In advance of his Rachmaninoff Festival performances with the New York Philharmonic, pianist extraordinaire Daniil Trifonov heads downtown to The Greene Space for a recital of some of the composer’s more intimate piano repertoire. WQXR’s Annie Bergen hosts.
The International Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medal-winner will be joined by esteemed pianist Sergei Babayan (Artist-in-Residence, Cleveland Institute of Music; Juilliard Professor; and Trifonov’s teacher), for a rare performance of Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17. The program also includes Trifonov solo in his own Rachmaninoff-inspired composition, Rachmaniana, recently released by his record label Deutsche Grammophon.
Since winning the Tchaikovsky Competition, Trifonov has travelled the world as recitalist and concerto soloist. His list of credits include debut recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the Berlin Philharmonie, and appearances with the Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, among many others.
“Mr. Trifonov has scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair,” noted The New York Times. “He is also a thoughtful artist . . . [who] can play with soft-spoken delicacy, not what you associate with competition conquerors.”
British commentator Norman Lebrecht called Trifonov, “a pianist for the rest of our lives." Lebrecht continued, "This is a major artist, phenomenally gifted and almost fully formed, with fresh ideas and a winning stage presence that is quite irresistible from the moment he bounds through the door and sits at the keyboard, unable to contain his need to share.”