I was just reading this review of him playing in Carnegie Hall, the same program you heard in Lyon --http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/08/arts/ ... music&_r=0
Thanks Heather, I agree with this review. As noticed in it, I find Trifonov very cautious and respectful of the music he plays. He is not the kind of virtuoso who takes difficult pieces of the repertoire to raise himself as the greatest pianist of his time. Rather, he serves the music, so that the admiration goes as much to him as to the composer and the piece. I think we have not finished hearing about him... By the way, he is also a composer: he played one of his pieces as an encore during his Lyon recital. Someone could say it is decadent post-post-romantism (the influence of Rachmaninov is obvious). However I found the piece agreable and well written. It is difficult to find a high level of potential improvement in his piano playing, so that he might turn himself towards composition. Who knows ?