Young Russian Master Pianist Daniil Trifonov Highlights Rachmaninoff in Concert and Recording This Season

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Young Russian Master Pianist Daniil Trifonov Highlights Rachmaninoff in Concert and Recording This Season

 Rachmaninov Variations (Deutsche Grammophon)

“Few artists have burst onto the classical music scene in recent years with the incandescence of the pianist Daniil Trifonov.”

– New York Times

Having scored both a Grammy nomination and an ECHO Klassik Award with Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital, his first recording as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, on August 28 Daniil Trifonov – “without question the most astounding young pianist of our age” (The Times of London) – celebrated the release of his second, Rachmaninov Variations. Pairing his accounts of Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Variations on a Theme of Corelli, and Variations on a Theme of Chopin with his own composition, Rachmaniana, Trifonov’s album was recorded last March with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, an ensemble that during the Russian composer’s lifetime premiered and championed many of his works.

Daniil Trifonov - Rachmaninov Variations (Trailer)

Trifonov and Nézet-Séguin in the trailer for Rachmaninov Variations, about which more videos are available here.
When Trifonov played Rachmaninoff with the Chicago Symphony this spring, the Chicago Tribune recognized his exceptional way with the composer’s music:

“From the commanding thunder of his entry, and the idiomatic fluidity with which he and the orchestra conversed throughout the concerto, you knew something special was going on. Coruscating technique Trifonov has in abundance, but there is also an acute musical sensitivity that makes every note speak directly to the listener. His tone was always bright, full, forward and beautiful; he seemed incapable of producing an ugly sound, even when roaring up and down the keyboard at full speed.”

The Russian pianist continues to emphasize his compatriot’s concertos in the 2015-16 season. With the New York Philharmonic, he headlines fall’s “Rachmaninoff: A Philharmonic Festival,” joining Cristian Macelaru, Neeme Järvi, and Ludovic Morlot for performances of the Second, Third, and Fourth concertos and the “Paganini Variations,” as well as collaborating with members of the orchestra on the Trio élégiaque in his first appearance at the 92nd Street Y (Nov 11–28). Rachmaninoff’s Fourth is the vehicle for Trifonov’s subscription debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Nézet-Séguin (Oct 1–4), and Rachmaninoff’s Third for his debuts with the Berlin Staatskapelle under Pablo Heras-Casado (April 11 & 12) and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic under Franz Welser-Möst, with whom he anchors the prestigious Nobel Prize Concert (Dec 8). It is also in Rachmaninoff that Trifonov joins Leonard Slatkin and the Orchestre National de Lyon (April 1–3), Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic (Dec 14–16), the Philharmonia Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall and on tour in the UK and Iceland (Oct 8–19), and the Czech Philharmonic on its three-city tour of Japan (Oct 31–Nov 2).
Daniil Trifonov (photo: Dario Acosta for Deutsche Grammophon)
Beyond Rachmaninoff, Trifonov showcases the music of two more of his countrymen, launching the new season with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s First with the London Philharmonic under Vladimir Jurowski at Milan’s La Scala (Sep 7), and playing Prokofiev’s Third for his debut with the Montreal Symphony under Kent Nagano, reprised on their extensive North American tour (March 8–26), and Prokofiev’s Second for dates with the Orchestre National de France (Jan 14) and the London Symphony Orchestra under Alan Gilbert (April 7).

An artist of breathtaking poise and theatricality,” it was during a previous collaboration with the LSO that “Trifonov tapped into Chopin’s sense of freedom at the piano, and his joy in its potential” (The Telegraph, UK). In the coming season, he reprises Chopin’s Second for concerts with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas (Sep 25 & 26), besides undertaking Liszt’s First with the Pittsburgh Symphony at the orchestra’s home (May 5–8) and on its eleven-stop North European tour (May 20–June 3).

Also an accomplished composer, it is with his own concerto that the young pianist launches the Pittsburgh Symphony’s new season (Sep 18–20). This follows the work’s triumphant premiere at the Cleveland Orchestra, where the Plain Dealer was moved to marvel: “Even having seen it, one cannot quite believe it. Such is the artistry of pianist-composer Daniil Trifonov.

