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.