Daniil Trifonov

Instrumental Focus

  • piano

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov—winner of Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year award—has made a spectacular ascent through the classical music world as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer. Trifonov added a Grammy Award to his considerable string of honors in 2018, winning Best Classical Instrumental Solo with Transcendental.

This fall sees the release of a new album on Deutsche Grammophon—Destination Rachmaninov: Arrival—following 2018’s Destination Rachmaninov: Departure and 2015’s Grammy-nominated Rachmaninov Variations, all with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. As the New York Philharmonic’s 2019–2020 artist-in-residence, Mr. Trifonov has appeared in New York and Europe and gives the New York premiere of his own Piano Quintet.

Trifonov launched the New York Philharmonic’s 2018-19 season with back-to-back performances; other orchestral highlights included performances of Scriabin’s concerto during a season-long residency with the Berlin Philharmonic, Prokofiev’s Third with the Chicago Symphony, Rachmaninov’s Third with the Boston Symphony, and Schumann’s concerto with longtime collaborator Valery Gergiev and the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1991, Trifonov attended Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music as a student of Tatiana Zelikman before studying with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also studied composition and continues to write for piano, chamber ensemble, and orchestra.