Exclusive: Trifonov dumps his agent

Exclusive: Trifonov dumps his agent


norman lebrecht

March 17, 2020

Daniil Trifonov, the foremost pianist of his generation, has left London-based Intermusica, which looked after him in the UK, Australia and about half of Europe. He has now placed his worldwide management in the hands of Opus 3.

Nobody has announced anything, but all websites have been updated.

Why did he jump and dump?

Word on the street is he got frustrated by the amount of Intermusica attention that was being consumed by a certain other pianist.

UPDATE: Opus3 have sent the following clarification:

Opus 3 has been Daniil’s manager in North America since 2011. They have a nearly decade-long relationship that began early in Daniil’s burgeoning career. Recently Daniil has been keen to streamline his management and Opus 3 was Daniil’s obvious choice of single/worldwide representation, not just because of his long relationship with them but also because he is now based in New York. Daniil made this change in August 2019. I think the “word on the street”, as you put it, is more the product of someone’s fevered imagination than based in any truth.





  • The “foremost” Who plays frenquantly too much quickly

    • Larry D says:

      Like comments left so quickly they can’t spell “frequently”?

      • I will be honnest and franck. I know Trifonov. I have seen him twice in concert close to him. This pianist is very very talented and is not a marketing stuff. And I advise to see him in concert. I remember a 8th Prokofiev sonath fabulous the best I have seen. But… for the Rachmaninov 3th concerto for exemple I think he plays too quickly. It’s just a question of taste. And for the concertos I prefere the interpretations of Yeol Eum Son the second of the Tchaikovsky competition 2011, the year Trifonov won.

  • V.Lind says:

    Presumably you are referring to Yuja Wang.

    I rather think that, of the two, Trifonov is the greater artist, but unless Intermusica told YW to change her image and tart up for performances, I suspect the attention she generates is because she is a striking young woman in shall we say less than traditional concert dress. And by accounts she has given, that has been her own decision; it is hardly surprising that the press/media have focused on this — SD certainly has.

    But Trifonov hardly seems short of good concert dates. If he feels the need to be feted as a star as well, my admiration for him might be diminished.

    But I have some doubts about whose word on what street: he may simply have decided to rationalise his representation under one roof.

  • David Boxwell says:

    What was he wearing when he jumped and dumped?

  • Vaquero357 says:

    Trifonov is extremely talented – viz., the Emperor Concerto he did with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick recently. But yeah, it’s hard to get much attention with Yuja in the vicinity.

    He is a good-looking young man. Maybe his new agency can help him “build his brand” with the ladies in the audience?

    • Piano Fan says:

      They might advise him not to dress like a homeless hipster as he did for a series of DG “Yellow Lounge” videos.

      • Vaquero357 says:

        Oh…. He did that? >>Sigh<< Or maybe the Art Dept. insisted he wear the getup.

        Any time we get classical artists trying to look hip, two words come to mind: The Nige.

  • fliszt says:

    If poor rhythm and over-pedaling is your thing, then yes indeed Trifonov is the foremost pianist today.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    A story not about Covid-19. Yay!!

  • Karen H says:

    “ the amount of Intermusica attention that was being consumed by a certain other pianist”

    Assuming this “other pianist” is Yuja Wang, I’d like to know to what extent do you believe resources allocated to her should have gone to Trifonov instead? As far as I can see the conductors and chamber music partners Wang has been working with are largely her friends. The venues where she plays recitals have been the same ones where she always played. Her switch to Intermusica didn’t seem to bring about a notable change of trajectory for her career.

    They are both promising pianists, and even if it may be hard for you to understand, some of us do share different opinions and prefer one over the other. People will like what they like. Why do you have to pit one against another to create pointless controversy?

    • Michael P. Scott says:

      Not to mention that it’s quite possible to respect and admire both of them at the same time plus Kissin, Argerich, and Rubinstein, Horowitz, both Serkins.

      This ain’t a boxing match!

  • Vlad says:

    He lives in NYC so the motivation could well be just to streamline everything under one roof, with an outfit down the street, with whom he’s been since the launch of his career.

  • Piano Lover says:

    More money in sight may be????

  • Tamino says:

    “word on the street” = “I just made this up”

  • Lady Weidenfeld says:

    Norman get real! Your review of Trifonov’s recital when you first heard him in 2012 was headed “A Pianist for the Rest of our Lives” Do you honestly believe that such an artist would be concerned at his agent’s perceived attention to another
    pianist? What street are you walking on? Keeping your distance must make eavesdropping difficult…