“He has everything and more… He has tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that.” These words were spoken by legendary pianist Martha Argerich about Daniil Trifonov, shortly after his winning performance at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition. Argerich’s praise for the young Russian pianist has since been validated by numerous performances with the world’s most esteemed orchestras and venues, as well as recognition as Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year and two Grammy nominations. An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, Trifonov is consistently recognized for his diabolical yet elegant technique and transcendent artistry.
For his 2018 Festival appearance, Trifonov traverses the 20th century, playing a seminal work from each decade. The cultural and political tumult of the 20th century shook up the musical establishment, generating styles and structures that challenged traditional notions of rhythm, tonality and energy — and paved the way for the new sounds we hear today.
Trifonov’s 2018 Festival performance not only highlights the idiosyncrasies of composers like Berg, Ligeti, Stockhausen, John Adams and others, but also the vast connections and patterns among them.
Dalton Center Recital Hall
Van De Giessen Rd #3001, Kalamazoo
April 29, 2 p.m., $15–$35