At 24, young virtuoso Daniil Trifonov has already conquered most of the Russian piano repertoire. But he’s just recently gotten around to Rachmaninov.

On his current tour, which brings him to Symphony Center for concerts April 16-18 and 21 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under Semyon Bychkov, he will perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1. “It is strange that this concerto is not as popular as Nos. 2 and 3,” said Trifonov, who’s recording the Rachmaninov piano concerto cycle for Deutsche Grammophon, in an interview with Playbill Arts. “Rachmaninov himself considered it to be his best. It is full of fresh, original ideas.

“It is one of the most intriguing of Rachmaninov’s works in terms of its harmonic language, and it has this very rich, intense and eloquent dialogue between the soloist and the orchestra.”

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