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Trifonov and Babayan Play Bartók

Nov 16 - Nov 19


Mentor and protégé are featured in Bartók’s rarely performed Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion as audience favorite Daniil Trifonov joins his former teacher, Sergei Babayan, in the latter’s NY Phil debut. Guest conductor Hannu Lintu, also making his debut, leads the Orchestra in Kaija Saariaho’s evocation of the heavens and Stravinsky’s virtuosic showpiece for winds.



7:30 PM





7:30 PM





11:00 AM





8:00 PM




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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


1 Hour 45 Minutes with Intermission

Additional Info

These concerts will be streamed on the Hauser Digital Wall.



Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947 version)



Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion

Kaija Saariaho

Ciel d'hiver


Symphony No. 7



  • Hannu Lintu


    One of the most distinctive and dynamic conductors of his generation, Hannu Lintu continues his tenure as chief conductor of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. The appointment followed a series of hugely successful collaborations with the company — including Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in 2016, Sibelius’s Kullervo in 2017, Berg’s Wozzeck in 2019, and Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos in 2020 — and reflects Lintu’s shifting focus into the field of opera. In the past season he conducted R. Strauss’s Salome and Britten’s Billy Budd. This season’s productions will include the majority of the house’s rescheduled performances of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which will recommence with Die Walküre in September 2022.

    Lintu recently completed his eighth and final season as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s chief conductor. Highlights included Schumann’s Faust Szenen, Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, and the second-ever FRSO Festival — devoted in 2019 to new and large-scale works by national composer Magnus Lindberg. Guest highlights of the 2022–23 season include his highly anticipated debuts with the New York Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and returns to the Naples Philharmonic and St. Louis and BBC Symphony orchestras. Lintu also guest conducts the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. Recent engagements include debuts with the Bavarian Radio and BBC symphony orchestras and returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra Niederösterreich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre National de Radio France, and DSO Berlin. 

    Lintu has received several accolades for his recordings, including two ICMA Awards for Bartók’s Violin Concertos with Christian Tetzlaff (2019) and works by Sibelius featuring Anne Sofie von Otter (2018). He received a 2021 Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance for his recording of Lutosławski’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3, and a 2011 Grammy nomination for Best Opera CD for Rautavaara’s Kaivos. He received Gramophone Award nominations for his recordings of Enescu’s Symphony No. 2 with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Violin Concertos of Sibelius and Thomas Adès with Augustin Hadelich and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, the recording of Magnus Lindberg’s orchestral works Aura and Marea and the chamber work Related Rocks with the FRSO is nominated for the 2022 Gramophone Award in the Contemporary category.

    Learn more about Hannu Lintu
  • Sergei Babayan


    Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy, and remarkable levels of color, Sergei Babayan brings a deep understanding to an exceptionally diverse repertoire. He has collaborated with such conductors as Antonio Pappano, David Robertson, Rafael Payare, Thomas Dausgaard, Tugan Sokhiev, Valery Gergiev, and Dima Slobodeniouk. He performs with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and Munich’s Prinzregententheater, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Alte Oper Frankfurt, and the Zurich Tonhalle. Babayan is a Deutsche Grammophon exclusive artist; his latest release, Rachmaninoff (DG 2020), received numerous awards, including BBC Recording of the Month and CHOC Classica. In 2018 he released his own transcriptions for two pianos of works by Sergei Prokofiev with Martha Argerich, Prokofiev for Two (DG 2018). Born in Armenia, Babayan began his studies there with Georgy Saradjev and continued at the Moscow Conservatory with Mikhail Pletnev, Vera Gornostayeva, and Lev Naumov. Following his first trip outside of the USSR in 1989, he won consecutive first prizes in several major international competitions. An American citizen, he lives in New York City.

    Learn more about Sergei Babayan
  • Daniil Trifonov


    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.

    Learn more about Daniil Trifonov
  • Christopher S. Lamb


    Grammy Award–winning percussionist Christopher Lamb has been hailed as a dynamic and versatile performer. Having joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Percussionist in 1985, The Constance R. Hoguet Friends of the Philharmonic Chair, he subsequently made his solo debut with the Orchestra in the World Premiere of Joseph Schwantner’s Percussion Concerto, one of several commissions celebrating the Philharmonic’s 150th anniversary. He has since performed the work to critical acclaim with orchestras throughout the United States and in 2011 won a Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Soloist for his recording of Schwantner’s Percussion Concerto with the Nashville Symphony. Lamb also gave the World Premiere of Tan Dun’s Concerto for Water Percussion, a second work commissioned for him by the New York Philharmonic, and has performed it to rave reviews on the Philharmonic’s tour to South America, as well as in Asia and Europe with such notable orchestras as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, he has performed the work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, and the Pacific Symphony. New York Philharmonic Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur selected Lamb’s performance of Tan Dun’s Concerto for Water Percussion for release in the Orchestra’s collection of recordings highlighting his tenure as Music Director. The third commission for Lamb by the New York Philharmonic, Susan Botti’s Echo Tempo for Soprano, Percussion, and Orchestra, was given its World Premiere by Ms. Botti, Lamb, and the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Masur.

    Learn more about Christopher S. Lamb
  • Daniel Druckman


    Percussionist Daniel Druckman is active as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and recording artist, concertizing throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Composer’s Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic’s Horizons concerts, the San Francisco Symphony’s "New and Unusual Music Series," and in recital in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Tokyo. He has been a member of the New York Philharmonic since 1991, where he serves as Associate Principal Percussionist, and has made numerous guest appearances with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the American Brass Quintet, the Group for Contemporary Music, Orpheus, Steve Reich and Musicians, and the Philip Glass Ensemble. Druckman has also participated in chamber music festivals at Santa Fe, Ravinia, Saratoga, Caramoor, Bridgehampton, Tanglewood, and Aspen.

    Learn more about Daniel Druckman
  • Markus Rhoten


    Markus Rhoten joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Timpani in September 2006. Prior to this appointment he was the principal timpanist of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, led by Eliahu Inbal.

    Learn more about Markus Rhoten

Special Thanks

Lead support for these concerts is provided by Mrs. Veronica Atkins.

Generous support for Sergei Babayan’s and Daniil Trifonov’s appearances is provided by The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series.


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