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Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski (pronounced terp-CHESS-kee) has established himself as one of the most remarkable musicians to have emerged in recent years, praised not only for his powerful virtuosity and deeply expressive approach, but also for his charismatic stage presence and commitment to strengthening Macedonia’s cultural image.

Simon Trpceski is a frequent soloist with the major North American orchestras, including the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco, St. Louis, Seattle and Baltimore Symphonies. Engagements with major European ensembles include the London Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester, Dresden Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Elsewhere he has performed with the New Japan, Seoul and Hong Kong Philharmonics, and the Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and New Zealand Symphonies.

Highlights of Mr. Trpceski’s 2018-19 season in North America include summer festival appearances at Ravinia with the Chicago Symphony, Blossom Music Festival with the Cleveland Orchestra, Aspen, and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (where he premieres a new concerto written by Macedonian composer Pande Sahov); and return appearances with the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago, National, Atlanta, Houston, Milwaukee, Utah, San Diego, Nashville and Puerto Rico Symphonies.  Internationally, he performs with the Oslo Philharmonic in Oslo and on tour in Spain, in the UK with the London Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, returns to New Zealand for a six-concert tour throughout the country, and plays recitals in Sydney,São Paulo, Seattle, Beijing, Shanghai, and Adelaide. In the 2017-18 season he undertook a three-concert residency at the Wigmore Hall, where he has a loyal and large following, and in August 2018 performed both Brahms concertos in a single concert with Joana Carneiro and the Orchestra Sinfonica Portuguesa.

Simon Trpceski works regularly with a prominent list of conductors including Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, Cristian Măcelaru, Charles Dutoit, Jakob Hrusa, Vladimir Jurowski, Susanna Malkki, Andris Nelsons, Antonio Pappano, Vasily Petrenko, Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Zinman. An acclaimed recitalist, Mr. Trpceski has given solo performances at major halls in New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Munich, Prague, Hamburg, Bilbao, Istanbul, Dublin, and Tokyo.

Dedicated to making industry-defining recordings, Mr. Trpceski has recorded for EMI Classics, Avie Records, Onyx Classics, and Wigmore Hall Live. 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 Rachmaninoff, 2007 Chopin, and 2008 Debussy recordings received extensive praise from critics, and in 2010 and 2011, his interpretations of Rachmaninoff’s four piano concertos and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic were recognized with Classic FM, Gramophone “Editor’s Choice,” and Diapason d’Or distinctions. Mr. Trpceski’s March 2012 recital at the Wigmore Hall was released on the “Wigmore Hall Live” label and was immediately hailed by The Telegraphas “Classical CD of the Week.”

His latest recording, featuring Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3 was released in 2017, with The Guardian noting Mr. Trpceski’s “fiery articulation, brazen rhythms, [and] an ability to navigate corners with a swagger that feels sturdy and nimble at once.” Prior to that Mr. Trpceski released Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014 on the Onyx Classics label.

Mr. Trpceski performs chamber music as often as he can at festivals such as Aspen, Verbier, Risor, Bergen, and the Baltic Sea Festival.  He has a regular duo partnership with cellist Daniel Müller-Schott and recent performances have included a North American tour with Mr. Muller-Schott in Vancouver, Montreal, and Washington, D.C; appearances at the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, and in Bilbao; and trio performances with Julia Fischer and Mr. Müller-Schott at the Wigmore Hall and Dresden Philharmonie.

With the special support of KulturOp — Macedonia’s leading cultural and arts organization — Mr. Trpceski works regularly with young musicians in Macedonia to help cultivate the talent of the country’s next generation of artists. His Makedonissimo project, dedicated to introducing the world to traditional Macedonian folk tunes and melodies, has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, and the Lille Festival as well in Liverpool and Birmingham.

Born in Macedonia in 1979, Simon Trpceski is a graduate of the School of Music at the University of St. Cyril and St. Methodius in Skopje, where he studied with Boris Romanov. He was previously named a 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. Trpceski became the first-ever recipient of the title “National Artist of Macedonia.” He makes his home in Skopje with his family.

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The Arts Desk

November 19, 2018

The Washington Post

November 1, 2018

Chicago Tribune

August 5, 2018

The Guardian

May 1, 2016

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

April 15, 2018



Program One
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 (arr. for solo piano by Liszt)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35 (arr. for solo piano by Paul Gilson)

Program Two
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9
Brahms: Three Intermezzi, Op. 117
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35 (arr. for solo piano by Paul Gilson)