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Simon Trpceski

  • Pianist


Simon Trpceski has appeared with many of the world's finest orchestras. In North America, he has performed with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, The Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the Pittsburgh and San Francisco Symphony orchestras and the Chicago, Toronto and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, among others. In the United Kingdom, he is a frequent soloist with the London and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, the Philharmonia and Halle Orchestras and the London Philharmonic. Other engagements with major European ensembles include the Royal Concertgebouw, Russian National and Bolshoi Theatre Orchestras,NDR SinfonieorchesterHamburg,Deutsches Symphonie-OrchesterBerlin, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Rotterdam, Strasbourg, Royal Stockholm, Royal Flanders and St. Petersburg Philharmonics. In Asia he has performed with the New Japan, Seoul and Hong Kong Philharmonics. In Australia he has been featured with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, and has toured with the New Zealand Symphony. Mr. Trpceski has worked with a prominent list of conductors, including Marin Alsop, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Jurowski, Lorin Maazel, Gianandrea Noseda, Antonio Pappano, Vasily Petrenko, Yan Pascal Tortelier and David Zinman.

Mr. Trpceski's 2010-2011 season features an ambitious schedule of both orchestral and recital performances. Of great prominence this year is Trpceski's November 2010 Carnegie Hall debut with the Baltimore Symphony and Marin Alsop in Prokofiev'sPiano Concerto No. 3. Other North American orchestral dates are with the Montreal, Atlanta and Boston Symphony orchestras. Worldwide orchestral appearances feature the opening of the Netherlands Radio Orchestra's and RTE Orchestras' seasons, two programs with the NHK Symphony, engagements with the Oslo and Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras and concerts with the Philharmonia and London, Danish National, Nordic and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras. He will also perform with orchestras of Odense, Belgrade, Zagreb, Brabants, Porto and Bordeaux, and gives multiple concerts in South America with the Orchestra of the National Theatre of Brazil and the São Paolo State Symphony Orchestra. Trpceski made his Mostly Mozart Festival debut at Lincoln Center in August 2010, and subsequently performs recitals in Chicago, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, Milan and Florence. He finishes the season with the Melbourne Symphony, Adelaide Symphony Australia and a tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Trpceski's second concerto album is released on the Avie label in 2011, in which he performs Rachmaninoff's Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 andRhapsody on a Theme of Paganiniwith Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Simon Trpceski's 2009-2010 season saw the pianist perform dozens of orchestral and recital performances across the globe. In North America, he performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Dallas and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Houston, Seattle and San Francisco Symphonies. Internationally, Mr. Trpceski toured Europe with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Lorin Maazel and with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden. He began a Rachmaninoff piano concerto cycle with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and continued the same with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Additional European orchestral appearances included the London Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic and Orchestre National de France. He made his Cleveland Orchestra debut at the Blossom Music Festival, and participated in the festivals at Verbier, Chorégies d'Orange and Aspen. March 2010 saw Mr. Trpceski's concerto recording debut on the Avie label, showcasing Rachmaninoff's notoriously challenging Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The album was positioned in the Top 10 of both the Billboard Classical Chart and the UK's specialist classical chart, and additionally wonDiapason d'OrandClassic FM's "Editor's Choice" Awards.

In December 2009, the President of Macedonia H.E. Gjorge Ivanov honored Simon Trpceski with the Presidential Order of Merit for Macedonia. This decoration is given to foreign and domestic dignitaries responsible for the affirmation of Macedonia abroad. Upon awarding Mr. Trpceski with this honor, The President stated "By bringing his artistic talent to classical music halls around the world, Simon Trpceski is among the greatest ambassadors of the Republic of Macedonia, demonstrating to the world that Macedonia is a land of exceptional artists. Through his subtle mission he has confirmed that, although the Republic of Macedonia is geographically small, it is a spiritually and artistically great country, with inexhaustible creativity to offer the cultures of the world." Mr. Trpceski is the youngest recipient of a medal of any kind in Macedonian history.

A superb recitalist, Simon Trpceski has given solo performances in such cultural capitals as New York City, San Francisco, Atlanta, Portland, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver in North America; and abroad in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Munich, Prague, Hamburg, Bilbao, Dublin and Tokyo. He has performed on the main stage of the Concertgebouw, as well as at the United Nations headquarters on the occasion of the closing of the sixty-second session of the U.N. General Assembly, at the invitation of the session's President, H.E. Srgjan Kerim. Simon also performs chamber music as often as he can, having performed at such festivals as Aspen, Verbier and Risor. With the special support of KulturOp-Macedonia's leading cultural and arts organization-and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Trpceski works regularly with young musicians in Macedonia in order to cultivate the talent of the country's next generation of artists.

Simon 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 theGramophoneAwards. His 2005 Rachmaninoff and 2007 Chopin discs both received extensive praise from critics. In 2008, he released an all-Debussy disc entitledDebussy: Images, which was equally applauded. London'sIndependent on Sundaydescribed Trpceski's interpretations as "subtle, clever, imaginative pianism of the very highest quality."

Born in the Republic of Macedonia in 1979, Simon Trpceski 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 Scheme, and in May 2003, he was honored with the Young Artist Award by the Royal Philharmonic Society. Mr. Trpceski 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. In addition to his international engagements, he currently teaches as a faculty member at his alma mater. Simon Trpceski makes him home in Skopje with his family.