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Romeo & Juliet

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 – 7:30 PM
Friday, November 10, 2017 – 10:45 AM
Saturday, November 11, 2017 – 8:00 PM
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Concert Description

Tchaikovsky’s portrayal of star-crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet has become an iconic theme immediately conjuring feelings of love and romance. Daniil Trifonov continues the lineage of Russian composers, performing his Piano Concerto in major concert venues across the globe to critical acclaim. The Los Angeles Times says, "Everywhere Trifonov goes, the story is pretty much the same with audiences and critics, he’s a sensation."

ConcerTalk 11/9 at 6:30 PM, 11/11 at 7 PM: Get the most out of each Classical concert with informal presentations in Orchestra Hall one hour before the performance begins. Enjoy special guests, lectures, or performances that illuminate the program and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the art of making music! This iteration features Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero.


Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor  Bio

Giancarlo Guerrero is the Music Director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and concurrently holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency. Mr. Guerrero holds degrees from Baylor and Northwestern universities. He was previously the Music Director of the Eugene Symphony in Oregon. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Guerrero served as Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he made his subscription debut in March 2000 leading the world premiere of John Corigliano’s Phantasmagoria on the Ghosts of Versailles. Prior to his tenure with the Minnesota Orchestra, he served as Music Director of the Táchira Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.

Daniil Trifonov, piano   Bio

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent to classical music stardom since winning First Prize at both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions in 2011 at the age of 20. The 2013-14 season is a banner one for the young pianist, and it includes the release of his debut album as an exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon. Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital coincides with his return to the celebrated New York venue. Further recital engagements take the pianist from Chicago to London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro, and a host of other international musical hotspots. In an extensive lineup of orchestral collaborations, he performs concertos by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Shostakovich, Chopin, and Mozart with nineteen of the world’s foremost orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Washington’s National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, and Rome’s Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

During the 2012-13 season Trifonov debuted with all “Big Five” orchestras – the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and Philadelphia Orchestra – and with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and London’s Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras, besides returning to the London Symphony and the Mariinsky Orchestra led by Valery Gergiev, and the Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev. He made solo recital debuts at Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Japan’s Suntory Hall, and the Salle Pleyel in Paris, and the summer brought further triumphs at the Verbier and Edinburgh Festivals and the pianist’s BBC Proms debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Recent recitals have taken Trifonov to the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Boston’s Celebrity Series, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Zurich’s Tonhalle, the Louvre in Paris, and the Seoul Arts Center.

As an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, Trifonov’s future plans with the label include recording Rachmaninoff’s complete piano concertos. His existing discography features a Chopin album for Decca and a recording of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra on the ensemble’s own label.

It was during the 2010-11 season that Trifonov won medals at three of the music world’s most prestigious competitions, taking Third Prize in Warsaw’s Chopin Competition, First Prize in Tel Aviv’s Rubinstein Competition, and both First Prize and Grand Prix in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition. Jury members and observers at these events included Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Van Cliburn, Emanuel Ax, Nelson Freire, Yefim Bronfman, and Gergiev, who personally awarded Trifonov the Moscow Grand Prix, an additional honor bestowed on the best overall competitor in any category.

Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1991, and having begun his musical training at the age of five, Trifonov went on to attend Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music as a student of Tatiana Zelikman, before pursuing his piano studies with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also studied composition, and continues to write music for piano, chamber, and orchestra.


TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo & Juliet Overture  
DANIIL TRIFONOV Piano Concerto  
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3