance that was fiercely committed from the very start of the incisive and deeply felt opening movement. Quieter passagework rippled like wind on water. Even the passing thunderstorms could not interrupt Trifonov’s intensity of focus all the way through the finale, which surged with both corruscatingly brilliant virtuosity and a more raw variety of primal energy.”

Over the coming months, the pianist performs the concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra led by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst (Sep 28 & Oct 1) and the Toronto Symphony under Gustavo Gimeno (Jan 10–13). He also joins the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and its Music Director, Lahav Shani for accounts of the great late-Romantic composer’s Second Piano Concerto (Oct 20–24), which he subsequently reprises with both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Susanna Mälkki (Feb 23–25) and the Atlanta Symphony under Nathalie Stutzmann (May 30–June 1).

Trifonov’s reading of Schumann’s sole Piano Concerto has been called “vigorous and compelling” (New York Classical Review). He gives his only 2023-24 performances of the work in fall concerts with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the New York Philharmonic (Oct 11–14), with which he enjoys a long history, having headlined complete Rachmaninov concerto cycles at the orchestra’s 2015 Rachmaninov Festival, launched its 2018-19 season, and served as its 2019-20 Artist-in-Residence.

Figuring prominently in the pianist’s 2023-24 programming is Gershwin’s F-major Piano Concerto. Having offered Aspen audiences an “absolutely mesmerizing” (Seen and Heard International) preview of his interpretation of the work this past summer, now Trifonov performs it in season-opening concerts with Michigan’s Grand Rapids Symphony (Sep 15 & 16); in Hamburg, Cologne and Munich with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (May 13–16); with the New Jersey Symphony (June 6–9); and in fall appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and its Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Oct 6–8).

Shortly after the Philadelphia concerts, Trifonov performs Rachmaninov’s Fourth Piano Concerto with the Strasbourg Philharmonic and Aziz Shokhakimov (Nov 9 & 10), after reuniting with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Nézet-Séguin for accounts of the same concerto, as well as the Russian composer’s Paganini Rhapsody, on a European tour of Luxembourg, Paris, Hamburg and Baden-Baden (Oct 27–Nov 4). Recorded with the same forces, the pianist’s three-volume Rachmaninov concerto series was recognized with two Grammy nominations and BBC Music’s Concerto Recording of the Year, prompting the Philadelphia Inquirer to note his “solid relationship” with the orchestra, and Gramophone magazine to observe: “Trifonov and Nézet-Séguin do seem genuinely to be a meeting of musical minds.”

It was also with Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra that Trifonov premiered the Piano Concerto written for him by Grammy-winning American composer Mason Bates. “Stunning. Staggering. Stupendous,” marveled Bachtrack, which declared: “Seldom have composer and artist been so suited to each other.” Late next spring, after an account of the work with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (Feb 3), Trifonov reprises the concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Israeli conductot Lahav Shani (June 20–23).

The Chicago concerts mark the pianist’s second spring collaboration with Shani, under whose baton he also embarks on a U.S. tour with the conductor’s Rotterdam Philharmonic (March 3–11). After playing Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto in Sarasota, FL (March 3) they perform Mozart’s “Jeunehomme” Concerto in three more Florida cities (March 4–7) and then at New York’s Carnegie Hall (March 9) and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC (March 11). To complete his concert lineup, Trifonov joins Klaus Mäkelä and France’s Orchestre de Paris for performances of Chopin’s First Piano Concerto (Jan 24 & 25).

Solo & duo recital tours

Earlier in the season, Trifonov appears at Carnegie Hall as a highpoint of his upcoming transatlantic solo recital tour. As well as key destinations in Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain (Nov 29–Jan 31), this takes him to Boston (Nov 15), Santa Barbara (Nov 17), San Francisco (Nov 19), New York (Dec 12), Dallas (March 18), Houston (March 22) and St. Paul (March 24), with a program of Rameau’s Suite in A minor, Mozart’s Twelfth Piano Sonata, Mendelssohn’s Variations sérieuses and Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata. It was after one of the pianist’s numerous previous sold-out Carnegie recitals that the New York Times hailed him as “one of the most awesome pianists of our time.”

A dedicated chamber musician, Trifonov rounds out his 2023-24 programming with sonatas for cello and piano by Debussy, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, performed with eminent cellist Gautier Capuçon on a high-profile, seven-city European tour (Feb 5–12). Like Trifonov, the cellist is a regular summer resident at Switzerland’s Verbier Festival, and is one of the artists featured on the pianist’s 2022 Deutsche Grammophon release, Daniil Trifonov: Chamber Music.

