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Daniil Trifonov & Sergei Babayan Present First Piano Duo On Series Since 1982

October 6, 2016

On Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 8PM, in Princeton University Concerts’ first two-piano evening since 1982, winner of both the Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky International Piano Competitions Daniil Trifonov, and his teacher, the prominent Armenian pianist Sergei Babayan, will present four 19th-century masterpieces by Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, and Sergei Rachmaninoff at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. A pre-concert talk given by Ruth Ochs at 7PM is free to ticketholders.

The following morning, Trifonov and Babayan will share insights into piano-ensemble repertoire when they coach talented Princeton University student pianists in a workshop at 9:30 AM at Richardson Auditorium, free and open to all. As part of the new Performers as Teachers series, this class is an opportunity to learn directly from the artists as they shed light on the process of preparing multi-piano works and the art of piano chamber music. The workshop will offer anyone, regardless of any experience with piano music, a fascinating peek into what happens before pianists—particularly piano ensembles—take the stage. The Performers as Teachers series will continue in March and April 2017 with workshops led by violinist Rainer Schmidt of the Hagen String Quartet, and violinist Pamela Frank.

25-year-old Trifonov has in record time made the transition from competition wunderkind to one of the most respected and established piano virtuosos of our time. Recently hailed as the Gramophone Artist of the Year 2016, he has performed with virtually all of the leading orchestras around the world and in the five years since bursting into the spotlight has already made debuts at the most prestigious concert venues in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. While maintaining his full touring schedule, Trifonov still finds the time to continue his studies at The Cleveland Institute of Music with Babayan. In this rare appearance together, the duo will allow us to witness the cherished passing of music from one generation to the next right before our eyes.

WHEN: Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 8PM
Workshop with Trifonov and Babayan coaching Princeton Students: Friday, October 28, 2016 at 9:30AM, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

WHAT: SCHUMANN: Andante and Variations in B-flat Major, Op. 46
SCHUBERT: Fantasie in F minor for Piano Four Hands, D. 940
BRAHMS: Hungarian Dances WoO. 1
RACHMANINOFF: Two Suites for Two Pianos
WHERE: Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University
TICKETS: $50, $40, $25 General; $10 Students. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office. VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY.

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Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk
Phone:  609-258-6024