Distinguished by their “ecstatic quality” (Financial Times) and by the “feeling of active discovery” (New York Times) he conjures, Trifonov’s solo recitals are already widely held to be in a class of their own. Over the coming season, in music by Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Schubert, and Rachmaninoff, the Russian pianist makes his Los Angeles solo recital debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall (Feb 26), returns to California’s La Jolla Music Society (Feb 28), performs in Tokyo and Kyoto (Oct 28 & 29), and embarks on an extensive and high-profile European recital tour that includes stops in the principal venues of Vienna, Berlin, Geneva, Paris, Rome, Lisbon, Barcelona, and Amsterdam (Jan 9–Feb 22). He also looks forward to a residency at London’s Wigmore Hall, where he gives duo recitals with his former teacher, pianist Sergei Babayan (Feb 14), and superstar violinist Gidon Kremer (Feb 12), with whom he also appears in Cologne (Feb 10) and with whom he recently gave the “performance of a lifetime” (Los Angeles Times) at L.A.’s Disney Hall.


Daniil Trifonov: 2015-16 season highlights

  • Aug: Release on DG of Rachmaninov Variations, with Philadelphia Orchestra & Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Sep: Opens Pittsburgh Symphony season playing his own concerto
  • Sep: Tchaikovsky First Concerto with London Philharmonic under Vladimir Jurowski at La Scala
  • Sep: Chopin Second Piano Concerto with San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas
  • Oct: Rachmaninoff Fourth Piano Concerto with Philadelphia Orchestra and Nézet-Séguin
  • Oct/Nov: Tour of Japan with Czech Philharmonic playing Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto
  • Nov: Joins New York Philharmonic for its Rachmaninoff Festival, playing three piano concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. During festival, makes debut at 92nd Street Y, playing Rachmaninoff’s “Trio élégiaque” Piano Trio No. 2 with NYPO musicians.
  • Dec: Joins Royal Stockholm Philharmonic under Franz Welser-Möst for Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto in this year’s Nobel Prize Concert
  • March: Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto on tour of North America with Montreal Symphony under Kent Nagano
  • May/June: Joins Pittsburgh Symphony under Manfred Honeck for European tour playing Liszt First Piano Concerto

Daniil Trifonov: 2015-16 engagements

Sep 7
Milan, Italy
La Scala
London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

Sep 18–20
Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra / Manfred Honeck
TRIFONOV: Piano Concerto

Sep 25 & 26
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra / Michael Tilson Thomas
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2

Oct 1–4
Philadelphia, PA
Verizon Hall
Philadelphia Orchestra (subscription debut) / Yannick Nézet-Séguin
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 4

Oct 8–10
London, UK
Royal Festival Hall
Philharmonia Orchestra / Rafael Payare
“Rachmaninoff Cycle”
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 4; Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini

Oct 15–19
Tour with Philharmonia Orchestra / Jakub Hrusa
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2

  • Oct 15: London, UK (Royal Festival Hall, “Rachmaninoff Cycle”)
  • Oct 16: Canterbury, UK
  • Oct 18 & 19: Reykjavik, Iceland (Harpa Concert Hall)

Oct 28 & 29
Japanese solo recitals
BACH-BRAHMS: Chaconne in D minor for left hand
SCHUBERT: Sonata in G, D. 894
BRAHMS: Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op. 35 (Book I)
RACHMANINOFF: Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28

  • Oct 28: Kyoto
  • Oct 29: Tokyo (Opera City)

Oct 31–Nov 2
Japanese tour with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Jirí Belohlávek
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2

  • Oct 31: Tokyo (Suntory Hall)
  • Nov 1: Nagoya
  • Nov 2: Hamamatsu

Nov 11–28
New York, NY
New York Philharmonic: “Rachmaninoff: A Philharmonic Festival”

  • Nov 11, 12, 13, 14 & 17
    RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini & Piano Concerto No. 2
    under Cristian Macelaru
    David Geffen Hall
  • Nov 19, 20 & 21
    RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 4
    under Neeme Järvi
    David Geffen Hall
  • Nov 22
    RACHMANINOFF: Piano Trio No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9, “Trio élégiaque”
    with members of New York Philharmonic
    92nd Street Y (debut)
  • Nov 24, 27 & 28
    RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3
    under Ludovic Morlot
    David Geffen Hall

