Daniil Trifonov

Grammy Award-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov (dan-EEL TREE-fon-ov) – Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year – has established a reputation as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of wonder to audiences and critics alike. With Transcendental, the Liszt collection that marked his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, he won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo Album of 2018. As The Times of London notes, he is “without question the most astounding pianist of our age.”

In the 2021-22 season, Trifonov releases of Bach: The Art of Life on Deutsche Grammophon, tours a recital program in Europe based on the album, and tours a different program in the U.S. He plays Brahms’s First Piano Concerto with Fabio Luisi and the Dallas Symphony, Gianandrea Noseda and Philharmonia Zurich, Xian Zhang and the New Jersey Symphony, and with Antonio Pappano and Rome’s Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia on a European tour. He also performs all five of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos in various combinations with seven different orchestras: the New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Toronto Symphony. Finally, he gives the world premiere performances of Mason Bates’s new Piano Concerto, composed for him during the pandemic, with the co-commissioning Philadelphia Orchestra; the New Jersey Symphony; the Israel Philharmonic; and the other co-commissioner, the San Francisco Symphony.

In recent seasons Trifonov served as Artist-in-Residence of the New York Philharmonic—a residency which included the New York premiere of his own Piano Quintet—and curated and performed a seven-concert, season-long Carnegie Hall “Perspectives” series, crowned by a performance of his own Piano Concerto with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. He has played solo recitals around the world since his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012-13, and his discography on Deutsche Grammophon includes a live recording of his Carnegie recital debut; Chopin Evocations; and three volumes of Rachmaninov works with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with one receiving a 2021 Grammy nomination and another named BBC Music’s 2019 Concerto Recording of the Year.

During the 2010-11 season, Trifonov won medals at three of the music world’s most prestigious competitions: Third Prize in Warsaw’s Chopin Competition, First Prize in Tel Aviv’s Rubinstein Competition, and both First Prize and Grand Prix in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition. He began his musical training at the age of five, attended Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music, and continued his piano studies with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music.