UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year Daniil Trifonov, piano, performing Debussy, Prokofiev, Brahms and more, Saturday, April 30th at 7:00 p.m. at Campbell Hall


  • UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Daniil Trifonov, piano
  • Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year
  • Returns following his 2020 Santa Barbara debut anchored by Prokofiev’s Sarcasms and Debussy’s Pour le Piano
  • Trifonov won medals at three of the music world’s most prestigious competition:, Warsaw’s Chopin Competition, Tel Aviv’s Rubinstein Competition and Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition
  • This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative
  • Saturday, April 30th / 7:00 p.m. Pacific / Campbell Hall
  • $35 – $50 : General Public / $10: All Students (Current student ID required)
  • Health & Safety: Proof of full vaccination (including booster, when eligible) is required for all attendees. Visit for updates and further details.
  • Tickets/Info: (805) 893-3535,  
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UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year, Daniil Trifonov, piano on Saturday, April 30th at 7:00 p.m. at Campbell Hall. The performance is part of the CREATING HOPE programming initiative.

Grammy Award-winning Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov combines consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, and his performances are a perpetual source of awe. Named Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year, Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent of the classical music world as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator and composer. He returns following his brilliant 2020 Santa Barbara debut with a tempestuous program anchored by Prokofiev’s Sarcasms and Debussy’s Pour le Piano.


Szymanowski: Sonata No. 3, op. 36

Debussy: Pour le Piano, L. 95

Prokofiev: Sarcasms

Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in F minor, op. 5



“Without question the most astounding young pianist of our age.” The London Times

“Few artists have burst onto the classical music scene in recent years with the incandescence of the pianist Daniil Trifonov” The New York Times


Grammy Award-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov (dan-EEL TREE-fon-ov) – Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year – has made a spectacular ascent of the classical music world, as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe. “He has everything and more … tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that,” marveled pianist Martha Argerich. With Transcendental, the Liszt collection that marked his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, Trifonov won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo Album of 2018. As The Times of London notes, he is “without question the most astounding pianist of our age.”

In October of 2021, Trifonov released Bach: The Art of Life on Deutsche Grammophon, including The Art of Fugue with the pianist’s own completion of the final contrapunctus, selections from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, music by four of Johann Sebastian’s sons, two pieces known to have been Bach family favorites, and more. He tours a recital program in the 2021-22 season centered on The Art of Fugue in Europe, and a second program in the U.S. of Prokofiev, Szymanowski, Debussy and Brahms. Brahms’s First Piano Concerto serves as the vehicle for appearances with the Dallas Symphony led by Fabio Luisi and Philharmonia Zurich under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda, and with Rome’s Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia led by Antonio Pappano he performs Mozart’s Ninth “Jeunehomme” Piano Concerto on a European tour. He also performs all five of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos in various combinations with eight different orchestras: the New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Toronto Symphony. Balancing out these staples of the repertoire, Trifonov gives the world premiere performances of Mason Bates’s new Piano Concerto, composed for him during the pandemic, with the co-commissioning Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, before reprising the piece in the spring with the New Jersey Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, and the other co-commissioner, the San Francisco Symphony. 

Highlights of recent seasons include a multi-faceted, season-long tenure as 2019-20 Artist-in-Residence of the New York Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden, featuring the New York premiere of Trifonov’s own Piano Quintet, and a seven-concert, season-long Carnegie Hall “Perspectives” series, crowned by a performance of the pianist’s own Piano Concerto with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. Trifonov played Tchaikovsky’s First under Riccardo Muti in the historic gala finale of the Chicago Symphony’s 125th-anniversary celebrations; launched the New York Philharmonic’s 2018-19 season; headlined complete Rachmaninoff concerto cycles at the New York Philharmonic’s Rachmaninoff Festival and with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic; undertook season-long residencies with the Berlin Philharmonic and at Vienna’s Musikverein, where he appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic and gave the Austrian premiere of his own Piano Concerto; and headlined the Berlin Philharmonic’s famous New Year’s Eve concert under Sir Simon Rattle. Since making solo recital debuts at Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Japan’s Suntory Hall, and Paris’s Salle Pleyel in 2012-13, Trifonov has given solo recitals at venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington DC; Boston’s Celebrity Series; London’s Barbican, Royal Festival and Queen Elizabeth Halls; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw (Master Piano Series); Berlin’s Philharmonie; Munich’s Herkulessaal; Bavaria’s Schloss Elmau; Zurich’s Tonhalle; the Lucerne Piano Festival; the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Théâtre des Champs Élysées and Auditorium du Louvre in Paris; Barcelona’s Palau de la Música; Tokyo’s Opera City; the Seoul Arts Center; and Melbourne’s Recital Centre.

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This is a moment that calls for Optimism, Resilience, Courage and Vision.

Santa Barbara needs Hope, and Arts & Lectures is uniquely positioned to respond.

A&L’s 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative has already inspired our community with presentations by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, chef José Andrés and author Anne Lamott. We will continue to inspire, through shared experiences with thought leaders, creative problem solvers and arts visionaries who will guide us forward. CREATING HOPE programs strengthen human connection, promote emotional well-being, joy and compassion, and envision positive change. Learn more about the CREATING HOPE:


Founded in 1959, UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) is the largest and most influential arts and lectures organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A&L annually presents more than a hundred public events, from critically acclaimed concerts and dance performances by world-renowned artists to talks by groundbreaking authors and film series at UCSB and Santa Barbara-area venues. With a mission to “educate, entertain and inspire,” A&L also oversees an outreach program that brings visiting artists and speakers into local classrooms and other venues for master classes, open rehearsals, discussions and more, serving K-12 students, college students and the general public.  


Daniil Trifonov, piano is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures in association with the UCSB Department of Music.

The performance is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative.

$35 – $50 : General Public / $10: All Students (Current student ID required)

For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or visit

UCSB Arts & Lectures gratefully acknowledges our Community Partners the Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli for their generous support of the 2021-2022 season.

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