Dec 8
Stockholm, Sweden (debut)
Nobel Prize Concert
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3

Dec 14–16
Munich Philharmonic / Valery Gergiev
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3

  • Dec 14 & 15: Munich, Germany
  • Dec 16: Vienna, Austria

Jan 9–Feb 22
European solo recital tour; program to include BACH, CHOPIN, SCHUBERT and RACHMANINOFF

  • Jan 9: Grenoble, France (MC2 Hall)
  • Jan 14: Paris, France (Maison de la Radio auditorium)
  • Jan 16: Lugano, Switzerland (Lugano Arte e Cultura residency)
  • Jan 18: Vienna, Austria (Konzerthaus)
  • Jan 20: Rome, Italy (Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia)
  • Jan 22: Lugano, Switzerland (Lugano Arte e Cultura residency, Festival Strings Luzern)
  • Jan 23: Munich, Germany (Herkulessaal – Bell’Arte)
  • Jan 25: Berlin, Germany (Philharmonie)
  • Jan 27: Brussels, Belgium (Palais des Beaux-Arts/Paleis Voor Schone Kunsten)
  • Jan 31: Amsterdam, Netherlands (Concertgebouw – Master Piano Series)
  • Feb 2: Stuttgart, Germany (Stuttgart Liederhalle Beethoven-Saal)
  • Feb 3: Hamburg, Germany (Laeiszhalle)
  • Feb 7: Paris, France (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées)
  • Feb 17: Geneva, Switzerland (debut; Victoria Hall)
  • Feb 20: Lisbon, Portugal (Gulbenkian Música)
  • Feb 22: Barcelona, Spain (Palau de la Música Catalana)

Jan 14
Paris, France
Orchestre National de France / James Conlon
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 2

Feb 10
Cologne, Germany
Kölner Philharmonie
Duo recital: BRAHMS & WEINBERG
With Gidon Kremer, violin

Feb 12–14
London, UK
Wigmore Hall (residency)

  • Feb 12: Duo recital with Gidon Kremer, violin
  • Feb 14: duo recital with Sergei Babayan, piano

Feb 26
Los Angeles, CA (recital debut)
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Solo recital
BACH-BRAHMS: Chaconne in D minor for left hand
SCHUBERT: Sonata in G major D. 894
BRAHMS: Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op. 35 (Book I)
RACHMANINOFF: Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op. 28

Feb 28
La Jolla, CA
La Jolla Music Society

March 8–10
Montreal, QC, Canada
Montreal Symphony Debut
Montreal Symphony Orchestra / Kent Nagano
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3

March 14–26
North American tour with Montreal Symphony Orchestra / Kent Nagano
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3

  • March 14: Washington DC
  • March 16: Boston, MA
  • March 18: Chicago, IL
  • March 19: Ann Arbor, MI
  • March 22: Palm Desert, CA
  • March 23: San Diego, CA
  • March 24: Santa Barbara, CA
  • March 25: Rohnert Park, CA
  • March 26: Berkeley, CA

April 1–3
Orchestre National de Lyon / Leonard Slatkin
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3

  • April 1: Aix-en-Provence, France (Grand Théâtre de Provence)
  • April 2 & 3: Lyon, France (Auditorium de Lyon)

April 7
London, UK
London Symphony Orchestra / Alan Gilbert
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 2

April 11 & 12
Berlin Germany
Philharmonie (April 11); Konzerthaus (April 12)
Staatskapelle Berlin (debut) / Pablo Heras-Casado
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3

May 5, 6, & 8
Pittsburgh, PA
Heinz Hall
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra / Manfred Honeck
LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 1

May 18
Elmau, Germany
Schloss Elmau
Chamber Music

May 20–June 3
European tour with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra / Manfred Honeck
LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 1

  • May 20: Hanover, Germany
  • May 21: Bremen, Germany
  • May 22: Berlin, Germany
  • May 23: Dresden, Germany
  • May 25: Frankfurt, Germany
  • May 27: Vienna, Austria
  • May 29: Bregenz, Austria
  • May 31: Basel, Switzerland
  • June 1: Brussels, Belgium
  • June 2: Stuttgart, Germany
  • June 3: Munich, Germany

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