Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov will present a Chopin-themed recital. The program will include Rachmaninoff’s “Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22,” Mompou’s “Variations on a Theme of Chopin,” and Chopin’s two mazurkas and “Piano Sonata No. 2.”
Born in 1991, Trifonov won the third prize of the distinguished 16th International Chopin Piano Competition in 2010. Then he went on to win the first prize at the 13th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in 2011. In the same year, he was awarded the first prize at the 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition. In 2013 Trifonov made his debut at Carnegie Hall in a concert recorded by Deutsche Grammophon for an album release later that year.
Pianist Martha Argerich said 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.”
International Piano magazine said 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.”
The BBC Radio 3 “CD Review” program in 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.”