CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS
Daniil Trifonov, Piano
Sergei Babayan, Piano
Part of: Keyboard Virtuosos I
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Daniil Trifonov, Piano
Sergei Babayan, Piano
Gabriel Globus-Hoenich, Percussion
SCHUMANN Andante and Variations in B-flat Major, WoO 10 (arr. Sergei Babayan)
PROKOFIEV Twelve Movements from Romeo and Juliet (transcr. Sergei Babayan)
RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
RAVEL Rapsodie espagnole
PROKOFIEV Idée fixe from The Queen of Spades, Op. 70 (transcr. Sergei Babayan)
RAVEL "Feria" from Rapsodie espagnole
Event DurationThe printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
Winner of Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year Award, Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent in the world of classical music as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber musician, and composer. Mr. Trifonov recently added a Grammy Award to his considerable string of honors, winning Best Classical Instrumental Solo of 2018 for Transcendental, a double album of Liszt’s works that marked his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist.
This fall sees the release of a new album on Deutsche Grammophon—Destination Rachmaninov: Arrival—following 2018’s Destination Rachmaninov: Departure and 2015’s Grammy Award–nominated Rachmaninov Variations, all of which were recorded with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. As the New York Philharmonic’s 2019–2020 artist-in-residence, Mr. Trifonov joins the orchestra for concertos in New York and Europe, and gives the New York premiere of his own Piano Quintet. Additional season highlights include collaborations with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New World Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as Bach-themed solo recitals in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Europe.
Mr. Trifonov recently took on four season-long residencies with Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Berliner Philharmoniker, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Other recent highlights include launching the New York Philharmonic’s 2018–2019 season; headlining the gala finale of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 125th anniversary celebrations; collaborations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; and solo recitals at venues that include Boston’s Celebrity Series, London’s Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall, Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Salle Pleyel, Brussels’s Palais des Beaux-Arts, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Vienna’s Musikverein, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música Catalana, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and Opera City, Seoul Arts Center, Melbourne Recital Centre, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
During the 2010–2011 season, Mr. Trifonov won first prize at Tel Aviv’s Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, third prize at Warsaw’s International Chopin Piano Competition, and first prize and grand prize at Moscow’s International Tchaikovsky Competition. He also won Italy’s Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Instrumental Soloist in 2013 and Gramophone’s Artist of the Year Award in 2016. Born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, in 1991, Mr. Trifonov attended Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music before studying piano and composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Sergei Babayan is one of the leading pianists of our time. Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy, and remarkable levels of color, Mr. Babayan brings a deep understanding and insight to an exceptionally diverse repertoire.
A curating artist at Konzerthaus Dortmund, Mr. Babayan’s 2019–2020 season includes performances with the Bamberg Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Verbier Festival Orchestra. He also returns to major festivals that include La Roque d’Anthéron, Gstaad Menuhin, Verbier, and Piano aux Jacobins in France.
Throughout his career, Mr. Babayan has collaborated with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, David Robertson, Neeme Järvi, Thomas Dausgaard, and Tugan Sokhiev. He regularly performs with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, The Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and New World Symphony. He has appeared on stage at many prestigious venues, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Munich’s Prince Regent Theatre, Paris’s Maison de la Radio, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, and Zurich’s Tonhalle.
Mr. Babayan records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon. His latest release—Prokofiev for Two—features his own two-piano transcriptions of works by Prokofiev performed with Martha Argerich.
An American citizen living in New York City, Mr. Babayan was born in Armenia to a musical family. He began his piano studies in Armenia under the tutelage of Georgy Saradjev, and continued at the Moscow Conservatory, where he worked with Mikhail Pletnev, Vera Gornostayeva, and Lev Naumov. Following his first trip outside of the USSR in 1989, Mr. Babayan won consecutive first prizes in several major competitions, including the Cleveland, Hamamatsu, and Scottish international piano competitions.
Percussionist Gabriel Globus-Hoenich blends a multitude of musical influences in his work as a performer and educator. He has performed on drum set and percussion with a wide range of artists and orchestras, including Morgan James, Jim James, Omara Portuondo, Telmary Díaz, Roberto Fonseca, Tirso Duarte, Steve Hackman, Tessa Lark, The Philly Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, and Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Globus-Hoenich also collaborates frequently with Teddy Abrams and the Sixth Floor Trio, serving as principal percussionist and education director for the trio’s chamber music festival, Garden Music, in South Miami. An active composer and arranger, Mr. Globus-Hoenich has written music for the Louisville Orchestra, Achilles Liarmakopoulos of Canadian Brass, and Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean group Tiempo Libre. In 2018, he performed Julia Wolfe’s percussion concerto riSE and fLY with Mr. Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra.
Mr. Globus-Hoenich works as a teaching artist for the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, The Philadelphia Orchestra, 92nd Street Y, and Marquis Studios. He founded People of Earth—a 15-person Latin fusion group—in 2017. He also co-founded PlasticBand, a community drumming group based in Harlem that received a grant through NeON Arts, a program of the NYC Department of Probation in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Mr. Globus-Hoenich is a 2008 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Don Liuzzi and Robert van Sice.