Born in 1991, Daniil Trifonov is a Russian pianist who began playing the piano at the age of five. As a teen, he was active in competitions, participating in the International Scriabin Competition and the International Piano Competition of San Marino. In 2010, he won third prize in the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and won the Special Prize of Polish Radio for Best Mazurka performance. He placed first in 2011 at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, and won the Pnina Salzman Prize for the Best Performer of a Chopin Piece, among other awards.
Soon after winning the Rubinstein Competition, Trifonov won the grand prize of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, which led to his recording Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. In the wake of so many youthful achievements, he has also received scholarships, including the Scriabin Scholarship, the "Young Talents of Russia" Foundation Scholarship, and the Guzik Foundation Award.
Trifonov completed his studies with Tatiana Zelikman at the Gnessin Special School of Music, and attended the Cleveland Institute of Music to study under Sergei Babayan. His playing has taken him around the world, and he has given recitals in Europe, North America, and Asia. In concert, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, and many other major orchestras, as well as appearing with chamber ensembles and being a guest artist at international festivals. Trifonov also pursues a side career as a composer, writing works for orchestra, chamber groups, and keyboard.
He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca, the latter of which released his Billboard debut, Daniil Trifonov Plays Frédéric Chopin, in February of 2013. He returned to the classical Top 20 only a week later with the Deutsche Grammophon-issued Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital. After reaching the number ten spot with Rachmaninov Variations in 2015, 2016's Transcendental: Daniil Trifonov Plays Franz Liszt reaffirmed his popularity, climbing to number four. Trifonov reentered the classical Top Ten in 2017 with Chopin Evocations.
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