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Daniil Trifonov

born on 5/3/1991 in Novgorod, Russian Federation

Daniil Trifonov

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Daniil Olegovich Trifonov (Russian: Дании́л Оле́гович Три́фонов; born 5 March 1991) is a Russian pianist and composer.

Early life

Trifonov was born in Nizhny Novgorod, Soviet Union on 5 March 1991. Both of his parents were professional musicians. He began studying the piano at the age of five, and gave his first concert performance with an orchestra at the age of eight, losing one of his baby teeth during the performance. He studied under Tatiana Zelikman at Moscow’s famous Gnessin School of Music.[1]


At 17, Trifonov won Fifth Prize at the 4th International Scriabin Competition in Moscow, and First Prize at the 3rd International Piano Competition of San Marino, where he also received the Special Prize for the best performance of Chick Corea’s composition.[2]

In 2009, at the recommendation of his previous teacher Tatiana Zelikman, Trifonov became a piano student of Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music. [3]

In 2010 he played at the Rathausplatz in Vienna's Town Hall Square as one of the seven finalists of the Eurovision Young Musicians.[4] In 2010, Trifonov became a medalist of the distinguished XVI International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, where he won Third Prize and the Special Prize of Polish Radio for the best mazurka performance.[5]

In 2011 he won the First Prize at the 13th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, winning also the Pnina Salzman Prize for the Best Performer of a Chopin piece, the Prize for the Best Performer of Chamber Music and the Audience Favorite Prize.[6]

A few weeks after winning the Rubinstein Competition, Trifonov was awarded the First Prize, Gold Medal, and Grand Prix at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Trifonov also won the Audience Award and the Award for the Best Performance of a Chamber Concerto.[7]

In February 2013 Trifonov made his debut at Carnegie Hall in a concert recorded by Deutsche Grammophon for an album release later that year.[8] Also in 2013 he was awarded the Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Instrumental Soloist by Italy’s foremost music critics. Previous recipients of the prestigious award include such keyboard giants as Maurizio Pollini, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Sviatoslav Richter, Radu Lupu, and András Schiff.

On 23 April 2014 he premiered his Piano Concerto in E flat minor.[9]

In 2016 he was awarded two British prestigious awards: Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 - Artist of the Year and RPS Music Awards - Instrumentalist. In 2017 Trifonov was awarded one of the most significant awards in musical performance, the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize.



Pianist Martha Argerich told the Financial Times in 2011 that Trifonov had "everything and more", adding that "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.[10]

The Tchaikovsky piano concerto recording was described by "International Piano" magazine as "A simply remarkable disc ... Daniil Trifonov's playing is a heady mix of super-virtuoso and the ability to generate the utmost tenderness ... He demonstrates an enviable variety of touch and shading ... the couplings are as intelligent as they are magnificent".[11]

The BBC Radio 3 CD Review programme of 10 August 2013 opined that: "Now the 21-year-old pianist is obviously the real deal, this isn't all flash and dash although there's plenty of both as you all hear but listen out for the expressiveness of Trifonov's approach, the way he plays with the tempo and keeps some of his powder dry for the coda where he almost leaves the orchestra trailing in his wake, and they sound as if they're having a ball as well."[12]

In 2017, Alex Ross, the music critic of The New Yorker wrote:

…Daniil Trifonov creates a furor. …[as did] Vladimir Horowitz…, Paderewski…, Sviatoslav Richter, the young Martha Argerich, and the young Evgeny Kissin… Furor pianists exhibit intelligence as well as dexterity; they often make curious interpretive choices that cause head-shaking at intermission. They give a hint of the unearthly, the diabolical.… Trifonov has a rare combination of monstrous technique and lustrous tone. The characteristic Trifonov effect is a rapid, glistening flurry of notes that hardly seems to involve the mechanical action of hammers and strings.[13]

Personal life

In 2017, Trifonov married Judith Ramirez, who works in publishing.[14][15]


  1. ^ "Biography". Daniil Trifonov. 
  2. ^ "Results of the 3rd International Piano Competition of San Marino". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Dallas Chamber Music Society, "Gala Event: Daniil Trifonov with Sergei Babayan" March 3, 2014"". 
  4. ^ "Eurovision Young Musicians - Final". Archived from the original on 23 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Results of the XVI International Chopin Piano Competition". Archived from the original on 9 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Results of the XIII Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition". Archived from the original on 13 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Final Results of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition". Archived from the original on 3 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "TRIFONOV - THE CARNEGIE RECITAL - Deutsche Grammophon - Universal Music". 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Clark, Andrew (8 July 2011). "Strains of mood music - Martha Argerich interview – Financial Times". Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  11. ^ Clarke, Colin (Nov 2012). "Orchestrated Piano Music". International Piano (1206). Rhinegold. 
  12. ^ McGregor, Andrew. "Summer CD Review". BBC 3 CD Review. BBC. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  13. ^ Ross, Alex (9 January 2017). "Daniil Trifonov's Sleight of Hand — On his latest recording, he plays some of the most taxing piano writing ever put on paper with stupefying effortlessness". The New Yorker. Condé Nast. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Daniil Trifonov". Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
  15. ^ "Fleet Fingers and Red-Eye Flights: A Pianist Is a Study in Stamina". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 

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