Grammy Award-winning Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov – who made his Koerner Hall debut in 2013 – has made a spectacular ascent of the classical music world as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe. “He has everything and more … tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that,” marveled pianist Martha Argerich. Trifonov recently added a first Grammy Award to his already considerable string of honours, winning Best Instrumental Solo Album of 2018 with Transcendental, a double album of Liszt’s works that marks his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist. As The Times of London notes, he is “without question the most astounding pianist of our age.”
This concert is part of The Royal Conservatory’s two-season Beethoven 250 Festival.
Alexander Scriabin: 8 Etudes, op. 42
Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 9 in F Major, op. 68 (“Black Mass”)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, op. 110
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat Major, op. 84
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