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Daniil Trifonov Live from Carnegie Hall

Daniil Trifonov, c. Dario Acosta

With an exclusive recording contract on Deutsche Grammophon, and engagements with the world’s top orchestras, one would think Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov was beyond taking piano lessons. He’s not. That is, he’s not one to miss opportunities to grow and expand his abilities, which are formidable, in spite of a hectic touring schedule. Composition is an important area of expression

Shostakovich as a “Calling Card”

Atrium

The pairing of performers and compatriot composers is such a satisfying notion (like having a French meal at l’Ecole Le Cordon Bleu Paris) that in a field crowded with artists carving out an identity, it happens a lot. It almost seems cliché for a Russian quartet to focus on Shostakovich – except so many reviewers

Champion Plays Ravinia

DenisMatsuevCollage

He calls Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin “a big friend of mine.” His heroes are Vladimir Horowitz and star hockey center Sergei Fedorov. Russian pianist Denis Matsuev, who has “epic technique” according to the Boston Globe, is not shy about talking sports. In a 2009 Impromptu, he told WFMT that as a youth in Siberia, he could hardly be kept indoors. He played either soccer or ice hockey “about seven hours a day. Music was second.” Speaking with a gentle Russian growl, he laughs

Ongoing Debate: Does Music Have Meaning or Not?

Igor Stravinsky

Do you think music has meaning?

Music can move you; music can make you want to move. For most listeners, it’s a simple transaction. There are those who look deeper into our relationship to music, however, and wonder why it affects us so. Igor Stravinsky was one of them. Not always inclined to subtlety