Daniil Trifonov presents nine world premieres by Shostakovich


By Ellie Palmer

03 July 2020

Trifonov, alongside Yulianna Avdeeva and Dmitry Masleev, will premiere a selection of Shostakovich pieces online on Sunday 5 July as part of the prestigious Internationale Schostakowitsch Tage Gohrisch’s Festival programme.

The Festival, which is dedicated to celebrate the Russian composer, will take place this year in virtual form thanks to a partnership with MDR, ARTE and Deutsche Grammophon.

In spring this year the Festival had to be cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, but it has now been confirmed that a major part of the Festival programme will be presented online this Sunday.

The livestream will be a truly global event as the three performers come together from three different continents: Yulianna Avdeeva will play from Gohrisch at the Hotel Albrechtshof, where Dmitri Shostakovich composed his eighth string quartet in 1960. Dmitry Masleev joins the livestream from the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow and Daniil Trifonov from his home in Greenwich, Connecticut.

This Shostakovich – Discoveries global event is produced by the German public broadcaster MDR in cooperation with ARTE and Deutsche Grammophon and will become available on Sunday 5th July, 8pm CEST on ARTE CONCERT, on Radio and on the Festival’s website. In addition, the livestream will also be available globally on the Deutsche Grammophon YouTube Channel.

Tobias Niederschlag, Artistic Director of the Festival, says, “We would have loved to offer a Festival programme with concerts in front of a live audience, but this livestream provides a spectacular alternative for music lovers all over the world. We’re very grateful to the artists and our partners MDR and Deutsche Grammophon, who have made this project possible.”

Trifonov appeared on the cover of issue 79 of Pianist.

Below are the livestream viewing options: