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Ahead of a BBC Proms appearance Daniil Trifonov Interviews with Financial Times

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Onstage he comes across like a veteran: someone who never fails to hypnotise his audience, who unearths more colours in one bar than many pianists find in an entire piece. Five years on from winning the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein International Piano competitions back to back, Daniil Trifonov, 25, plays like someone twice his age.

So the conversation turns to his next UK appearance: a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No 21 in C major with the Staatskapelle Dresden and conductor Christian Thielemann at the BBC Proms on September 7. To some, it may seem an interesting choice of repertoire for Trifonov, whose fire-throwing musical temperament is arguably at odds with classical restraint. And he is quick to comment on the challenges of playing Mozart: "You are completely naked in this music; there is so much transparency and it is very easy to notice when something emotionally fake happens."

READ THE Financial Times INTERVIEW