Performance Tuesday, February 5, 2013 | 8 PM

Daniil Trifonov

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Daniil Trifonov won the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition with a musical maturity beyond his years, and made his triumphant Carnegie Hall debut last season with the Mariinsky Orchestra. Now, he performs in his first Carnegie Hall recital with a program that features works by Scriabin and Liszt, along with Chopin’s dazzling Preludes.


  • Daniil Trifonov, Piano
    Carnegie Hall Recital Debut


  • SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 2
  • LISZT Piano Sonata in B Minor
  • CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28

  • Encores:
  • MEDTNER Fairy Tale in E-flat Major, Op. 26, No. 2
  • BACH Gavotte from Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006 (arr. Rachmaninoff)
  • STRAVINSKY/AGOSTI "Infernal Dance" from The Firebird



    Daniil Trifonov

    Born in Nizhniy Novgorod in 1991, Daniil Trifonov is one of the brightest names of the new generation of pianists. His reputation for outstanding performances, musical insight, and expressive intensity has already surpassed the attention he received when, during the 2010-2011 season, he won medals at three of the most prestigious competitions in the music world: the Chopin Competition in Warsaw (Third Prize), the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv (First Prize), and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (First Prize and Grand Prix). Jury members and observers at these competitions included Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Van Cliburn, Emanuel Ax, Nelson Freire, Yefim Bronfman, and Valery Gergiev. In Moscow, Mr. Gergiev personally awarded Mr. Trifonov the Grand Prix, an award given to the best overall competitor in any of that competition's categories.

    Highlights of the 2011-2012 season included debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony and Mariinsky orchestras with Valery Gergiev, Israel Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, and Russian National Orchestra with Mikhail Pletnev, as well as collaborations with Vladimir Fedoseyev, Pietari Inkinen, Sir Neville Marriner, Diego Matheuz, and Antoni Wit. He also has given performances at London's Wigmore Hall, Vienna's Musikverein, Paris's Salle Pleyel, and Tokyo's Suntory Hall, as well as at venues throughout North and South America.

    In the summer of 2012, Mr. Trifonov made his debut at major festivals that included Verbier, Montreux, Tivoli, Edinburgh, Lockenhaus, Grafenegg, La Roque d'Anthéron, and Klavier-Festival Ruhr, as well as the Blossom and Ravinia festivals. In the 2012-2013 season, he makes debuts with prestigious international orchestras that include the New York Philharmonic; the Chicago and Boston symphony orchestras; the Cleveland, Philharmonia, and Royal Philharmonic orchestras; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Budapest Festival Orchestra; and Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. In addition, he returns to the London Symphony and Mariinsky orchestras with Mr. Gergiev, and the Russian National Orchestra with Mr. Pletnev.

    Upcoming engagements include recitals at the Kennedy Center, Celebrity Series of Boston, Berlin's Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie, Munich's Herkulessaal, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw (as part of the Master Piano Series), Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore halls in London, Paris's Auditorium du Louvre, Zurich's Tonhalle, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Schloss Elmau, and Seoul Arts Center, among other venues.

    Daniil Trifonov began his musical studies at the age of five. From 2000 to 2009, he studied at the Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow. From 2006 to 2009, he also studied composition, and since then has written works for piano, as well as chamber and orchestral music. He has studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2009. In 2008, at the age of 17, he received awards at the Scriabin Piano Competition in Moscow and at the San Marino International Piano Competition. He received a Guzik Foundation Career Grant in 2009, which led to a tour of the US and Italy.

    Mr. Trifonov's first CD, featuring a selection of Chopin's works for solo piano, was released by Decca in 2011. His recording of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, as well as a selection of solo piano music, was released on the Mariinsky label in the fall of 2012.

    More Info


Chopin's Scherzo for Piano No. 3 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 39, CT. 199
Daniil Trifinov, Piano
Fryderyk Chopin Society

At a Glance

ALEXANDER SCRIABIN  Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp Minor, Op. 19, "Sonata-Fantasy"

Composed before Scriabin wrestled himself away from tonality, the second sonata demonstrates the influence of Chopin and Liszt.

FRANZ LISZT  Sonata in B Minor

Liszt's monumental sonata can simultaneously be seen as a single-movement piece in sonata form and as a traditional four-movement piano work, complete with initial movement, slow movement, scherzo, and finale.

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN  Twenty-Four Preludes, Op. 28

Undeniably a watershed in the Romantic piano repertoire, this collection of miniatures in each major and minor key covers a vast range of emotions, but is perhaps most revered for its darkest moments.

Program Notes
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The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Suki Sandler in support of the 2012-2013 season.
This performance is part of The 88 Keys - Students, Keyboard Trio, and Keyboard Virtuosos II.