The Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, who is to play a rich and challenging recital program at Carnegie Hall.CreditChristopher Smith for The New York Times
In 2011, when he was 20, the Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov took the top prize in two prestigious international piano competitions: the Arthur Rubinstein in Israel and the Tchaikovsky in Russia. Now 25, he continues to astonish audiences with his technically prodigious, insightful and imaginative playing. He comes to Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 7, with a rich and challenging recital program: Schumann’s “Kinderszenen,” Toccata and “Kreisleriana”; five of Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues; and Stravinsky’s Three Movements from “Petrouchka.” (8 p.m.; 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org.)
On Monday and Friday, the director Jurgen Flimm’s grippingly modern 2004 production of Richard Strauss’s “Salome” returns to the Metropolitan Opera. It features the soprano Patricia Racette in the daunting title role and the overdue Met debut of the German conductor Johannes Debus, the respected music director of the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto.