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October 20, 2016



GRAMOPHONE ARTIST OF THE YEAR DANIIL TRIFONOV RETURNS TO HOUSTON

Nov. 3, 5-6, 2016

HOUSTON (Oct. 20, 2016) – Recently voted Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year, pianist Daniil Trifonov will appear with the Houston Symphony for Trifonov Plus Rachmaninoff at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 and 5 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Jones Hall. The 25-year-old Russian piano sensation will perform Schumann’s lyrical Piano Concerto before Andrés Orozco-Estrada leads the orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s lush Symphony No. 2.

In 2011, Trifonov began his ascent in the classical music world after winning first prize at both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein international competitions at the age of 20. Since then, he has joined the New York Philharmonic’s Board of Directors, been nominated twice for a Grammy Award, signed an exclusive recording contract with the Deutsche Grammophon label and performed with the world’s leading orchestras. Described as “the most astounding young pianist of our age” by London Times’ senior music critic, Trifonov has been praised by media worldwide for his incredible talent.­

“I think we have the perfect soloist for the Schumann Piano Concerto in Daniil Trifonov,” said Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada. “He’s interesting in many ways – he’s very young, which gives him power and energy, but he’s also very mature. He’s a genius in a way, like Schumann was. I’m very happy to welcome Daniil back to Houston and experience performing with him for the first time.”

After intermission, the orchestra will spotlight one of Tchaikovsky’s greatest masterpieces, his Symphony No. 2. Lushly scored and joyful in tone, the piece has been well-received since its premiere in 1872.

The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.

TRIFONOV PLUS RACHMANINOFF 
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, at 2:30 p.m.
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Schumann: Piano Concerto
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2
Tickets from $25

ABOUT DANIIL TRIONOV

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent in the world of classical music since winning the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions at age 20. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe.
            This season brings the release of Transcendental. The double album is his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist and the first time Liszt’s complete concert etudes have been recorded in full for the label. He was recently awarded Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year award and has received his second Grammy Award nomination with Rachmaninoff Variations. He performs Rachmaninoff for his debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, in addition to the Munich Philharmonic’s “Rachmaninoff Cycle” tour. An accomplished composer, Daniil reprises his own acclaimed concerto in Kansas City; and he maintains a busy recital schedule, including duo recitals with his former teacher, pianist Sergei Babayan.
            Last season, in addition to headlining the prestigious Nobel Prize Concert and performing with some of the world’s leading orchestras, he undertook residencies in Lugano, Switzerland, and at London’s Wigmore Hall.
            In 2013–14, he released Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital, the pianist’s first recording as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist. Recorded at his sold-out Carnegie Hall recital debut, the album scored both an ECHO Klassik Award and a Grammy nomination. Besides the similarly Grammy-nominated Rachmaninoff Variations, recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, his discography features a Chopin album for Decca and a recording of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra.
            During the 2010–11 season, Daniil won medals at three of the music world’s most prestigious competitions: Third Prize in Warsaw’s Chopin Competition, First Prize in Tel Aviv’s Rubinstein Competition, and First Prize and Grand Prix in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Instrumental Soloist by Italy’s foremost music critics.
            Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1991, Daniil began his musical training at age 5. He attended Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music. He also has studied composition and continues to write for piano, chamber ensemble and orchestra. 

ABOUT THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY

During the 2016-17 season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its third season with Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $33.9 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians and 4 community-embedded musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances for 400,000 people, including 97,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.

MEDIA CONTACTS:           

Vanessa Astros: (713) 337-8560,
vanessa.astros@houstonsymphony.org

Lorena Cozzari: (713) 337-8548,
lorena.cozzari@houstonsymphony.org          

Kristen Bennett: (713) 337-8557,
kristen.bennett@houstonsymphony.org

 

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