It has often been pointed out that a competition victory does not mean as much these days as it once did. Or more precisely, that a big win does not necessarily launch a solo career. Then again, when you pick up three wins in a single year, and have backers like the Russian dynamo Valery Gergiev, people start to notice.
That is the case with Daniil Trifonov, the young Russian pianist debuting this week with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Trifonov placed third at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, first at the Rubinstein in Tel Aviv, and first in the famed Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Now he’s a hot property, making the rounds to most of the major orchestras and releasing his first recordings.