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Full Biography 2011-2012

With the ability to perform a diverse range of repertoire-from Haydn and Chopin to Debussy and Stravinsky-Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski has established himself as one of the most remarkable young musicians to have emerged in recent years, performing with many of the world's greatest orchestras and captivating audiences worldwide. Mr. Trpceski 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. The New York Times' Anthony Tommasini praises Trpceski's dazzling musicianship, saying "He tore through the double-octave outbursts with arm-blurring speed and no sense of strain. Yet in tenderly lyrical moments he caressed the phrases, playing with naturalness, never milking anything."

Mr. 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 and the Symphony Orchestras of Boston, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Toronto and Baltimore, 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 Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, 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 South America he has performed with the Orchestra of the National Theater of Brazil and the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra. 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, Lionel Bringuier, Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Jurowski, Lorin Maazel, Antonio Pappano, Vasily Petrenko, Robin Ticciati, Yan Pascal Tortelier and David Zinman.

Mr. Trpceski's 2011-2012 season features a robust schedule of orchestral and recital performances. Of particular note to North American audiences is his National Symphony Orchestra debut with Lorin Maazel at the Kennedy Center and his Carnegie Hall recital debut, an eagerly awaited return after last season's triumphant debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Trpceski returns to the San Francisco Symphony in their centennial season and to the Milwaukee Symphony, both with Edo de Waart conducting. He also performs Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major with the Indianapolis and Seattle symphonies and gives the American premiere of Macedonian composer Damir Imeri's Fantasy on Two Folk Themes with Orchestra in Seattle. Worldwide orchestral highlights include engagements with the Royal Flemish, Rotterdam and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Barcelona and Bamberger Symphonies, Philharmonia Orchestra of London, China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Guangzhou Symphony. Mr. Trpceski gives recitals in Paris, Hong Kong, London and Milan.

March 2010 saw Mr. Trpceski's concerto recording debut on the Avie label, showcasing Rachmaninov'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 won Diapason d'Or de l'année and Classic FM's "Editor's Choice" Awards. In June 2011, the Avie label released the second concerto album from Trpceski, Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; the completion of Rachmaninov piano concerti, Nos. 1 and 4 alongside Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Geoffrey Norris, for Gramophone Magazine remarked, "This is a riveting disc, another major landmark for Trpceski and one on which Rachmaninov finds interpreters thoroughly attuned to his emotional world. It was clear that Trpceski was put on this earth to play this music and Petrenko to conduct it." The second disc has been recognized with Classic FM, Gramophone "Editor's Choice" and Diapason d'Or distinctions.

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. In September 2011, President Ivanov bestowed upon Mr. Trpceski the title -- National Artist of the Republic of Macedonia, the first such recognition in Macedonia's history.

A superb recitalist, Simon Trpceski has given solo performances in such cultural capitals as New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Toronto and Vancouver in North America; and abroad in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Munich, Prague, Hamburg, Bilbao, Dublin, Tokyo and Sao Paulo. 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 and with musicians from orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and Seattle Symphony.

Mr. Trpceski often collaborates with artists working in other genres such as sculptors, painters, poets and writers. From as early as eight years of age he performed in the theater as an accordion player and actor and throughout his career he has continued to develop this broad range of interests, organizing and performing different kinds of multimedia events. The latest multi-disciplinary project in which he participated was at the 2011 Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona - Italy, with his involvement in the project "Seduction, Smoke and Music" dedicated to the life of Frédéric Chopin. In the main role of Chopin - the pianist, he performed works by Chopin alongside the Academy award winner Jeremy Irons (as Chopin - the composer) and Sinead Cusack (as George Sand). In addition, he has composed pop and children's songs and been heavily involved in the creation of new contemporary works.

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. Together with a several Macedonian contemporary composers Mr. Trpceski works towards the aim of broadening Macedonia's musical heritage.

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 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 applauded. London's Independent on Sunday described 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 Faculty 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 serves on the faculty of his alma mater and gives master classes in Europe, Asia, New Zealand and the United States. Simon Trpceski and his family make their home in Skopje.



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