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Newly elected NY Phil board member Daniil Trifonov plays sold out David Geffen Hall / New York Times

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Not every new board member of the New York Philharmonic gets to celebrate his or her ascendance by playing Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto to a full house at David Geffen Hall. And thank goodness for that. Yet scarcely had the orchestra announced on Tuesday that the 24-year-old Russian virtuoso Daniil Trifonov, elected on Nov. 13, would join the board, than Mr. Trifonov took the stage for a blistering account of Rachmaninoff's ultimate pianistic challenge. This program, which also included that composer's great "Symphonic Dances," is the last in the Philharmonic's three-week Rachmaninoff festival, mounted largely to give Mr. Trifonov "a significant chunk of real estate," as Alan Gilbert, the orchestra's music director, says on its website.

Mr. Gilbert adds, of Mr. Trifonov's risk-taking: "You feel like you're almost going off the rails, but he totally knows what he's doing."

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