Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Daniil Trifonov: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23

Daniil Trifonov, of Russia, performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, in A major (K.488) at the 13th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition Finals with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem, Avner Biron conducting. This took place at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 22, 2011. Each of the six finalists played a classical concerto. Trifonov won first prize, including a cheque for $25,000, at the 2011 competition.

The Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition was first held in September 1974, and is held every three years. Arthur Rubinstein, who was one of the jury members at the first two competitions, died in 1982. The next competition is scheduled for May 2014.

A point worth noting is that Russia continues to produce so many fine and talented classical pianists, in good times and in bad. Almost one-quarter (9 pianists) of the 37 pianists at this competition were from Russia, the most from any nation. The country is doing something right, at least musically when it comes to training pianists.