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Daniil Trifonov to Offer Seven-Concert Perspectives Series at Carnegie Hall

Daniil Trifonov to Offer Seven-Concert Perspectives Series at Carnegie Hall

Pianist Daniil Trifonov captured the attention of the music world with his spectacular victory at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in summer 2011 at the age of 20. Only two months later, he appeared for the first time in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, performing with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. He has since returned to the Hall for many unforgettable performances.

Mr. Trifonov has already developed an international career as a solo artist, a champion of the concerto repertoire, a collaborator at the keyboard in chamber music and song, and as a composer-artistic facets that will all be showcased in his seven-concert Perspectives series this season, beginning with a solo recital in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on Saturday, October 28. At 26 years of age, Mr. Trifonov is the youngest artist ever to curate a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall.

"I am very excited to have been chosen for the great privilege of presenting the Perspectives Series for Carnegie Hall's 2017-18 season. It's a wonderful opportunity to explore a wide range of challenging and diverse programs, including 20th-century piano repertoire which is entirely new to me, music of Chopin with which I was brought up, and some of my own music. It will include collaborations with musicians who have left an important artistic imprint on me, and musical friends I have met along the way. It is especially exciting to be the youngest artist to have been featured in the Perspectives series and I cannot wait to share this music, not only in one of the most historic concert halls on the planet but in front of one of the most involved audiences," offered Mr. Trifonov.

Daniil Trifonov launches his Perspectives series on Saturday, October 28, at 8:00 p.m. with a solo recital in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage performing an Hommage à Chopin featuring his Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35; as well as music he inspired by Mompou, Schumann, Grieg, Barber, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff. Also this month, Mr. Trifonov releases Chopin Evocations on Deutsche Grammophon, an album exploring this repertoire-music of Chopin and many of the twentieth-century composers who were influenced by him.

The following month, on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m., Mr. Trifonov returns to Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with Valery Gergiev leading the Mariinsky Orchestra playing the New York premiere of Mr. Trifonov's own Piano Concerto. Also on the program is Strauss's Don Juan and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 6. Mr. Trifonov made his Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage debut with Mr. Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra in 2011. Mr. Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra also perform the previous evening on Tuesday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. with pianist Denis Matsuev playing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 on a program that also includes Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9 and Scriabin's Symphony No. 3, "The Divine Poem."

Daniil Trifonov's Perspectives series continues on Tuesday, February 6 at 8:00 p.m. in collaboration with baritone Matthias Goerne singing Berg's Four Songs, Op.2; Schumann's Dichterliebe; Wolf's Three Poems of Michelangelo; selections from Shostakovich's Suite, Op. 145; and Brahms's Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121.

Mr. Trifonov is joined by his longtime mentor, pianist Sergei Babayan in Zankel Hall on Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. for an extraordinary evening of two-piano music including the New York premiere of a new work written by Mauro Lanza (co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall as part of its 125 Commissions Project) as well as Schumann's Andante and Variations in B-flat Major, Op. 46; Schubert's Fantasie in F Minor for Piano Four Hands, D. 940; and Rachmaninoff's Suites No. 1 and 2 for Two Pianos.

The following month, Mr. Trifonov plays Chopin with Kremerata Baltica in two consecutive concerts on April 25 and 26. For the first concert on Wednesday, April 25 at 8:00 p.m. violinist Gidon Kremer and cellist Giedr? Dirvanauskait? join Mr. Trifonov for Chopin's Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 8 on a program that also includes Variations on "Là ci darem la mano" from Mozart's Don Giovanni (arr. Andrei Pushkarev), Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4 (arr. Victor Kissine), and Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11 (arr. Yevgeny Sharlat). The following evening, Thursday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m., cellist Gautier Capuçon plays Chopin's Cello Sonata in G Minor on another all-Chopin program that also includes Introduction and Polonaise brillante, Op. 3; Nocturne in E Major, Op. 62, No. 2 (arr. Victor Kissine); and Piano Concerto No. 2 (arr. Yevgeny Sharlat).

Daniil Trifonov concludes his Perspectives series in Zankel Hall on Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. with a program titled Decades in which he performs a work from each decade of the 20th century. The program includes Berg's Piano Sonata, Op. 1; Prokofiev's Sarcasms, Op. 17; Bartók's Out of Doors; Copland's Piano Variations, 1930; selections from Messiaen's Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus; selections from Ligeti's Musica ricercata; Stockhausen's Klavierstück I; John Adams's China Gates; John Corigliano's Fantasia on an Ostinato; Thomas Adès's Traced Overhead.

