The Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts series at Fresno State offers two for one tonight: a double concert by world-class pianists Sergei Babayan and Daniil Trifonov. I recap the concert in Friday’s issue of 7:
To call Trifonov the student of Babayan doesn’t seem like it does the relationship justice, considering that Trifonov is what Keyboard Concerts’ artistic director Andreas Werz calls “the hottest 23-year-old pianist in the world right now.” But it’s accurate: After winning the prestigious 2011 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for young artists, an event held every four years, and the 2011 Rubinstein International Piano Competition, the Russian-born Trifonov continues to study with Babayan in Cleveland even as he pursues his own concert career.
The duo will play one piece for four hands on one piano and three pieces on two facing pianos. In terms of musical firepower, this is one of the highlights of the Keyboard Concerts season.