Daniil Trifonov

Danill Trifonov


A dazzling showcase by the brilliant young Russian performing Schumann, Shostakovich and Stravinsky.

‘Scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair.’ The New York Times

In the summer of 2011, the then 20-year-old Daniil Trifonov won the pianistic equivalent of a grand slam, taking first prize at the Rubenstein competition and the gold medal and Grand Prix at the most prestigious of them all, the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Competition winners don’t always flourish in the concert hall but 2011 was just the start of Trifonov’s brilliant career.

Trifonov is not your usual firebrand. As The New York Times observed, he has ‘scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair. He is also a thoughtful artist who can play with soft-spoken delicacy, not what you associate with competition conquerors.’ The program for his Melbourne recital debut affirms this. It is as much an emotional journey as it is a dazzling showcase: Schumann’s childhood scenes are deceptively simple but their mysterious magic is difficult to capture, a daydream that needs to be coaxed into song by a poet. Similarly, the flighty Kreisleriana asks for a musician of intuitive wit and mercurial imagination, while the Toccata is pure breathless showmanship. Shostakovich’s elegant and majestic Preludes and Fugues is a 20th-century masterwork of grief, humour and resignation, emblematic of the composer’s own story. Stravinsky’s Petrushka evokes the exoticism and bustling humanity of a bygone Russia in a display of sensational virtuosity that brings puppets, bears and the thrills of the fairground to vivid life.

Marshall McGuire, Director of Artistic Planning on Danill Trifonov:

He’s a star of the BBC Proms in 2016. He’s the name on everyone’s lips. Now it’s our turn to hear what the rest of the world is taking about.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Robert Schumann
Kinderszenen Op.15
Toccata for solo piano Op.7
Kreisleriana Op.16

Dmitri Shostakovich
24 Preludes and Fugues Op.87 – selection

Igor Stravinsky
Three Movements from Petrushka


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