About me

“Last night I listened to him again on YouTube – he has everything and more. What he does with his hands is technically incredible. It’s also his touch – he has tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that.”
Martha Argerich on The Financial Times, 9 July 2011

Valery Gergiev and Daniil Trifonov – XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition

Daniil Trifonov has won Grand Prix, First prize and a Gold Medal in the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2011). Daniil also won the Audience Choice Award and the Award for the Best Performance of a Mozart Concerto.
A few weeks earlier winning the Tchaikovsky Competition, Daniil Trifonov was awarded the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 13th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, which took place in Tel Aviv (2011). In addition, he also won the prize for the best chamber music performace, the Pnina Salzman Prize for the best performance of a Chopin piece and the Audience Favorite prize.
Daniil Trifonov – winner III prize in the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2010), awarded also special prize of the Polish Radio for the best performance of mazurkas.


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.

Highlights of the 2011/12 season for Trifonov included debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (tour and subscription concerts in Vienna), London Symphony Orchestra and Mariinsky Orchestra with Gergiev, Israel Philharmonic with Mehta, Russian National Orchestra with Pletnev, as well as collaborations with Vladimir Fedoseyev, Pietari Inkinen, Sir Neville Marriner, Diego Matheuz and Antoni Wit. He also has given performances at the Wigmore Hall London, Musikverein Vienna, Salle Pleyel Paris, Carnegie Hall New York, Suntory Hall Tokyo, and venues across North and South America, Europe and Asia. The audience responses and reviews he has received throughout the season have consistently marked him out as one of the outstanding talents of today.

In summer 2012, Daniil Trifonov makes his debut at the major festivals of Europe. He performs at Verbier, Montreux, Tivoli, Edinburgh, Lockenhaus, Grafenegg, La Roque d’Anthéron and Klavier Festival Ruhr, while in the USA he will appear at Blossom, Ravinia and Chautauqua Festival.

The 2012/13 season will see Daniil Trifonov making his debut with several prestigious internatonal orchestras, including New York Philharmonic with Gilbert, Chicago Symphony with Dutoit, Boston Symphony with Guerrero, Cleveland Orchestra with Gaffigan, Philharmonia Orchestra with Maazel, Royal Philharmonic with Dutoit, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with Znaider, Budapest Festival Orchestra with Takács-Nagy, Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Battistoni, and returns to the London Symphony and Mariinsky Orchestra with Gergiev, Russian National Orchestra with Pletnev and Warsaw Philharmonic with Wit.

Trifonov’s upcoming recitals include 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, and toured the USA and Italy as a consequence of this.

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

“The winner of this year’s Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition showed he deserved the prize with a performance of the first concerto that was sometimes disturbing, often brilliant and always compelling.”
Best in classical music for 2011 – The Washington Post, December 2011

“Here is a performer who already knows a huge amount not just about technique, but performance itself. Dispatching the Piano Concerto No 1, what was most noticeable about this fizzing display was showmanship without ostentatious theatrics, and a generous willingness, particularly in the balletic second movement, to let Gergiev and the by now fully fired-up London Symphony players to take the lead where the music required it. But he had the spotlight all to himself for Liszt’s Campanella, an encore delivered with delicate panache.”
The Times, September 2011

“The charismatic young Russian tore into the Tchaikovsky first piano concerto with exhilarating confidence and formidable technique.”
The Guardian, September 2011

“The way Daniil Trifonov played, you’d say he was a mature master, rather than a mere 20-year-old. Power in spades, crystalline passage-work, and a pearlised singing tone: he’s already got it all, and his encore – Liszt’s ‘La Campanella’ – had both flawless delicacy, and an engaging modesty.”
The Independent, September 2011

“Mr. Trifonov has scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair. He is also a thoughtful artist … he can play with soft-spoken delicacy, not what you associate with competition conquerors.”
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, July 2011

“Every note he touched was pure gold… Compelling, radiant, every gesture in the music lovingly communicated, directly and with perfect naturalness, artfully but without artifice.”
Timothy Gilligan – New York Concert Review Inc., June 2011

“His performance was fundamentally reserved and inward, but with abundant colour and imaginative, subtle effects. This was playing rich in insight and intensity.”
The Vancouver Sun, May 2011

“… Keep your ears open for his name. This is a major star on the horizon.”
Straight.com, May 2011

“… extremely talented and sensitive …”
Warsaw Voice, Oct 2010