Valery Gergiev conducts Prokofiev – Daniil Trifonov performs the 1st Piano Concerto
Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater – The complete Prokofiev symphonies. Moscow Easter Festival

In April 2012, Valery Gergiev opened the Moscow Easter Festival with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra. This concert constituted the first appearance of the young Daniil Trifonov on medici.tv, who revealed himself as one of the most promising rising stars of today's classical music scene.

Daniil Trifonov, a 21 year-old artist supported by great names such as Valery Gergiev or Martha Argerich, was revealed between 2010 and 2011 by three of the most prestigious international competitions: after being awarded 3rd prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, he won 1st prize at the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv and 1st prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. This concert, which was originally broadcast live on medici.tv, was the occasion for the internet community to discover him in Prokofiev's First Concerto. To open and close this programme, Valery Gergiev also conducted the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in the two most popular symphonies by the Russian composer: the 1st Symphony, written in the mid 1910s, and the 5th Symphony (1944-45).

Starting each year on Easter Sunday (according to the Julian calendar), the Moscow Easter Festival features great concerts with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and music director Valery Gergiev, but also internationally renowned soloists. In 2012, the festival – dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev – invited the pianists Daniil Trifonov (1st prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 and third prize at the Chopin Competition in 2010), Alexander Toradze (familiar to Gergiev), Alexei Volodin (a former student of the Moscow Conservatory) and the American-Armenian pianist Sergei Babayan.

Over the past 20 years spent at the head of the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Valery Gergiev has clearly opened one of the most prestigious Russian orchestras' repertoire. Their interpretations of Prokofiev have become legendary, not only because Gergiev has recorded most of the composer's masterpieces, but also because he has contributed in promoting the rarest pieces Prokofiev has ever written. This series of concerts, programmed as part of the 11th anniversary of the Moscow Easter Festival, display complete Prokofiev symphonies, but also four of his Piano concertos, along with excerpts from the composer's great ballets (Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet).

This concert was broadcast live on medici.tv.

Movie director : Sébastien Glas
Playlists : Valery Gergiev in Moscow, Russian music, Young talents only
Musical period : Music from the 20th century
Music genre : Symphonic music

Duration : 01 h 20 min
Location : Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (Moscow, Russia)
Recording date : 15/04/2012
Production date : 2012
Production : © Idéale Audience / EuroArts Music International / Moscow Easter Festival / ARTE France