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Daniil Trifonov premieres new piano concerto / review

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Even having seen it, one cannot quite believe it. Such is the artistry of pianist-composer Daniil Trifonov.

Much as Prokofiev's earliest listeners were surely stunned, so was a house full of benefactors Wednesday night in Kulas Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music staggered by Trifonov's titanic premiere of his own First Piano Concerto.

A student at CIM and a world-class soloist, Trifonov was commissioned by the school to pen and perform a concerto as part of an effort to spawn a new generation of composer virtuosos. It was this work, the artist's largest creation to date, the pianist presented Wednesday with the CIM Orchestra and conductor Joel Smirnoff. READ THE FULL REVIEW.