You could have seen it coming a mile off….
Daniil Trifonov, the biggest Russian winner of the Tchaikovsky competition in years, signed today to Deutsche Grammophon.
This is good for Daniil, but it’s also a godsend for DG who have yet to get over Lang Lang’s defection to Sony (it’s counter-intuitive, you see: pianists aren’t meant to walk out on DG). Daniil will pump up the confidence once more. They won’t say what he’s going to record first, but conductors will be queuing up to have their name on it. My money’s on Thielemann for the concerto debut.
Here’s the PR stuff:
YOUNG RUSSIAN “LISZT” SIGNS TO HISTORIC YELLOW LABEL
Young Russian piano sensation Daniil Trifonov has announced a new recording partnership with the 115-year old Berlin-based classical label, Deutsche Grammophon.
Described by The Washington Post as “an heir to Liszt”, the dynamic young Russian has been hailed around the world for his breathtaking virtuosity and the intense, inspired originality of his musical interpretations. In the line of great Russian piano virtuosos, from Horowitz to Richter to Kissin, critical opinion is unanimous: Daniil Trifonov is “The Next One” – THE Russian pianist-poet for the 21st Century.
Winner of the Grand Prix, First Prize and a Gold Medal in the 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2011, and following performance debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Orchestra, twenty-one year old Trifonov has already made a lasting impression on piano connoisseurs around the world. No less an authority than the great Martha Argerich herself says of Trifonov “He has everything – and more. What he does with his hands is technically incredible. It’s also his touch – he has tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that.”
Currently resident in New York to give his February 5threcital debut in the world’s most famous concert venue, the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Trifonov said: “The highest musical ideals I strove for from childhood were embodied by Deutsche Grammophon and its association with such names as Vladimir Horowitz and Martha Argerich; to be part of this tradition is for musicians a stage for posterity, and for me the greatest possible honor.”
Trifonov’s Carnegie Hall recital debut is bound to be a landmark event. In the past thirty years, Deutsche Grammophon has bestowed the honour of a live Carnegie Hall recording on only two other pianists: Mikhail Pletnev and Lang Lang. Trifonov joins this elite company, sensationally, for his very first recording on the Yellow Label. As Vice President of Artists and Repertoire, Ute Fesquet, commented: “Ever since his performance in the finals of the last International Chopin Competition we have been closely following the breathtaking development of Daniil Trifonov. His complete dedication to music making, the wide range of colours and pure beauty of his playing are irresistible. We are convinced of his extraordinary talent and are delighted to welcome Daniil to the DG family.”
Daniil Trifonov’s debut album on Deutsche Grammophon is set for global release later this year.