Pianist Daniil Trifonov Performs Bach, Beethoven and Liszt

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Daniil Trifonov, pianist Daniil Trifonov, pianist (Dario Acosta)

Every Tuesday night, we're re-broadcasting a concert from the 2014-15 season of Carnegie Hall Live. Tune in Tuesday, June 2 at 9 pm to relive Daniil Trifonov's recital from December 2014.

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov performs works by Bach, Beethoven and Liszt at Carnegie Hall. Along with our audio broadcast, a video stream of the performance will be available on this page provided by Medici.TV Trifonov's heavyweight program includes an arrangement of Bach’s Fantasy and Fugue for Organ, BWV 542, Beethoven’s monumental Piano Sonata, Op. 111 and Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes.

Now in his early 20s, Trifonov made a name for himself when he won both the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in 2011. He has since been a fixture of major concert halls around the world and in February 2013 he signed a recording deal with Deutsche Grammophon.

Co-hosting the broadcast are WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon and Tony-Award and multiple Emmy Award-winning star of stage and screen, David Hyde Pierce.


  • BACH Fantasy and Fugue for Organ in G Minor, BWV 542 (trans. for piano by Franz Liszt, S. 463)
  • BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
  • LISZT Transcendental Etudes, S. 139
  • MEDTNER "Alla Reminiscenza" from Forgotten Melodies I, Op. 38 (encore)

This concert was also available for live video streaming from Medici.TV. Watch the archive here:

Be sure to VOTE in our quiz and we'll reveal the answer at intermission:


The correct answer is: Josef Hofman.

We asked you to share your thoughts during the concert on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CHLive. Below is a collection of your tweets and photos.

Comments [8]

Bea amBach from Noank CT

Adding to JN from Missouri's remark about the snorting and coughing in the audience: how about the cell phone ringing at the end of the Beethoven sonata?! Maybe one can't suppress a tickle in one's throat. But one can surely set a phone to vibrate! Talk about unsophisticated!!

Dec. 27 2014 07:59 PM

Wow. With nary an organ in sight. Bachstock, indeed!


Dec. 11 2014 01:53 AM
Henri Genet from Chartres

Sorry, I meant Boris Giltburg, who won second price after Trifonov in the Rubinstein Comp and first price of Queen Elisabeth last year. A great rhapsode and brilliant virtuoso. So many artists can't sing any more and are nevertheless hyped like Trifo...

Dec. 10 2014 08:00 AM
Henri Genet from Chartres France

Wondeful, to be able to assist a Canegie event live from France.
Thx to WQXR, Medici tv and Canegie.

Trifonov has quick fingers, incredible grimaces but can't sing at all, too bad.

Not in a class with Horowitz, Giltgurg etc...

Dec. 09 2014 11:48 PM
Richard Kelso

Impressive playing and stage presence. His resemblance to the young Liszt is uncanny. The camera work was excellent. Thanks.

Dec. 09 2014 10:31 PM
JN from Missouri

Don't anyone tell me how sophisticated NYC audiences are. Do you hear all that snorting and coughing in the quiet passages?

Dec. 09 2014 10:09 PM
Frank Coffee from Manhattan

No one at WQXR has yet to realize that the name is stressed on the second syllable: tree-PHONE-off. Furthermore, you failed to ask the Carnegie archivist the most pertinent question of the evening: How many pianists have been able to pull off all twelve of the Transcendental Etudes in one sitting! Not many, I'd wager.

Dec. 09 2014 09:51 PM
Kathleen ruddy from Madison, NJ

An angel.

Dec. 09 2014 08:48 PM

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