Saturday, February 18, 2012, 8 p.m.
VENUE: Carriage House Theatre
"The 20-year-old Daniil Trifonov, fresh from his victory at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, showed astonishing skills in works by Scriabin, Chopin and Liszt...this young man is a formidable virtuoso." --The New York Times
"...he has everything and more. 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." -Martha Argerich, Financial Times
"Mr Trifonov has scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair. He is also a thoughtful artist...he can play with soft-spoken delicacy, not what you associate with competition conquerors." -Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
Held every five years, the highly acclaimed International Tchaikovsky Competition has been regarded internationally as one of the major events in the global music community for more than 50 years. The gold medal winner of the piano section, Daniil Trifonov, picked from 122 competing musicians from 25 countries, will perform for an exclusive engagement at Montalvo for one night only.
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), teacher of such artists as Konstantin Lifschitz, Alexander Kobrin and Alexei Volodin. 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 2008, at the age of 17, Trifonov was awarded at the 4th International Scriabin Competition (2008, Moscow) and triumphed at 3rd International Piano Competition of San Marino Republic (1st Prize and Special Prize “Republic of San Marino 2008”). He was also prize winner of the Moscow Open Artobolevskaya Competition for Young Pianists (First Prize, Moscow, 1999), International Competition Memory of Mendelssohn (First Prize, Moscow, 2003), International Television Competition for Young Musicians (Grand Prize, Moscow, 2003), the Chamber Ensembles Festival “The Return” (Moscow, 2005, 2007), the Romantic Music Festival for Young Musicians (Moscow, 2006), the 5th International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists (2006, Beijing). He received a Guzik Foundation Career Grant in 2009, and toured the USA and Italy as a consequence of this. Elsewhere, he has performed in Russia, Germany, Austria, Poland, China, Canada and Israel.
Daniil Trifonov has performed at international music festivals, among them Rheingau (Germany), Crescendo (Russia), New Names (Russia), Arpeggione (Austria), Musica in Villa (Italy), Dame Myra Hess Series (USA), the International Festival Institute at Round Top (USA), Santo Stefano (Italy), Festival Pianistico di Trieste (Italy). His first CD was released on Decca in 2011, featuring a selection of Chopin solo piano works. He has also made a number of television recordings in Russia, the USA and Italy.
Trifonov will perform works by Schubert, Debussy, and Chopin.
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