Grammy Award-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov (dan-EEL TREE-fon-ov) — Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year and a one-time NY Phil Mary and James G. Artist-in-Residence — is a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer whose performances combine consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth. Transcendental, his Liszt collection that marked his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, won the 2018 Grammy for Best Instrumental Solo Album.
In the 2021–22 season Trifonov released Bach: The Art of Life. He performed European and US recital tours, played Brahms’s First Piano Concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Zurich, Mozart’s Jeunehomme Piano Concerto on a European tour with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and all five Beethoven concertos variously with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, and Toronto Symphony. He gave the world premiere of Mason Bates’s Piano Concerto, composed for him during the pandemic, with ensembles including the co-commissioner, The Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony.
Trifonov’s Deutsche Grammophon discography includes a live recording of his Carnegie recital debut; Chopin Evocations; Silver Age (Opus Klassik’s 2021 Instrumentalist of the Year / piano award); and three volumes of Rachmaninoff works with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin (one received a 2021 Grammy nomination, another won BBC Music’s 2019 Concerto Recording of the Year). Trifonov was named Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year and in 2021 he was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
During the 2010–11 season Trifonov won medals at three of the music world’s most prestigious competitions: Third Prize in Warsaw’s Chopin Competition, First Prize in Tel Aviv’s Rubinstein Competition, and First Prize and Grand Prix in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition. He studied with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music.