The GRAMMY®-winning Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov—Musical America's 2019 Artist of the Year—has made a spectacular ascent of the classical music world as 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 awe. “He has everything and more ... tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that,” marveled pianist Martha Argerich.
It was during the 2010-11 season that Trifonov won medals at three of the music world’s most prestigious competitions, taking Third Prize in Warsaw’s Chopin Competition, First Prize in Tel Aviv’s Rubinstein Competition, and both First Prize and Grand Prix – an additional honor bestowed on the best overall competitor in any category – in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition.
The list of achievements is long, but a very small selection includes Artist-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic 2019-2020 under Jaap van Zweden, eg. with the New York premiere of Trifonov's own piano quintet, and his own "Perspectives" series of seven concerts at Carnegie Hall - as well as a performance of Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto under Riccardo Muti in the historic gala finale of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's 125th anniversary celebration.