Magic hands

The Monthly (Australia) - - THE NATION REVIEWED - CHLOE HOOPER

Back­stage at the Melbourne Recital Cen­tre, the muf­fled notes of the foyer’s warn­ing bell sound. It’s two min­utes un­til the 26-year-old Rus­sian su­per-vir­tu­oso, Daniil Tri­fonov, is re­quired on the sa­lon stage to run a master­class. Tri­fonov – who is near­ing the end of his first Aus­tralian tour – stretches his pec­toral mus­cles by an­gling a long, lean arm against a wall. In his spare hand he clasps a take­away cof­fee. Balanc­ing the cup, he holds open the door to the stage’s sound lock for three univer­sity stu­dents who are about to play for him. “Start trav­el­ling,” di­rects the stage man­ager, and the pi­anist steps out into the ap­plause of a hun­dred or so fans and as­pir­ing mu­si­cians.

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