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Second Piano Concerto and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times


Nov, 2015

Wednesday, 7:30 PM


Nov, 2015

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Nov, 2015

Friday, 8:00 PM


Nov, 2015

Saturday, 8:00 PM


Nov, 2015

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Part of Rachmaninoff: A Philharmonic Festival

You'll recognize Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini from Groundhog Day, when Bill Murray used it to melt Andie MacDowell’s heart. In The Seven Year Itch, the Second Piano Concerto plays in a dream sequence to woo Marilyn Monroe. But there’s more than just swoon-worthy melodies in these Rachmaninoff favorites: virtuosic fireworks abound too, especially in the hands of 24-year-old dynamo Daniil Trifonov.

The November 12 performance will be broadcast live on WQXR, New York’s classical station, at 105.9 FM and wqxr.org at 7:30 p.m. After the November 14 concert, Daniil Trifonov will sign copies of his CD Rachmaninov Variations in the David Geffen Hall lobby.

Read about Daniil Trifonov in The Times (London)



The Isle of the Dead



Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini



Piano Concerto No. 2


Cristian Măcelaru


Cristian Măcelaru



Winner of the 2014 Solti Conducting Award, Cristian Măcelaru is conductor-in-residence of The Philadelphia Orchestra, with which he made his unexpected subscription debut in April 2013. He has since conducted four of its subscription programs, and leads another in the 2015–16 season. Other season highlights include his Lincoln Center debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival, as well as this New York Philharmonic debut. He returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and National Symphony Orchestra. Internationally, he makes debuts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National, Dublin’s RTE National Symphony, and Tokyo’s Metropolitan Symphony orchestras. In North America, his debuts include the Atlanta, Cincinnati, New World, and San Diego symphony orchestras, Minnesota Orchestra, and National Arts Centre Orchestra. 

Cristian Măcelaru made his first appearance at Carnegie Hall in 2012, leading a work alongside Valery Gergiev in a Georg Solti Centennial Celebration, and in 2015 he made his full Carnegie debut leading the Danish National Symphony Orchestra with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. In June 2015 he made his Cincinnati Opera debut in highly acclaimed performances of Verdi’s Il Trovatore.

An accomplished violinist from an early age, Christian Măcelaru was the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and played in the first violin section of the Houston Symphony for two seasons. After participating in the conducting programs of the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival and School, he received the Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award in 2012. He completed undergraduate studies in violin performance at the University of Miami and subsequently studied with Larry Rachleff at Rice University, where he received master’s degrees in conducting and violin performance.

Learn more about Cristian Măcelaru

Daniil Trifonov


Daniil Trifonov


Danill Trifonov by Vadim Shults


Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov received acclaim when he won First Prize at both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein Competitions in 2011 at the age of 20. The 2016–17 season brings the release of Transcendental, a double album that represents Mr. Trifonov’s third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, and is the first time that Liszt’s complete concert études have been recorded for the label. Winner of Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year award, his upcoming performances include Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with Riccardo Muti in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 125th anniversary gala finale. Having scored his second Grammy Award nomination with Rachmaninoff Variations, he performs Rachmaninoff in his Berlin Philharmonic debut led by Simon Rattle at the orchestra’s New Year’s Eve concerts, scheduled to air live in cinemas throughout Europe. Mr. Trifonov also performs Rachmaninoff in his debuts with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and appears in the Munich Philharmonic’s Rachmaninoff Cycle tour with longtime collaborator Valery Gergiev. He is performing Mozart with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland, and Philadelphia orchestras, and with the Dresden Staatskapelle at home and at the Salzburg Easter Festival and London’s BBC Proms. Other engagements include Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra on tour, Houston Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Filarmonica della Scala on tour with Riccardo Chailly. An accomplished composer, Mr. Trifonov reprises his own concerto in Kansas City. Recital engagements include debuts at London’s Barbican and Melbourne’s Recital Centre and appearances in Berlin, Vienna, Florence, Madrid, Oslo, Moscow, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and — for the fourth consecutive year — New York’s Carnegie Hall. He gives duo recitals with his former teacher, pianist Sergei Babayan, in Princeton and Sarasota, and will return to the Tanglewood, Verbier, Baden-Baden, and Salzburg festivals. Mr. Trifonov’s honors include Third Prize in Warsaw’s Chopin Competition, First Prize in Tel Aviv’s Rubinstein Competition, and both First Prize and Grand Prix in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition, all in the 2010–11 season, and Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Instrumental Soloist (2013). 

Learn more about Daniil Trifonov

Special Thanks

Major support for these concerts is provided by Laura Chang and Arnold Chavkin.

Cristian Măcelaru's appearance is made possible through the Daisy and Paul Soros Endowment Fund.

The November 12 performance of The Isle of the Dead is graciously sponsored by Kimberly V. Strauss.

For November 12 Radio Broadcast, Daniil Trifonov appears courtesy Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft.


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