Arts & Entertainment: Hats Off To Winners Of Tchaikovsky Prize


Russia Today
Sept 27 2011

Three prize-winners of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition
have given a performance with the London Symphony Orchestra under
Maestro Valery Gergiev at London’s Barbican Hall.

The long-awaited event, featuring South Korean soprano Sun Young
Seo, Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan and Russian pianist Daniil
Trifonov, impressed the British media which reported that the “gala
concert was the first chance London has had to see the results”
of the famous Russian Competition.

One of the reviewers, a music expert with The Guardian, was quoted
as saying that it was a case of “hats off” to Maestro Gergiev for his
“recent efforts to clean up and repackage classical music’s legendary
Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition.”

An online source,, dubbed the gala concert of works
by Tchaikovsky as a dazzling prelude to the start of the new season
at the Barbican Hall. The music critic described Russia’s virtuoso
pianist Daniil Trifonov as a “quixotic musician, attack-minded” and
“exploiting a wide range of volume and touch.”

According to The Times, Daniil Trifonov gave a “first-class
performance” with “showmanship without ostentatious theatrics, and a
generous willingness,” thus letting Gergiev and the London Symphony
Orchestra “take the lead where the music required it.”

After their big London success, Daniil Trifonov and Narek Hakhnazaryan
will give several performances in St. Petersburg, at the Concert Hall
of the Mariinsky Theatre, on October 21 and 26.

A series of Performances by Prize-Winners of the XIV Tchaikovsky
Competition will also feature recitals by pianist Seong Jin Cho and
cellist Edgar Moreau.

From: Baghdasarian