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Daniil Trifonov shows it all@Royal Festival Hall / theguardian

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From agile thoroughbred to bucking bronco, gawky puppet to noble athlete, careworn sage to innocent child, Daniil Trifonov's playing has it all. The young Russian superstar pianist – not another of those you might think, eyes rolling – played to a packed Royal Festival Hall on Thursday as soloist in the Philharmonia Orchestra's series of Rachmaninov's works for piano and orchestra. It was my first encounter with him live. He is, no other word, a phenomenon. Like Rachmaninov, he is both a dazzling pianist and a composer. Born in 1991 in Nizhniy Novgorod, he gave his first concert at eight, apparently losing one of his baby teeth mid-performance. At 24, a multiple international prize-winner, he leaves you struggling for superlatives.

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