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 additional award given to the best overall competitor in any of that Competition's categories.
In 2012/13, Daniil Trifonov made his debut with several international orchestras, including New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and returns to the London Symphony and Mariinsky Orchestra with Gergiev, Russian National Orchestra with Pletnev and Warsaw Philharmonic with Wit. Summer 2013 saw triumphs for Trifonov at the Verbier and Edinburgh Festivals, as well as his London Proms debut in Albert Hall.
North American plans for 2013/14 include Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Houston Symphony, as well as recitals in Chicago and a return to Carnegie Hall, among others.
Trifonov’s recent recitals include The Kennedy Center, Boston Celebrity Series, Berlin Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie, Munich Herkulessaal, Amsterdam Concertgebouw (Master Piano Series), London Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, Paris Auditorium du Louvre, Zurich Tonhalle and Lucerne Piano Festival, Brussels Palais de Beaux Arts, Schloss Elmau, and the Seoul Arts Center.
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 February 2013, Daniil Trifonov signed an exclusive recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon. His first disc on the label, a live recording of his debut recital at Carnegie Hall, will be released in the Fall of 2013. Future plans with DG include recording all of the Rachmaninoff concerti with the Philharmonia. He also has a Chopin disc released on Decca, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra on the Mariinsky label.