Born in Russia and an alumnus of the Cleveland Institute of Music, pianist Daniil Trifonov has put down roots in a city that most of his large fan base wouldn’t necessarily associate with him: New York.
“I already felt comfortable here,” said Trifonov during a recent interview with the New York Times. “New York just felt like my kind of city.” Accordingly, he’s half-way through a season-long residency with the New York Philharmonic, where he has become a regular since his 2012 debut there.
He likes to limit his time on the road, since he “doesn’t like living out of a suitcase.” His latest tour brings him to Chicago for an SCP Piano recital March 1. Trifonov will perform an all-Bach program, but with several of JSB’s works arranged by later composers such as Brahms, Liszt and Rachmaninov.
In a concert preview for the Voice of Orange County, Peter Lefevre wrote, “Bach has also played a critical role in the pianist’s development. That says plenty about his communicative range. Brahms’ arrangement for left hand of Bach’s Chaconne in D Minor from the Partita in D Minor for unaccompanied violin places extreme demands on the performer’s precision, emotional transparency and capacity to hold a taut melodic line. Trifonov’s rendition – readily available online – shows compelling force, undergirded by a magisterial Baroque temperament.
“Closing the recital is Bach’s masterful The Art of Fugue. Published posthumously, it is an incomplete composition for unspecified instrumentation, representing Bach’s final thoughts on the compositional form that’s almost synonymous with him. There are also very few performance indications in the score, meaning performances are by definition highly personal, left to the musician’s interpretive vision and character. Expect the performance to reveal Trifonov’s full range of gifts.”