LSO Artist Portraits: Daniil Trifonov & Barbara Hannigan

A piano ‘virtuoso with a demonstrably prizewinning technique’ (New York Times), and a soprano turned conductor who is just ‘impossible to resist’ (Financial Times).

Daniil Trifonov

Daniil Trifinov

Winning a trio of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions in 2011 catapulted Daniil Trifonov onto the international stage, and his performances have continued to leave audiences and critics in awe of this 27-year-old who The Times have called ‘the most astounding pianist of our age’.

In addition to winning prizes at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw and the Rubenstein Competition in Tel Aviv, it was through winning both the First Prize and Grand Prix at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow that first brought Trifonov to London with the LSO. As part of his prize, he gained a concerto performance with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican alongside the then Competition President, Valery Gergiev. Audiences here got to see what had wowed the judges in Moscow as he performed Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.

Trifonov has performed with the Orchestra a number of times since then, in concertos by Glazunov and Chopin in 2013 and 2014 respectively, but a particular highlight remains the LSO’s 2015 BBC Prom in which he played both the First and Third Prokofiev Piano Concertos – a true feat of energy and dynamism that was ‘utterly beguiling’ (The Guardian). His 2018/19 Artist Portrait will show the many different sides to this incredible pianist, deepened in their performance diversity by being conducted by three of the LSO’s named conductors. In February, Trifonov joins Sir Simon Rattle in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, whilst June will see him joining Michael Tilson Thomas in Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto and Gianandrea Noseda in Shostakovich’s Concerto No 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings. There’s also the opportunity to see Trifonov perform in recital when on 10 June when he’ll play works by Beethoven and Prokofiev, among others.


Ravel Piano Concerto in G
with Sir Simon Rattle

> Sunday 17 February 2019


Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5
with Michael Tilson Thomas

> Sunday 2 June 2019


Solo piano recital

> Monday 10 June 2019


Shostakovich Concerto No 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings
with Gianandrea Noseda

> Sunday 16 June 2019


Barbara Hannigan
soprano and conductor

Barbara Hannigan

In a concert featuring one of her trademark pieces, Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan exploded on to the Barbican stage in January 2015 showing off her particular style of ‘insanely difficult pyrotechnics’ (Daily Telegraph). Her dramatic interpretation of Ligeti’s Chief of Police in Mysteries of the Macabre, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, left audiences with an experience they would never forget.

‘We’ve all known her for years as a completely fearless interpreter of new music for the voice, one of the most natural actresses on the opera stage and someone for whom nothing is too far.’ (Sir Simon Rattle)

Hannigan begins her LSO Artist Portrait in the 2018/19 season performing once again with the Orchestra’s Music Director in a work by Hans Abrahamsen – Let me tell you. A ‘half-hour tour de force’ according to Sir Simon, the work was commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic and written at the request of Barbara who gave the work’s premiere in 2013. Using text from musicologist Paul Griffiths’ novel of the same name, it follows Shakespeare’s Ophelia in Hamlet as she paints her own portrait of her tragic story.

Hannigan also includes conducting in her many talents, and this season presents an opportunity to see her not only directing the LSO, but also in both roles of soloist and conductor at the same time. In March she will sing Lulu’s lied from Berg’s opera whilst conducting it, as well as an arrangement by the artist herself of Gershwin’s Girl Crazy suite; alongside non-vocal works by Haydn and Ligeti. Sir Simon Rattle states, ‘I’m thrilled that she’ll make her conducting debut with the LSO in this season … so smart and so communicative, she’s an extraordinary musician’.


Abrahamsen Let me tell you
with Sir Simon Rattle

> Wednesday 9 January 2019


Abrahamsen, Sibelius, Nielsen
with Sir Simon Rattle

> Thursday 10 January 2019


Ligeti, Haydn, Berg, Gershwin

> Sunday 17 March 2019