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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.  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 and 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 of 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

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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.  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 and 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 of 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. 
The 2015/16 season sees Mr. Trpceski continuing to perform at the highest level across the globe.  As always, he makes regular to visits the UK, giving performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Elsewhere, he returns to play with the San Francisco, Atlanta, Vancouver and Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa. He also undertakes a tour of Spain with the Helsinki Philharmonic and with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra on a tour of the United Kingdom.

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 Rachmaninoff 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 will also be released on the “Wigmore Hall Live” label in autumn 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 recording, 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. 

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 was awarded the first-ever 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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"Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G positively glittered, thanks to pianist Simon Trpčeski, whose playing was witty, buoyant and always in cahoots with the orchestra."

The Guardian, Erica Jeal

"The most notable aspect that Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski and Gaffigan brought to Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" — and it's a big one — was wit. Very few would associate the quality of wit with this composer, but aside from the ingeniously rapturous 18th variation, the "Rhapsody" has it in spades, and Trpceski brought it out with his crisp, crystalline, lightly pedaled playing, as did Gaffigan in his brash, alert conducting. As a result, this piano concerto-in-all-but-name sounded fresh and alive. "

Richard S. Ginell, Los Angeles Times

"Trpčeski’s balance, clarity and suave, supple eloquence took Poulenc’s music as seriously as it deserves."

The Artsdesk, Jessica Duchen

"Trpceski is a remarkable pianist, smartly blending restraint, sense of tonal color and knowing when and how much to unleash bravado, in measured doses."

Josef Woodard, Los Angeles Times

"Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski, in a welcome return to the BSO, tackled the work with tireless bravura and keen musicality."

Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun

"The young Macedonian pianist was all grace and eloquence. He found the natural inner flow of the Grieg, its stream of melody. His tone has an understated beauty."

Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

"Playing Rachmaninoff's widely beloved Piano Concerto No. 2, the artist fully lived up to the high expectations set by his Cleveland Orchestra debut at Blossom Music Center in 2009. As at Blossom, the pianist at Severance proved an artist of unique but highly alluring character. His performance stripped away much of the well-known work's typical gloss and thickness and instead cast it in a refreshingly bright, clear light. Yet it didn't lack feeling. Trpceski's account of the Adagio with clarinetist Daniel McKelway was spellbinding in the utmost, and where the composer waxes rhapsodic, the pianist poured forth impassioned streams."

Zachary Lewis, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Electrifying virtuosity, but no whiff of show-off. The most delicate feelings, yet nothing precious or lacy. Head plus heart, lots of heart."

Geoff Brown, The London Times

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