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Daniil Trifonov and His Teacher Dazzle With Dual Virtuosity

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By JAMES R. OESTREICHMARCH 2, 2018

Daniil Trifonov, the 26-year-old Russian pianist, composer and budding superstar, has made intriguing choices for his Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall this season. Last month he proved a sympathetic yet strong collaborator with the baritone Matthias Goerne in Schubert's song cycle "Die Schöne Müllerin": The demeaning term "accompanist" never came to mind. But perhaps the most touching evening in the series came on Thursday at Zankell Hall, in a two-piano recital Mr. Trifonov shared with his teacher, Sergei Babayan.

Mr. Trifonov gave the lead to the Armenian-born Mr. Babayan, now an American citizen living in New York who maintains an active international performing career. It is certainly true that not every teacher could hope to hold his own technically in combination with a student as precious as Mr. Trifonov. But the firepower they achieved together is rare among piano duos.

PHOTO: Credit Pete Checchia

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