Performance Friday, January 23, 2015 | 8 PM

Gidon Kremer
Daniil Trifonov

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Violin legend Gidon Kremer and the exciting young pianist Daniil Trifonov perform music that spans 18th-century Vienna to the 20th-century Soviet Union. Mozart’s E-flat Sonata features an exciting Rondo finale with variations. Schubert’s deceptively simple Fantasy in C Major also has variations—a virtuoso set on his song “Sei mir gegrüsst” (“I greet you”). The music of Polish-born Soviet composer Weinberg shares common ground with that of his friend and mentor Shostakovich, yet maintains its own original voice—particularly in its use of Jewish folk-like themes. Gidon Kremer, a champion of Weinberg’s music, brings tremendous flair and feeling to two of the composer’s violin works.


  • Gidon Kremer, Violin
  • Daniil Trifonov, Piano


  • MOZART Fantasy for Solo Piano, K. 397
  • WEINBERG Violin Sonata No. 5, Op. 53
  • MOZART Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, K. 481
  • WEINBERG Solo Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 126
  • SCHUBERT Fantasy in C Major, D. 934

  • Encores:
  • MOZART Violin Sonata in C Major, K. 404
  • GIYA KANCHELI "Rag-Gidon-Time"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two and one-half hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Gidon Kremer  

    Of all the world's leading violinists, Gidon Kremer has perhaps had the most unconventional career. Born in Riga, Latvia, he began studying at the age of four with his father and grandfather, both distinguished string players. Later success in numerous international competitions launched Mr. Kremer's distinguished career, in the course of which he has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation.

    Mr. Kremer's repertoire is unusually extensive, encompassing all of the standard Classical and Romantic violin works, as well as music by 20th- and 21st-century masters such as Henze, Berg, and Stockhausen. He has championed the works of living Russian and Eastern European composers and performed many important new compositions, several of which were dedicated to him. His career has become associated with such diverse composers as Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, Sofia Gubaidulina, Valentin Silvestrov, Luigi Nono, Aribert Reimann, Pēteris Vasks, John Adams, Victor Kissine, Michael Nyman, Philip Glass, Leonid Desyatnikov, and Astor Piazzolla. It would be fair to say that no other soloist of his international stature has done as much for contemporary composers in the past 30 years.

    An exceptionally prolific recording artist, Mr. Kremer has made more than 120 albums, many of which have garnered prestigious international awards and prizes. These include the Grand Prix du Disque, Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, Bundesverdienstkreuz, International Accademia Musicale Chigiana Prize, Triumph Prize 2000 (Moscow), UNESCO Prize, Saeculum-Glashütte Original-Musikfestspielpreis Dresden, Rolf Schock Prize, 2010 Life Achievement Prize of the Istanbul Music Festival, and the 2011 "Una Vita Nella Musica-Artur Rubinstein" Prize (Venice).

    In 1997, Mr. Kremer founded Kremerata Baltica to foster outstanding young musicians from the three Baltic states. Since then, he has toured extensively with the orchestra, performing at the world's most prestigious festivals and concert halls. He has also recorded almost 25 CDs with the orchestra on the Teldec, Nonesuch, Deutsche Grammophon, and the ECM record labels. In 2002, Kremerata Baltica's After Mozart recording (Nonesuch Records) received a Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance and an ECHO Award. For more information, visit

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  • Daniil Trifonov

    Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity, Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent to classical stardom. This season, he makes debuts with the Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle, Toronto, and Vienna symphony orchestras, and returns to the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and London's Philharmonia Orchestra. Mr. Trifonov also tours Japan with the Mariinsky Orchestra and the US with violinist Gidon Kremer, and gives solo recitals at key international venues such as London's Royal Festival Hall, Tokyo's Opera City Concert Hall, and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

    After winning first prize at both the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition and the 2011 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition at the age of 20, Mr. Trifonov made his first appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra in the US, as well as with London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and other top European ensembles. He has made solo recital debuts at London's Wigmore Hall, Vienna's Musikverein, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, and La Salle Pleyel in Paris, and has appeared as soloist at the Verbier, Edinburgh, and Lucerne festivals in addition to the BBC Proms.

    Last season, Mr. Trifonov collaborated with 19 leading orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and National Symphony Orchestra; returned to Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage; won the 2013 Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Instrumental Soloist; and premiered his own First Piano Concerto in Cleveland. His first recording as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital, is currently nominated for a Grammy Award. His discography also includes a Chopin album for Decca Classics and Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with the Mariinsky Orchestra.

    Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1991, Mr. Trifonov studied at Moscow's Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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Scubert's Fantasy in C Major, D. 934 (Andante molto)
Gidon Kremer, Violin | Valery Afanassiev, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

At a Glance

Gidon Kremer and Daniil Trifonov’s program introduces us to perhaps the greatest “unknown” composer of the 20th century: Shostakovich’s colleague and close friend Mieczysław Weinberg. Though born in Poland, he made his career in the USSR, and this essentially restricted his international fame until after his death in 1996. Weinberg’s life was a tragic one, haunted by the deaths of his entire immediate family at the beginning of World War II. Nevertheless, he was able to transmute his personal suffering into music of extraordinary expressive power and highly refined craftsmanship. We hear two works by him: the Sonata No. 5 for violin and piano (1953) and the more modernist and utterly remarkable Sonata No. 3 for solo violin (1979).

This program also presents two works by Mozart: his probing Fantasy for solo piano, K. 397, and his Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, K. 481. The slow movement of that last piece anticipates the language of the early-Romantic period, which is also represented by Schubert’s challenging Fantasy in C Major for violin and piano, a freely conceived expansion of one of his songs.
Program Notes


Relive Daniil Trifonov's December 9 recital at Carnegie Hall.

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