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In 2011, when he was 20, the Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov took the top prize in two prestigious international piano competitions: the Arthur Rubinstein in Israel and the Tchaikovsky in Russia. Now 25, he continues to astonish audiences with his technically prodigious, insightful and imaginative playing. He comes to Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 7, with a rich and challenging recital program: Schumann's "Kinderszenen," Toccata and "Kreisleriana"; five of Shostakovich's Preludes and Fugues; and Stravinsky's Three Movements from "Petrouchka." 

Trifonov's new Deutsche Grammophon recording - Transcendental is the pianists visionary interpretations of Liszt's concert Études in one concentrated period, within the space of five days, "Liszt's technical virtuosity is just a means to evoke extremes of emotion," observes Trifonov. "His daring harmonic and structural innovations revealed new horizons for emotional and psychological expression in music. His compositions can be described as dynamic depictions of the spiritual experiences of a Romantic soul."           PHOTO: Christopher Smith for The New York Times

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