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Daniil Trifonov: 2023-24 engagement
Sep 15 & 16
Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Symphony / Marcelo Lehninger
Opening Night
GERSHWIN: Piano Concerto in F

Sep 28 & Oct 1
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1

Oct 6–8
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin
GERSHWIN: Piano Concerto in F

Oct 11–14
New York, NY
New York Philharmonic / Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto

Oct 20–24
Tel Aviv, Israel
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra / Lahav Shani
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2

Oct 27–Nov 4: European tour with Philadelphia Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Oct 27 & 28: Luxembourg

Oct 29 & 30: Paris, France

Nov 1 & 2: Hamburg, Germany

Nov 3 & 4: Baden-Baden, Germany
RACHMANINOV: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Luxembourg, Hamburg)
RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 4 (Paris, Baden-Baden)

Nov 9 & 10
Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg Philharmonic / Aziz Shokhakimov
RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 4

Nov 15–19: U.S. solo recital tour

Nov 15: Boston, MA (Celebrity Series)

Nov 17: Santa Barbara, CA (UC Santa Barbara)

Nov 19: San Francisco, CA (Davies Hall)
RAMEAU: Suite in A minor
MOZART: Piano Sonata No. 12 (K. 332)
MENDELSSOHN: Variations sérieuses
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 29 (“Hammerklavier”)

Nov 29–Dec 6: European solo recitals

Nov 29: Barcelona, Spain (Palau de la Música Catalana)

Nov 30: Madrid, Spain (Fundación Scherzo)

Dec 4: Vienna, Austria (Konzerthaus)

Dec 6: Munich, Germany (Isarphilharmonie)
RAMEAU: Suite in A minor
MOZART: Piano Sonata No. 12 (K. 332)
MENDELSSOHN: Variations sérieuses
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 29 (“Hammerklavier”)

Dec 2
Elmau, Germany
Schloss Elmau
Solo recital
Program TBA

Dec 12
New York, NY
Carnegie Hall
Solo recital
RAMEAU: Suite in A minor
MOZART: Piano Sonata No. 12 (K. 332)
MENDELSSOHN: Variations sérieuses
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 29 (“Hammerklavier”)

Jan 10–13
Toronto, Canada
Toronto Symphony Orchestra / Gustavo Gimeno
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1

Jan 24 & 25
Paris, France
Orchestre de Paris / Klaus Mäkelä
CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 1

Jan 27–31: solo recitals in Italy

Jan 27: Venice, Italy (Teatro Malibran)

Jan 29: Ferrara, Italy (Teatro Comunale di Ferrara)

Jan 31: Milan, Italy (La Scala)
RAMEAU: Suite in A minor
MOZART: Piano Sonata No. 12 (K. 332)
MENDELSSOHN: Variations sérieuses
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 29 (“Hammerklavier”)

Feb 3
Berlin, Germany
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Ruth Reinhardt
Mason BATES: Piano Concerto

Feb 5–12: European duo recital tour with Gautier Capuçon, cello

Feb 5: Elmau, Germany (Schloss Elmau)

Feb 6: Berlin, Germany (Philharmonie)

Feb 7: Brussels, Belgium (Flagey)

Feb 8: Bordeaux, France (L’Auditorium)

Feb 10: Paris, France (Philharmonie)

Feb 11: Dresden, Germany (Kulturpalast)

Feb 12: Vienna, Austria (Musikverein)
DEBUSSY: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
PROKOFIEV: Sonata for Cello and Piano in C
RACHMANINOV: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor

Feb 23–25
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Susanna Mälkki
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2

March 3–11: U.S. tour with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra / Lahav Shani

March 3: Sarasota, FL

March 4: West Palm Beach, FL

March 6: Orlando, FL

March 7: Miami, FL

March 9: New York, NY (Carnegie Hall)

March 11: Washington, DC (Kennedy Center)
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Sarasota only)
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 9, “Jeunehomme” (except in Sarasota)

March 18–24: U.S. solo recital tour

March 18: Dallas, TX

March 22: Houston, TX

March 24: St. Paul, MN (Chopin Society)
Solo recital
RAMEAU: Suite in A minor
MOZART: Piano Sonata No. 12 (K. 332)
MENDELSSOHN: Variations sérieuses
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 29 (“Hammerklavier”)

May 9–16: concerts & German tour with Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Roma / Jakub Hrůša

May 9–11: Rome, Italy

May 13: Hamburg, Germany

May 14: Berlin, Germany

May 15: Cologne, Germany (Philharmonie)

May 16: Munich, Germany
Mason BATES: Piano Concerto (Rome & Berlin only)
GERSHWIN: Piano Concerto in F (Hamburg, Cologne & Munich only)

May 30–June 1
Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra / Nathalie Stutzmann
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2

June 6–9
Newark, NJ
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra / Xian Zhang
GERSHWIN: Piano Concerto in F

June 20–23
Chicago, IL
Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Lahav Shani
Mason BATES: Piano Concerto

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