Daniil Trifonov

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

What is it about the Russian way of teaching students how to play piano? There are a lot of amazing examples such as Vladimir Horowitz, Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, and more recently Yevgeny Kissin. And now…. We have Aniil Trifonov!

Listen to a few samples of Trifonov’s performances from my Spotify playlist:


At age 21, Daniil Trifonov has won the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (Gold Medal). Conductor Valery Gergiev personally awarded Trifonov the ‘Grand Prix’ in Moscow, an additional award given to the best overall competitor in any category of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

On this CD, we get to hear the following:


  • Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60


  • Erlkönig, S558 No. 4 (after Schubert D328)
  • Fruhlingsglaube, S557c
  • Die Forelle, S564
  • Auf dem Wasser zu singen, S558 No. 2 (from Schubert D774)
  • Die Stadt – Mässig Geschwindt (No. 1 from Schwanengesang, S560, after Schubert)
  • Widmung S566 after Schumann (Liebeslied)


  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
  • Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev
  • Un poco di Chopin, Op. 72, No. 15

Performed by Daniil Trifonov (piano)

On his first Mariinsky recording, Trifonov joins Valery Gergiev for a memorable performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto Number 1. He also presents a selection of recital repertoire including music by Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Liszt transcriptions of works Schubert and Schumann.

London’s Observer wrote in August 2012:

“Trifonov’s combination of delicacy and fire leaves an indelible impression in this debut recording with the Mariinsky. The Tchaikovsky, scorching and heart-rending but never bombastic, is paired with solo Liszt transcriptions”

Here is Daniil Trifonov, Chopin: 12 Etudes, op. 25:



And here is the Tchaikovsky – Concerto №1 – played by Daniil Trifonov:



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