Daniil Trifonov emerged as one of the major new stars of the piano in the late 2010s. He is also active as a composer.
Trifonov was born in Nizhny Novgorod, then part of the Soviet Union, on March 5, 1991. His father was a composer and his mother a music teacher. Trifonov took up the piano at five and made rapid progress. In 2000, his family moved to Moscow, and he enrolled at the Gnessin School of Music, studying piano with Tatiana Zelikman. At her recommendation, he moved to the U.S. in 2009 for piano studies with Sergey Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also studied composition in both Moscow and Cleveland. Trifonov began to rack up important competition wins, culminating in first prizes at the Artur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition and the International Tchaikovsky Composition in 2011. The latter led to the opportunity to record Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23, with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, and Trifonov was soon in high demand for both concerts and recordings. He wisely limited his appearances in the year after the Tchaikovsky Competition win to 85, although he could have played many more. Making his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2013, Trifonov settled in New York. He has made recital appearances at major halls in many countries, including Wigmore Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, and the Salle Pleyel in Paris. His concerto credits include appearances with most of the world's top orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, and the Russian National Orchestra; his concerts draw an unusual amount of enthusiastic critical praise. For the 2018-2019 season, Trifonov served as artist-in-residence with the Berlin Philharmonic. He has been active as a composer, premiering his own Piano Concerto in Cleveland in 2014.