“Last night I listened to him again on YouTube – he has everything and more. What he does with his hands is technically incredible. It’s also his touch – he has tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that.”
Martha Argerich interview - Financial Times, July 8, 2011
"A pianist for the rest of our lives"
"This is a major artist, phenomenally gifted and almost fully formed, with fresh ideas and a winning stage presence that is quite irresistible from the moment he bounds through the door and sits at the keyboard, unable to contain his need to share."
Slipped Disc - Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds - March 15, 2012
"Mr. Trifonov has scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair. He is also a thoughtful artist ... he can play with soft-spoken delicacy, not what you associate with competition conquerors."
Anthony Tommasini - The New York Times, July 29, 2011
"Every note he touched was pure gold... Compelling, radiant, every gesture in the music lovingly communicated, directly and with perfect naturalness, artfully but without artifice."
Timothy Gilligan - New York Concert Review Inc., June 2011
"Keep your ears open for his name. This is a major star on the horizon."
Straight.com, May 2011
"His performance was fundamentally reserved and inward, but with abundant colour and imaginative, subtle effects. This was playing rich in insight and intensity."
The Vancouver Sun, May 2011
"Daniil Trifonov is a Magician of the Piano"
Polskatimes, October 2010
"the extremely talented and sensitive Daniil Trifonov"
The Warsaw Voice, October 2010
"... Only 18 years old, he's one of the most talented pianists in the international scenario..."
Amadeusonline, January 2010
"... A true power of nature! he seems at home with the exceptional difficulties of this score [Prokofiev Concerto n.3]... Triumphal ovations to this young pianist-composer"
Proslambanomenos, January 2010
"... The great surprise has been the maturity, completeness, intensity, 'great pianism' of Daniil Trifonov ... so pale, apparently slender but so athletic on the keyboard, in the percussive assaults and in the bright acrobatics of Prokofiev 3 - another great pianist - and in the encore, a very hard Scriabin played with an overwhelming energy ..."
La Provincia di Sondrio, November 2008
"... He plays stooped on the keyboard in a state of complete rapture which doesn't allow intrusions. 'Talent’ is just a word and is not enough to describe what you hear. ‘Artistry’ doesn’t tell his emotional depth … ”
S.M.RTV, September 2008
"... an absolute dominance of the keyboard and a pianism highly mature ..." San Marino News, September 2008