Music critics are raving: "One of the most successful and incomprehensible piano talents of the last decades" says Helmut Mauró. Norman Lebrecht attests "enormous awareness of his actions" and explains "... a pianist for the rest of our lives".
"When Daniil Trifonov plays, time seems to stop. Out of the deep stillness comes a play that one hears only rarely: outstanding and of deep insight, never foreseeable, but always having the intention of the composer in view and rooted in the nature of the music. Trifonov's playing, with its mixture of poetry and power, testifies to a unique talent. His inventiveness and originality are also reflected in his growing reputation as a composer" writes klassikakzente.de
My goal is to lift up people through music from the purely secular themes of their lives
Trifonov first develops an idea of expression in his imagination and then tries to achieve it musically. "When the idea of a colour first arises in the mind, I often find completely unexpected ways of a concrete solution for it. It helps to practice without a piano - the imagination of the piece, its tension and nuances just in my head." Later on the piano, he develops some emotional exaggerations. “I deliberately try different ways to have the opportunity to play with it in the concerts."
Trifonov finds inspiration from old recordings from the 20th century by Schnabel, Rachmaninow, Horowitz and today's pianists like Grigory Sokolov, Radu Lupu and Martha Argerich - she raves: "What he does with his hands is technically incredible. Add to that his touch - it has delicacy and also the demonic element. I've never heard anything like that”.
Daniil Trifonov, born in 1991 in Nizhny Novgorod, grew up in a musical home - his mother, musicologist, teaches music theory, his father is a composer. At the age of five, Trifonov began playing the piano. The parents moved to Moscow to enable their son an education at the prestigious Gnessin Institute. There he studied piano in the class of Tatiana Zelikman and at the same time composition. Zelikman made their large record collection available to the students that they could hear pieces in very different interpretations, discuss advantages and disadvantages, and then play their own version. At 17, Trifonov continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the US with Sergei Babayan. He encouraged Trifonov to interpret the same phrase again and again with a different energy and emotion in order to be able to tell different moods and stories with the same notes.
Among other prizes, Trifonov won the 3rd prize in the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 2010. The music world became aware of him in 2011, when within six weeks he won first prizes, gold medals and audience awards at two international competitions, the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv and the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
In 2017, Trifonov selected two Bösendorfer concert grand pianos 280 VC Vienna Concert for the Musikverein in Vienna. As "Artist in Residence" of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, Trifonov is going to perform in 2019 as a solist with orchestra, as chamber musician and as solo pianist in the Musikverein. In January he played the first five concerts - four times with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Rachmaninow's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 and one concert chamber music Shostakovich and Rachmaninow - all on Bösendorfer 280VC.
Verbier Festival 07/31/2016 - After long-lasting Standing Ovations for his magnificent piano concerto, which Trifonov performed together with the congenial conductor Gábor Takás-Nagy and the Festival Chamber Orchestra, he played a movement from his own sonata: