Carl Maria von Weber
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 24
Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 36
Pour le Piano
Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5
Performed by Daniil Trifonov (piano)
Age category 6+
• Prize-winner at the Moscow Open Anna Artobolevskaya Young Pianists’ Competition (1st prize, 1999)
• Prize-winner at the International Competition in Memory of Felix Mendelssohn (1st prize, Moscow, 2003)
• Prize-winner at the International Television Competition for Young Musicians (Grand Prix, Moscow, 2003)
• Prize-winner at the Chamber Music Festival The Return (Moscow, 2005 and 2007)
• Prize-winner at the Romantic Music Festival for Young Musicians (Moscow, 2006)
• Prize-winner at the V International Chopin Young Pianists’ Competition (2006, Beijing)
• Prize-winner at the IV International Scriabin Competition in Moscow (2008)
• Prize-winner at the III International Repubblica di San Marino Piano Competition (1st prize and Repubblica di San Marino Special Prize, 2008)
• Prize-winner at the XVI International Frйdйric Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (Bronze Medal and Special Prize “For the best performance of a mazurka”, 2010)
Daniil Trifonov was born in Nizhniy Novgorod in 1991 and is currently emerging as one of the most dazzling pianists of the next generation.
In October 2010 Daniil Trifonov gained international acclaim when he won the Bronze Medal and Special Award “For the best performance of a mazurka” at the XVI International Frйdйric Chopin Piano Competition, particularly impressing such great musicians as Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire who served on the jury as well as Krystian Zimerman. Following his victory at the competition, he subsequently received a series of invitations from Germany, Poland, Italy and Switzerland, made his debuts in Tokyo (Orchard Hall). January 2011 will see tours to Japan, Israel, the United States and the Baltic States. Daniil Trifonov will make his Paris debut in January 2013 at the festival Les Concerts du Louvre.
In 2010 Daniil Trifonov demonstrated his talents at engagements throughout Europe. Highlights included his stunning solo recital in Venice in Italy at the Teatro La Fenice (performing Chopin and Scriabin), the Brighton Festival (UK, performing Beethoven and Chopin), his Milan debut with the Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi under the baton of Gavriel Heine (a programme of works by Prokofiev) and the opening concert of the International Piano Festival in Trieste in Italy (following Trifonov’s debut at the same competition in 2009 as a competitor). In May 2010 Trifonov was a prize-winner at the Eurovision Young Artists Competition and performed at the opening concert of the Wiener Festwochen.
Daniil Trifonov began to play the piano at the age of five. He studied at the Moscow Gnesins School of Music under Tatiana Zelikman (2000–2009) who has taught such other young talents as Konstantin Lifschitz, Alexander Kobrin and Alexei Volodin; from 2006 to 2009 he also attended the composition class of Vladimir Dovgan; the pianist now composes piano, chamber and orchestral music in his spare time.
In 2009 Daniil Trifonov entered the Cleveland Institute of Music under Sergei Babayan.
In 2008, at the age of seventeen, the musician was a prize-winner at the IV International Scriabin Competition in Moscow and the III International Repubblica di San Marino Piano Competition (1st prize and Repubblica di San Marino 2008 Special Prize).
Daniil Trifonov has given concerts in Russia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, China, Canada, the USA and Israel. In 2009 when he received a grant from the Guzik Foundation, the musician began a recital tour of Italy and the USA, during which he made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York.
In the course of his career so far Daniil Trifonov has appeared with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Poznaс Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi di Milano, the Nizhniy Novgorod Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yaroslavl Symphony Orchestra, the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra, the Gnesins Virtuosi and the Musica Viva chamber orchestras and the Republic of San Marino Symphony Orchestra among others. Future engagements include concerts with the Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma, Polish Radio Philharmonic, the Ignacy Paderewski Philharmonic and the Lublin Philharmonic.
Daniil Trifonov has performed on several occasions at international music festivals including the Rheingau Festival (Germany), the Crescendo and New Names festivals (Russia), the Arpeggione Festival (Austria), Musica in Villa (Italy), the Dame Myra Hess Series (USA), the International Festival Institute at Round Top (USA), the Santo Stefano Festival (Italy) and the Festival Pianistico di Trieste (Italy).
Recordings of his concerts have been broadcast on TV (Channel One, Kultura TV, Nizhny Novgorod TV and San Marino TV) and radio (Radio Russia, WFMT Radio (Chicago) and KUHF Radio (Houston). The musician has also recorded several discs for Classical Records and Zvuk Agency (Russia).
Daniil Trifonov is a Guzik Foundation award winner, a recipient of a Yuri Rozum International Charity Foundation scholarship, a Scriabin Cultural Foundation scholarship, a New Names scholarship and a Young Talents of Russia Foundation scholarship. He has attended master-classes given by Naum Shtarkman (UNESCO New Names international courses; XII Summer Art School in Suzdal, 2004), Dmitry Bashkirov and Emanuel Krasovsky (Tel-Hai International Piano Master-Classes, Israel, 2009). At the Tel-Hai International Piano Master-Classes Trifonov was awarded the Pnina Salzman Memorial Prize.