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Daniil TrifonovOn Tuesday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall presents piano virtuoso Daniil Trifonov in a program that features Bach’s Fantasy and Fugue for Organ in G Minor, BWV 542 (trans. for piano by Franz Liszt, S. 463); Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111; and Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, S. 139. Mr. Trifinov made his sold-out Carnegie Hall debut last year, which was recorded live for his first album on the Deutche Grammophon label, Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital.

This season, Mr. Trifonov also partners with acclaimed violinist Gidon Kremer in a duo recital appearance on Friday, January 23 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, a powerful program spanning 18th and 19th-century Vienna and the 20th-century Soviet Union with works by Mozart, Schubert, and Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Mr. Kremer, a champion of Weinberg’s music, brings tremendous artistry to two of the composer’s violin works—Violin Sonata No. 5, Op. 53 and Solo Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 126.

As part of a new partnership with Carnegie Hall, Mr. Trifonov’s December 9 concert is being webcast live on and For 90 days after the concert, it will also be available for free replay.

In addition, the December 9 concert airs on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York as part of the fourth annual Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series, produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall and hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon. Concerts in the series are available for live streaming on and During every live broadcast, WQXR and Carnegie Hall will host live web chats, including Twitter commentary by the broadcast team, from backstage and in the control room, connecting national and international fans to the music and to each other. This year, the WFMT Radio Network, the classical music and arts radio distributor and producer based in Chicago, has signed on to distribute select live concerts nationally. The complete Carnegie Hall Live line-up will also be available via WFMT Radio Network to public radio stations throughout the United States and internationally as a 13-part series starting in April 2015.

About the Artists
Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent to classical music stardom since winning First Prize at both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions in 2011 at the age of 20. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe. As an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, Mr. Trifonov’s future plans with the label include recording Rachmaninov’s complete piano concertos. His discography also features a Chopin album for Decca and a recording of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra on the ensemble’s own label.

It was during the 2010–2011 season that Mr. 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. In 2013, he was also awarded the prestigious Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Instrumental Soloist by Italy’s foremost music critics.

Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1991, Daniil Trifonov began his musical training at the age of five, and went on to attend Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music as a student of Tatiana Zelikman, before pursuing his piano studies with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also studied composition, and continues to write for piano, chamber ensemble, and orchestra. When he premiered his own piano concerto last spring, the Cleveland Plain Dealer marveled: “Even having seen it, one cannot quite believe it. Such is the artistry of pianist-composer Daniil Trifonov.”

Of all the world’s leading violinists, Gidon Kremer has perhaps had the most unconventional career. Born in Riga, Latvia, he began studying at the age of four with his father and grandfather, who were both distinguished string players. At the age of seven, he entered Riga Music School. At sixteen, he was awarded the first Prize of the Latvian Republic and two years later he began his studies with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory. Mr. Kremer went on to win prestigious awards including the 1967 Queen Elizabeth Competition and the first prize in both Paganini and Tchaikovsky International Competitions.

This success launched Mr. Kremer’s distinguished career, in the course of which he has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation. He has appeared on virtually every major concert stage with the most celebrated orchestras of Europe and America and has collaborated with today’s foremost conductors.

Mr. Kremer’s repertoire is extensive, encompassing all of the standard classical and romantic violin works, as well as music by 20th- and 21st-century masters such as Henze, Berg, and Stockhausen. He also championed the works of living Russian and Eastern European composers and has performed many important new compositions, several of them dedicated to him. Mr. Kremer has become associated with such diverse composers as Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, Sofia Gubaidulina, Valentin Silvestrov, Luigi Nono, Aribert Reimann, Peteris Vasks, John Adams, Victor Kissine, Michael Nyman, Philipp Glass, Leonid Desyatnikov, and Astor Piazzolla, bringing their music to audiences in a way that respects tradition yet remains contemporary.

Program Information
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
, Piano

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

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Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
, Violin

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Fantasy for Solo Piano, K. 397
MIECZYSLAW WEINBERG Violin Sonata No. 5, Op. 53
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, K. 481
MIECZYSLAW WEINBERG Solo Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 126
FRANZ SCHUBERT Fantasy in C Major, D. 934

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Ticket Information
Tickets, priced at $36–$105, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website,

For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

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