Daniil Trifonov discography

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Daniil Trifonov discography
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Daniil Trifonov performing at Carnegie Hall, October 2017
Studio albums9
Live albums3
Compilation albums1
Video releases2

The recording career of Russian pianist and composer Daniil Trifonov initially focused on the music of Frédéric Chopin. His first three albums, recorded in 2010 and released in 2011, exclusively consisted of works of Chopin: the first album, Daniil Trifonov plays Frédéric Chopin, consisting of music performed live in recitals in Italy, was released by Decca Records in April; his second album, Chopin: Mazurki; Konzert, containing performances from the 16th Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw (where he won the third prize), was released in May; [1] and finally, his third album, Chopin, a studio recording, was released in July. [2] Trifonov's next album, Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1, released in 2012, included a performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. [3]

Daniil Trifonov Russian pianist

Daniil Olegovich Trifonov is a Russian pianist and composer. Described by The Globe and Mail as "arguably today's leading classical virtuoso" and by The Times as "without question the most astounding pianist of our age", Trifonov's honors include a Grammy Award win in 2018 and the Gramophone Classical Music Awards' Artist of the Year Award in 2016. The New York Times has noted that "few artists have burst onto the classical music scene in recent years with the incandescence" of Trifonov. He has performed as soloist with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and the Munich Philharmonic, and has given solo recitals in such venues as Royal Festival Hall, Carnegie Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Berliner Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Concertgebouw, and the Seoul Arts Center.

Frédéric Chopin Polish composer and pianist

Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for solo piano. He has maintained worldwide renown as a leading musician of his era, one whose "poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation."

The XVI International Chopin Piano Competition was held in Warsaw, Poland from October 3–20, 2010. Prize winners' concerts were held October 21–23. First prize was given to Yulianna Avdeeva.


In February 2013, Trifonov signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon (DG). [4] His first album for DG, The Carnegie Recital, is a live recording of a recital he had given in Carnegie Hall that month. [5] Other recitals and chamber music concerts were recorded at festivals such as those of Verbier and Lockenhaus, resulting in a few works, including Mieczysław Weinberg's Sonatina in a performance with Gidon Kremer, being issued on other labels courtesy of DG. [6] Trifonov's second album for DG, Rachmaninov Variations, was devoted to music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, and included the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Chopin and Corelli solo piano variations, and Rachmaniana, one of his own piano compositions which he wrote during his first year as a student of the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2009–10. [7] [8] This album was issued mid-2015. [8] Soon after, a double DVD with two films directed by Christopher Nupen was released. The first DVD included a documentary which featured Trifonov performing excerpts of his own Piano Concerto in E-flat minor; the other DVD featured a live recital interspersed with interviews. [9]

Deutsche Grammophon record label

Deutsche Grammophon (DGG) is a German classical music record label that was the precursor of the corporation PolyGram. Headquartered in Berlin Friedrichshain, it is now part of Universal Music Group (UMG) since its merger with the UMG family of labels in 1999. It is the oldest surviving established record company.

Carnegie Hall concert hall in New York City

Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, United States, located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east side of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street, two blocks south of Central Park.

Chamber music form of classical music composed for a small group of instruments

Chamber music is a form of classical music that is composed for a small group of instruments—traditionally a group that could fit in a palace chamber or a large room. Most broadly, it includes any art music that is performed by a small number of performers, with one performer to a part. However, by convention, it usually does not include solo instrument performances.

Trifonov's 2016 album for DG, Transcendental, consisting of the complete piano études of Franz Liszt, was a major success. It reached the number one position in the Specialist Classical Albums Chart in the United Kingdom in October 2016, was designated one of "The Best Classical Music Recordings of 2016" by The New York Times , [10] and won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. [11] In 2016, Trifonov also received Gramophone's Artist of the Year Award. [12] In 2017, Trifonov released three albums with DG: an album consisting of piano trios by Rachmaninoff performed with Gidon Kremer and Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė; [13] Chopin Evocations, an album with music written by or in homage of Chopin; [14] and an album with chamber music by Franz Schubert performed with such artists as Anne-Sophie Mutter. [15] Trifonov's two newest albums for DG, Destination Rachmaninov • Departure and Destination Rachmaninov • Arrival were released in 2018 and 2019 respectively; the albums comprise Rachmaninov's four piano concertos with Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra, in addition to J.S. Bach's Partita for violin solo No. 3 in E major (BWV 1006) arranged for piano solo by Rachmaninoff and Trifonov's own transcriptions for piano solo of Vocalise (Op. 34 No. 14) and The Silver Sleigh Bells (first movement of The Bells , Op. 35). [16] [17]

Étude short, difficult musical study work

An étude is an instrumental musical composition, usually short, of considerable difficulty, and designed to provide practice material for perfecting a particular musical skill. The tradition of writing études emerged in the early 19th century with the rapidly growing popularity of the piano. Of the vast number of études from that era some are still used as teaching material, and a few, by major composers such as Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and Claude Debussy, achieved a place in today's concert repertory. Études written in the 20th century include those related to traditional ones and those that require wholly unorthodox technique.

Franz Liszt Hungarian composer and pianist

Franz Liszt was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, and organist of the Romantic era. He was also a writer, a philanthropist, a Hungarian nationalist and a Franciscan tertiary.

<i>The New York Times</i> Daily broadsheet newspaper based in New York City

The New York Times is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership. Founded in 1851, the paper has won 127 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other newspaper. The Times is ranked 18th in the world by circulation and 3rd in the U.S.

Trifonov has earned considerable commercial and critical success. In addition to earning a Grammy for Transcendental, he earned Grammy nominations for Rachmaninov Variations and The Carnegie Recital. [11] In 2016, Trifonov received the Gramophone Classical Music Awards' Artist of the Year Award. [18] His successes also include appearances on international record chart rankings, including eight albums that have ranked on the Billboard Top Classical Album chart. [19]

The Gramophone Classical Music Awards, launched in 1977, are one of the most significant honours bestowed on recordings in the classical record industry. They are often viewed as equivalent to or surpassing the American Grammy award, and referred to as the Oscars for classical music. They are widely regarded as the most influential and prestigious classical music awards in the world. According to Matthew Owen, national sales manager for Harmonia Mundi USA, "ultimately it is the classical award, especially worldwide."

A record chart, also called a music chart, is a ranking of recorded music according to certain criteria during a given period of time. Many different criteria are used in worldwide charts, often in combination. These include record sales, the amount of radio airplay, the number of downloads, and the amount of streaming activity.

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.


Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
BEL (Fl)
BEL (Fl) Cl.
BEL (Wa) Cl.
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  • Released: 24 July 2011 [2]
  • Recorded: St. Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk, December 2010
  • Contributing artists: Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and Wojciech Rajski (Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1)
  • Label: Dux Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Rachmaninov Variations2659010
Transcendental: Daniil Trifonov Plays Franz Liszt314934186429414
Preghiera – Rachmaninov: Piano Trios46825
Chopin Evocations710198651426
Schubert: Trout Quintet151117
Destination Rachmaninov • Departure
  • Released: 12 October 2018 [17]
  • Recorded: Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, April 2018 (Piano Concerto No. 2 and Bach-Rachmaninoff Partita) and October 2015 (Piano Concerto No. 4; live)
  • Contributing artists: Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin (piano concerti)
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
Destination Rachmaninov • Arrival
  • Released: 11 October 2019 [16] [30]
  • Recorded: Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, April 2018 (Piano Concerto No. 3; live) and November 2016 (Piano Concerto No.1); Philharmonie in Berlin, February 2019 (The Silver Sleigh Bells; live); Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall at Princeton University, January 2019 (Vocalise)
  • Contributing artists: Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin (piano concerti)
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download

Live albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
BEL (Wa) Cl.
US Cl.
Daniil Trifonov plays Frédéric Chopin
  • Released: 2 April 2011 [31]
  • Recorded: La Fenice, Venice, Italy, May 2010 (Rondo à la Mazur, Waltz in E-flat major, Etude in F major, and Andante spianato et grande polonaise brilliante); Fazioli Concert Hall, Sacile, Italy, November 2010 (Mazurkas, B minor sonata)
  • Label: Decca Classics
  • Format: CD, digital download
Chopin: Mazurki; Konzert
Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital51018


TitleAlbum details
Trifonov Live


TitleAlbum details
Mieczyslaw Weinberg
  • Released: 28 January 2014 [33] [34]
  • Recorded: Neuhardenberg and Lockenhaus, November 2012 and July 2013
  • Label: ECM Records
  • Format: CD
Verbier Festival: 25 Years of Excellence
  • Released: 6 July 2018 [35]
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Format: CD

Video releases

The Magics of Music / The Castelfranco Veneto Recital
  • A DVD with two films:
    • The Magics of Music, a portrait film where Trifonov performs Chopin, Ravel, and his own Piano Concerto in E-flat minor
    • The Castelfranco Veneto Recital, performed live at the Teatro Accademico in Castelfranco Veneto with music by Chopin, Scriabin, Strauss (arr. Trifonov) and Rachmaninoff
Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies & Concertos
  • Released 28 April 2015 [37]
  • Produced by Arthaus Musik

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