Daniil Trifonov

“He has everything and more … tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that.” - Martha Argerich
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Grammy Award-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov (dan-EEL TREE-fon-ov) is 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. He won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo Album of 2018 with Transcendental, the Liszt collection that marked his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist.

Trifonov undertakes major engagements on three continents in the 2023-24 season. He performs Brahms’s First Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra; Brahms’s Second with the Los Angeles and Israel Philharmonics; Schumann’s Concerto with the New York Philharmonic; Mozart’s “Jeunehomme” at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and others with the Rotterdam Philharmonic; Chopin’s First with the Orchestre de Paris; Mason Bates’s Concerto, a work composed for the pianist, with the Chicago Symphony, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; and Gershwin and Rachmaninov concertos with the Philadelphia Orchestra at home and on a European tour. In recital, he tours Europe with cellist Gautier Capuçon and takes a new solo program of Rameau, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven to cities from Vienna, Barcelona and Milan to Boston, San Francisco and New York, at Carnegie Hall.

Trifonov’s Deutsche Grammophon discography includes the Grammy-nominated live recording of his Carnegie recital debut; Chopin Evocations; Silver Age, for which he received Opus Klassik’s Instrumentalist of the Year/Piano award; the best-selling, Grammy-nominated double album Bach: The Art of Life; and three volumes of Rachmaninov works with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, of which two received Grammy nominations and the third won BBC Music’s 2019 Concerto Recording of the Year. Named Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year and Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year, Trifonov was made a “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French government in 2021.

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 studied with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music.