Jan 11, Daniil Trifonof Plays Brahms: Pre-Concert Review @Toronto

Concert Diary
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I’m excited to share that I’ll be attending the concert of Daniil Trifonov, Gustavo Gimeno, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) on Thursday, January 11 in Toronto.

This marks my first concert experience in Toronto♪ and it’s even more thrilling because it features the highly anticipated pianist, Daniil Trifonov.

Daniil Trifonov x Gustavo Gimeno x TSO

Daniil Trifonov (Piano)

At the tender age of 19, Trifonov achieved the remarkable feat of winning the 3rd prize in the 2010 Chopin International Competition, followed by consecutive victories at the Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky International Competitions in 2011.

Known for his transcendental technique inheriting the great Russian pianism, Trifonov captivates audiences with a groundbreaking and inventive style among the young and mid-career pianists.

Personally, I associate him strongly with Liszt and Rachmaninoff.
I’m eager to see how he will interpret the youthful passion of Brahms in his performance.

Gustavo Gimeno x Toronto Symphony Orchestra

I’m also looking forward to the collaboration with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the music director, Gustavo Gimeno.
As long as I live in Toronto, I will have more opportunities to listen to their performance.

Gimeno, originally the principal percussionist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, transitioned to conducting and has been active primarily in the Netherlands. Since 2020, he has served as the music director of the TSO.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, with a history of over 100 years, has been conducted by renowned figures like Seiji Ozawa in the past.

Program/Ticket Information

Date: Thu, January 11, 2024
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto


  • Walker: Sinfonia No. 2
  • Lutosławski: Concerto for Orchestra
  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15

The first two pieces are quite unfamiliar to me….
Walker, an American composer, and Lutosławski, a Polish composer, both represent relatively newer works from the latter half of the 20th century.

My main focus is Brahms’ Concerto.
Trifonov is often associated with a cool-toned style, so I’m eager to experience how he brings his touch to this passionately intense composition.

Ticket Prices

Main Floor: $91 ~ 128
Mezzanine: $111 ~ 141
Balcony: $45 ~ 82
Choir Loft: $65 ~ 121

Capitalism seems to be thriving here, as ticket prices vary based on seating and weekday/weekend distinctions – quite a detailed breakdown compared to Japan :p

▼I’ll be sure to share my impressions after the concert. Stay tuned!