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All it took was one live performance from Daniil Trifonov to resoundingly validate why he is the current Big Thing of the piano world / STAGEANDCINEMA

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All it took was one live performance from Daniil Trifonov (dan-EEL TREE-fon-ov) to resoundingly validate for me why he is the current Big Thing of the piano world. The Liszt-like master's rendition of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (followed by a jaw-dropping encore of Stravinsky's Firebird for piano) convinced me that this is a pianist for the ages.

And as if I needed more validation, he was equally astounding setting fire to the ivories performing Rachmaninov's First Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. And it was the young master who kept me rapt during a recital with violinist Gidon Kremer. Then, combining flawless demonic skill with a fierce tenderness, his piano recital at Disney Hall was the greatest display of piano pyrotechnics I have ever seen.

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