You might be forgiven if you think Daniil Trifonov wants to play at your prom…

The Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, 25, born in Nizhny Novgorod, gave his first performance with an orchestra at the age of eight, losing a milk tooth mid-performance, and went to Moscow’s famous Gnessin School of Music before moving to America to study. Five years ago, already widely heralded as the pianist of the future, he won both the Rubinstein and the Tchaikovsky piano competitions. Trifonov is the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21 in C major with the Staatskapelle Dresden and conductor Christian Thielemann at the Proms on Wednesday. His new disc of Liszt’s complete concert Études is out next month.

What is your feeling about the Proms, its audience, the Royal Albert Hall?I’m looking forward to it so much. I’ve played there before. It’s great to be on stage facing such an overwhelming – in a good way! – crowd. And it’s a unique audience because those at the front in the arena are standing. It’s a very interesting atmosphere for an artist to experience. Perhaps the fact that they are on their feet means they are listening differently! In fact I myself would like to stand and prom one day. I like to be on my feet, not sitting, when I listen to my recordings, and I walk around a little too, and make certain gesticulations…

You might be a bad and distracting audience member then? Prommers are famously still when they listen.Yes, I’d have to make sure I stayed at the back.

You’ve just got engaged… tell us one thing about your fiancee.Well, she is not American. And she is not Russian. She’s Dominican. And a musician, working in the business.

Who will play the piano at your wedding?Ah, that’s all still in the works. We have time to think. It’s an impossible question right now!


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