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On Thursday, Daniil Trifonov walked onto the stage with the Houston Symphony with a full beard - and gave a full-bearded performance. This was not some young hotshot but rather an artist beginning to find deeper, more mature ways to approach music beyond technical precocity. Trifonov is Gramophone's 2016 Artist of the Year and the winner of Tel Aviv's Rubinstein Competition, Moscow's Tchaikovsky Competition and the Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Instrumental Soloist in Italy. This is what it's like to be a pianist or violinist in the musical meritocracy. There are champions like Trifonov, and then there are the rest. And those who emerge as the new names to watch tend to be virtuosic soloists - modern Franz Liszts such as Lang Lang who embody not just musicality but showmanship and celebrity.  READ THE FULL Houston Chronicle REVIEW