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When Daniil Trifonov made it to the final round of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, he had a tough choice to make. Like several of his competitors, Trifonov had been practicing Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, a piece known for wowing judges with its bombastic difficulty. At the last minute, however, he opted to play an understated Chopin concerto instead, and his thoughtful performance won first place.

What triggered the change of heart?

"I felt that I needed a bit more experience with other Rachmaninoff music before I could understand his third concerto," he says. "Everything has its time."

That time is now. Trifonov, 24, is playing the legendary "Rach 3" in major concert halls worldwide, including three performances with the National Symphony Orchestra this weekend at the Kennedy Center.  

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