Portland Piano International: Daniil Trifonov

Happening on: 
March 9, 2014 4:00pm
Lincoln Performance Hall (LH175)

Born in Nizhniy Novgorod in 1991, Daniil Trifonov is one of the brightest names of the next generation of pianists. His reputation for outstanding performances, musical insight and expressive intensity has already surpassed the attention he received when, during the 2010/11 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. Gergiev personally awarded Trifonov the 'Grand Prix' in Moscow, the award given to the best overall competitor in any of that Competition's categories. 

Trifonov’s 2012/13 recitals included Washington Kennedy Center, New York Carnegie Hall (Stern auditorium), Boston Celebrity Series, Berlin Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie, Munich Herkulessaal, Amsterdam Concertgebouw (main auditorium), London Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, Paris Auditorium du Louvre, Zurich Tonhalle and Lucerne Piano Festival, Brussels Palais de Beaux Arts, Schloss Elmau, Seoul Arts Center and many others. 

Daniil Trifonov began his musical studies at the age of five. He studied at Moscow Gnesin School of Music in the class of Tatiana Zelikman (2000-2009). From 2006 to 2009 he also studied composition and has continued to write piano, chamber and orchestral music since then. Since 2009, he has studied piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the class of Sergei Babayan. In 2008, at the age of 17, he received awards at the Scriabin Competition of Moscow and at the San Marino International competition. He also received a Guzik Foundation Career Grant in 2009, leading top tours of the USA and Italy. 

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

MAR 9, 2014




  • Serenade in A Major

   Ravel (from Miroirs)

  • Noctuelles ("Night Moths")

  • Oiseaux tristes ("Sad Birds')

  • Une barque sur l'océan ("A Boat on the Ocean") 

  • Alborada del gracioso ("The Gracioso's Aubade") 


  • Three Pieces, Op. 11


  • Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13

Image: Alexander Ivanov, courtesy of portlandpiano.org

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