Performance Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 8 PM

Daniil Trifonov

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
A sensation before he was 20, Daniil Trifonov has proven that he is more than just a young phenomenon. This program includes works by Bach, Beethoven, and Liszt, about which the Financial Times (London) said, “It was in the Liszt … that he came into his own—a titanic performance, projected with a confidence and relish that masked the music’s ferocious technical challenges beneath a mastery of its tempestuous surges and swings of mood; and without a whiff of exaggeration."


  • Daniil Trifonov, Piano


  • BACH Fantasy and Fugue for Organ in G Minor, BWV 542 (trans. for piano by Franz Liszt, S. 463)
  • BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
  • LISZT Transcendental Etudes, S. 139

  • Encore:
  • MEDTNER "Alla Reminiscenza" from Forgotten Melodies I, Op. 38

Event Duration

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


  • 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 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, joined a discography that already featured 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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Liszt's Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178: Andante sostenuto
Daniil Trifonov, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

At a Glance

Tonight’s program features masterpieces by three giants of the keyboard. Each was known in his day as a virtuoso performer, as well as a revered and influential composer. Their works not only transformed the forms in which they composed, but also impacted the works of their immediate and distant successors. Liszt’s transcription of Bach’s Fantasy and Fugue for Organ in G Minor, BWV 542, is a testament to the genius of both composers, contrasting free-form expression with highly structured musical thought. Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111—his last sonata and one of his last works for piano—pushes the capabilities of the piano as an instrument, the compositional boundaries of the time, and the interpretive abilities of the performer. Finally, each of Liszt’s fiendishly and legendarily difficult Transcendental Etudes is a miniature tone poem, depicting a specific narrative theme and showcasing the composer’s dramatic and poetic side along with his virtuosic technique.
Program Notes
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This performance is part of Keyboard Virtuosos I, and Midweek Piano Trio.

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