Simon Trpčeski PIANO

Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski has established himself as one of the most remarkable musicians to have emerged in recent years, performing with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and captivating audiences worldwide. 

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Mr. Trpčeski is praised not only for his impeccable technique and delicate expression, but also for his warm personality and commitment to strengthening Macedonia’s cultural image.

Mr. Trpčeski is a frequent soloist in the UK with the London Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, the Philharmonia, Halle, the Royal Liverpool and the London Philharmonic orchestras.  Other engagements with major European ensembles include the Royal Concertgebouw, Russian National and Bolshoi Theatre orchestras, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, DSO and RSO Berlin, WDR Cologne, MDR Leipzig, Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Rotterdam, Strasbourg, Royal Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo, Royal Flanders and St. Petersburg philharmonic orchestras.

In North America he has performed with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras and the Boston, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Toronto and Baltimore symphony orchestras, among others.  Elsewhere he has performed with the New Japan, Seoul and Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne symphony orchestras, and has toured with the New Zealand Symphony.  Mr. Trpčeski has worked with a prominent list of conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lionel Bringuier, Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Jurowski, Lorin Maazel, Antonio Pappano, Vasily Petrenko, Robin Ticciati, Yan Pascal Tortelier, David Zinman, Marin Alsop and Gianandrea Noseda.

Mr Trpčeski began the 2016/17 season in Rimini performing with the Rai orchestra, before concerts alongside the Hannover Opera Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Simon’s UK dates this season include concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.  Early 2017 highlights include performances alongside Orchestre de le Suisse Romande, Sarasota Symphony Orchestra and Dresden Philharmonic. Mr Trpčeski will also be travelling to South America with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in April, before returning to Europe for dates with the Staatskapelle Weimar, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele Orchester and Swedish Chamber Orchestra.  Simon’s season ends in the United States, performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

A superb recitalist, Simon Trpčeski has given solo performances in such cultural capitals as New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., London, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Munich, Prague, Hamburg, Bilbao, Istanbul, Dublin and Tokyo. Mr. Trpčeski has received widespread acclaim for his recital recordings on the EMI label.  His first recording, released in 2002, featured works by Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Stravinsky and Prokofiev, and received both the “Editor’s Choice” and “Debut Album” awards at the Gramophone Awards.  His 2005 Rachmaninov and 2007 Chopin discs both received extensive praise from critics.  In 2008 he released an all-Debussy disc entitled Debussy: Images, which was equally revered.  Most recently Mr. Trpčeski’s March 2012 recital at the Wigmore Hall was released on the “Wigmore Hall Live” label, and was immediately hailed by The Telegraph as “Classical CD of the Week”.  His July 2014 recital at the Wigmore Hall was also released on the “Wigmore Hall Live” label in 2015.

2010 saw Mr. Trpčeski’s concerto recording debut on the Avie label, showcasing Rachmaninov’s notoriously challenging Piano Concerti Nos. 2 and 3 with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The album was awarded the Diapason d’Or de l’année and Classic FM’s “Editor’s Choice” award.  In 2011 the Avie label released the second concerto album from Trpčeski, Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra: the completion of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerti, Nos. 1 and 4 alongside Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.  This disc has been recognized with Classic FM, Gramophone “Editor’s Choice” and Diapason d’Or distinctions.  His latest recordings are, a CD featuring Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerti Nos. 1 and 2 with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, was released in autumn 2014 on the Onyx Classics label and Wigmore Hall Live recital Disc, featuring Brahms, Ravel, Poulenc released in early 2016.

Simon also performs chamber music as often as he can, having performed at festivals such as Aspen, Verbier, Risor, Bergen and the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm.  In summer 2011 Simon Trpčeski and cellist Nina Kotova performed works by Chopin for a theatrical event based on the life of Frédéric Chopin featuring the renowned actors Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack at the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy.

He has a regular duo partnership with cellist Daniel Müller-Schott – recent collaborations have included a North America Tour in April 2014 with performances in Vancouver, Montreal and Washington D.C; Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall (November 2014) as well as Bilbao (in May 2015) and trio performances with Julia Fischer and Daniel Müller-Schott at the Wigmore Hall (March 2014) and Dresden Philharmonie (July 2014).

With the special support of KulturOp — Macedonia’s leading cultural and arts organization — and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Trpčeski works regularly with young musicians in Macedonia in order to cultivate the talent of the country’s next generation of artists.

Born in the Republic of Macedonia in 1979, Simon Trpčeski has won prizes in international piano competitions in the United Kingdom, Italy and the Czech Republic.  From 2001 to 2003, he was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists, and in May 2003, he was honored with the Young Artist Award by the Royal Philharmonic Society.  In December 2009, the President of Macedonia H.E. Gjorge Ivanov honored him with the Presidential Order of Merit for Macedonia, a decoration given to foreign and domestic dignitaries responsible for the affirmation of Macedonia abroad.  Most recently, in September 2011, Mr. Trpčeski became the first ever recipient of the title “National Artist of the Republic of Macedonia”.

Mr. Trpčeski is a graduate of the School of Music at the University of St. Cyril and St. Methodius in Skopje, where he studied with Professor Boris Romanov.  Simon Trpčeski makes his home in Skopje with his family.

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