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Daniil Trifonov was born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, in 1991. In the summer of 2011, he won the 13th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv before returning home to secure first prize, the Gold Medal, and the Grand Prix at the Tchaikovsky Competition. Since that time, Mr. Trifonov has traveled the world as a recitalist and concerto soloist. His list of credits includes debut recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, London's Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Tokyo's Opera City, the Tonhalle Zürich, and a host of other leading venues. He has also appeared with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra. In February 2013, Deutsche Grammophon announced the signing of an exclusive recording agreement with Mr. Trifonov. His debut recital for the yellow label, recorded live at Carnegie Hall, combines Liszt's formidable Sonata in B Minor; Scriabin's Sonata No. 2, Op. 19; and Chopin's 24 Preludes, Op. 28. In October 2016, the label released Transcendental, a recording that featured etudes by Liszt.


Now in its 18th season, Carnegie Hall's Perspectives series is an artistic initiative in which select musicians are invited to explore their own musical individuality and create their own personal concert series through collaborations with other musicians and ensembles. In addition to Daniil Trifonov's series, violinist Janine Jansen curates a five-concert Perspectives series performing central works of the violin literature, as well as new works with two acclaimed orchestras and expert chamber-music partners. For more information, visit

Previous Perspectives artists have included Senegalese vocalist Youssou N'Dour; Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso; Indian classical tabla player Zakir Hussain; experimental rocker David Byrne; singer-songwriters Rosanne Cash and James Taylor; as well as conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim; conductors Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Simon Rattle, and David Robertson; violinists Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Christian Tetzlaff; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Argerich, Emanuel Ax, Evgeny Kissin, Maurizio Pollini, András Schiff, Peter Serkin, and Mitsuko Uchida; sopranos Renée Fleming and Dawn Upshaw; mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato; bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff; the Emerson String Quartet; the Kronos Quartet; and early music ensemble L'Arpeggiata.

Program Information

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage


FREDERIC MOMPOU Variations on a Theme of Chopin
Robert Schumann "Chopin" from Carnaval, Op. 9
Edvard Grieg Studie, Op. 73, No. 5, "Hommage à Chopin"
Samuel Barber Nocturne, Op. 33
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Un poco di Chopin, Op. 72, No. 15
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Selections from Variations on a Theme of Chopin
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35

Tickets: $42-$150

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor
Daniil Trifonov, Piano

Richard Strauss Don Juan, Op. 20
DANIIL TRIFONOV Piano Concerto (NY Premiere)
Sergei Prokofiev Symphony No. 6 in E-flat Minor, Op. 111

Tickets: $50-$175

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

ALBAN BERG Four Songs, Op. 2
Robert Schumann Dichterliebe, Op. 48
·· Im wunderschönen Monat Mai
·· Aus meinen Tränen spriessen
·· Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne
·· Wenn ich in deine Augen seh'
·· Ich will meine Seele tauchen
·· Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome
·· Ich grolle nicht
·· Und wüssten's die Blumen, die kleinen
·· Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen
·· Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen
·· Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen
·· Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen
·· Ich hab' im Traum geweinet
·· Allnächtlich im Traume
·· Aus alten Märchen
·· Die alten, bösen Lieder
HUGO WOLF Three Poems of Michelangelo
Dmitri Shostakovich Selections from Suite, Op. 145
·· Dante
·· Death
·· Night
JOHANNES BRAHMS Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121
·· Denn es gehet dem Menschen wie dem Vieh
·· Ich wandte mich und sahe an alle
·· O Tod, wie bitter bist du
·· Wenn ich mit Menschen und mit Engelzungen redete

Tickets: $30-$99

Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall

Robert Schumann Andante and Variations in B-flat Major, Op. 46
MAURO LANZA New Work for Two Pianos (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Franz Schubert Fantasie in F Minor for Piano Four Hands, D. 940
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Suite No. 1 for Two Pianos, Op. 5
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17

Tickets: $100, $110

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Gidon Kremer, Violin
Giedr? Dirvanauskait?, Cello

Variations on "Là ci darem la mano" from Mozart's Don Giovanni (arr. Andrei Pushkarev)
Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 8
Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4 (arr. Victor Kissine)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11 (arr. Yevgeny Sharlat)

Tickets: $40-$131

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C Major, Op. 3
Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65
Nocturne in E Major, Op. 62, No. 2 (arr. Victor Kissine)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21 (arr. Yevgeny Sharlat)

Tickets: $40-$140

Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall


ALBAN BERG Piano Sonata, Op. 1
Sergei Prokofiev Sarcasms, Op. 17
BÉLA BARTÓK Out of Doors
Aaron Copland Piano Variations, 1930
OLIVIER MESSIAEN Selection from Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus
GYÖRGY LIGETI Selections from Musica ricercata
John Adams China Gates
John Corigliano Fantasia on an Ostinato
Thomas Adès Traced Overhead

Tickets: $120, $130

Tickets are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website,

For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change.

Photo Credit: Stefan Cohen

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