Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski performs with the world’s foremost orchestras including London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, New Japan Philharmonic, China Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He regularly gives solo recitals in such cultural capitals as New York, London, Paris, Munich, Prague and Tokyo, and performs chamber music at festivals such as Verbier, Aspen Music Festival, Bergen International Festival, the Baltic Sea Festival and the BBC Proms.
Conductors he regularly collaborates with include Marin Alsop, Lionel Bringuier, Thomas Dausgaard, Gustavo Dudamel, Jakob Hrůša, Vladimir Jurowski, Susanna Mälkki, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, Antonio Pappano, Vasily Petrenko, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Lahav Shani, Dima Slobodeniouk, Robin Ticciati and Krzysztof Urbański.
During the 2017/18 season Trpčeski will reunite with the San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich on tour, as well as joining Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, amongst others. He will give recitals in Beijing, Shanghai, Sydney, Adelaide and London, the latter as Artist in Residence at Wigmore Hall. This residency will additionally feature his regular duo partnership with the cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, as well as the UK debut of the self-made folk project, “Makedonissimo”, which celebrates the music and culture of his native Macedonia.
Trpčeski has recorded prolifically to widespread acclaim. His first recording (EMI, 2002) received both the “Editor’s Choice” and “Debut Album” awards at the Gramophone Awards. In 2010 and 2011, his interpretations of Rachmaninov’s complete concertos plus “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini”, with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, were recognized with Classic FM, Gramophone “Editor’s Choice,” and Diapason d’Or accolades. Trpčeski’s March 2012 recital at the Wigmore Hall, released on “Wigmore Hall Live”, was immediately hailed by The Telegraph as “Classical CD of the Week.” His most recent recording for Onyx Classics features Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos No. 1 and 3, and again won him the Diapason d’Or in September 2017.
With the special support of KulturOp — Macedonia’s leading cultural and arts organization — and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, 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 is a graduate of the School of Music in Skopje, where he studied with Boris Romanov. He was previously a BBC New Generation Artist, and was honoured with the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2003.
“When the soloist takes the spotlight, it’s with polite firmness and with a strong sense of fun and fantasy. And so it goes on. In the Third Concerto Trepceski’s fine articulation allows him to free a number of passages from traditional but unmarked pedalling, which is certainly in the Prokofievian spirit as well as the letter of the score. Similarly, he shows that some traditional dynamic emphases aren’t necessary to idiomatic characterisation. He does nevertheless allow himself those fractions of extra time that guarantee clarity and accuracy in the most demanding passages, and shifts of gear – wether abrupt or gradual – are negotiated with consummate skill, superbly coordinated with the orchestra.”Gramophone, 08.2017
“Radiating calm assurance with Rachmaninov’s much loved Piano Concerto No. 2 Trpčeski dazzled the audience. Right from the opening Moderato movement the impact of the intense romantic expression felt as boldly compelling as when I first encountered the work some forty years ago. Not given to wallowing in overt sentimentality and ostentatious display Trpčeski’s direct approach worked splendidly delivering a poetic atmosphere and refinement of colour. In the famous Adagio sostenuto the amount of yearning communicated by Trpčeski was meltingly beautiful with everything so cleanly articulated. In the Finale the reappearance of the lyrical theme and weight of the jubilant conclusion made quite an impact.”Seen and heard international, 03.2017
“Trpčeski continued to play from an admirable palette of colours, matching thundering power with easy elegance in the softer moments.”Bachtrack, 03.2016
“Trpceski's hands glided up and down the keyboard with astonishing ease, demonstrating drama and lyricism in equal balance, and the orchestra responded accordingly.”The Sydney Morning Herald, 08.2015
“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. Trpčeski was pointed yet laid-back in the jazz-inflected first movement, and danced through the finale, almost literally, as the LSO’s wind section wove characterful solos around him.”The Guardian, 01.2015
“Trpčeski is a remarkable pianist, smartly blending restraint, sense of tonal color and knowing when and how much to unleash bravado, in measured doses.”Los Angeles Times, 09.2013
“Trpčeski's art, echoed by Vedernikov and the orchestra, is to probe deep beneath the notes and elicit the essential character and substance of a score. Here in the "Paganini Rhapsody", darkness and light, shadows and brilliance, deftness and passion made for a performance that was extraordinarily compelling in its freshness and in its capacity to expose the music's very heart.”The Telegraph, 05.2009
Simon Trpčeski will be returning to Wigmore Hall with the UK premiere of 'Makedonissimo' this coming... read more