Watch: Daniil Trifonov Plays Debussy and Original Piece

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 - 10:00 PM

Pianist Daniil Trifonov warms up in the Greene Space. Pianist Daniil Trifonov warms up in the Greene Space. (Kim Nowacki/WQXR)

Daniil Trifonov came up through the ranks in the way that many aspiring pianists do: by studying hard and winning major competitions, notably the 2011 International Tchaikovsky and Arthur Rubinstein Competitions. But unlike many competition winners who either flame out and vanish from public view or fail to acquire momentum, Trifonov is building a promising career. And according to many critics and audiences, he has something unique to say.

The 22-year-old Moscow resident joined us early one recent morning to perform some Debussy and an original piece in The Greene Space. He’s currently in New York to give a recital at Carnegie Hall, one year after he made his debut on the hall’s main stage in a program of Scriabin, Liszt and Chopin (that performance was recorded and released this week by Deutsche Grammophon).

Jeff Spurgeon asked Trifonov how he prepares in the hours and minutes before a performance. "It's important to keep in shape," he said. "Very often I do yoga before a performance. I like the effect. It gives freedom for the hands."

Trifonov also says he's excited about the Winter Olympics in his native Russia – especially the hockey games. "I'm looking forward to a great event," he said.

Below: Trifonov plays Debussy:

Trifonov plays his own work, Rachmaniana:

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Comments [2]

Donald Wright from San Jose, CA

(I was a bit mystified by the reference to Daniil Trifonov as a "Moscow resident." I thought he lived in Cleveland, where he studies with Sergei Babayan.)

Feb. 10 2014 11:42 AM
Aurora from Bedford, NY

I was delighted to hear the live performance by Daniil Trifanov today. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity to hear Mr. Trifanov's exquisite and magical composition Rachmaniana, as well
as his artistic performance of the Debussy. I was captivated by the heartfelt and flowing quality of Mr. Trifanov's playing and the warmth and depth of sound he was able to create at the keyboard.

Feb. 06 2014 10:54 AM

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