At the ripe old age of 20, pianist Daniil Trifonov is simply one of the greatest young concert artists in the world, and his performance at the Wortham Center on February 22, will inaugurate SPA’s brand new Young Concert Artists Series. During the 2010-11 season he won medals at three of the most prestigious competitions in the music world: the Chopin Competition in Warsaw (Bronze Medal), the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv (First Prize) and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (Gold Medal). During these performances, he impressed jury members and observers such as Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Van Cliburn, Nelson Freire, Yefim Bronfman and Valery Gergiev. In fact, the judges at the Tchaikovsky Competition were so moved that Gergiev personally awarded Trifonov the “Grand Prix,” an additional award given to the best overall competitor in any of that Competition's categories.
Following these accolades, Trifonov was invited to perform by many major presenters worldwide during the 2011-12 season, including SPA. We can only imagine how highly sought-after he truly is, and we count ourselves extremely fortunate to be presenting him this early in his career! Alongside his Houston debut, he will perform for the first time with the London Symphony Orchestra and Mariinsky Orchestra with Gergiev, Israel Philharmonic with Mehta and the Warsaw Philharmonic with Antoni Wit this season, as well as collaborate with such conductors as Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Sir Neville Marriner, Pietari Inkinen and Eivind Gullberg-Jensen.
What a program he has in store for us!
LISZT Frühlingsglaube from 12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S. 558
LISZT Die Stadt, S. 560, No. 1, arr. from Franz Schubert's Schwanengesang, D. 957, No. 11
SCHUBERT Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960
DEBUSSY Images, Book 1
CHOPIN Études, Op. 10