PIANO RECITAL BY
SUNDAY 5 JULY 2020, 7:30PM
VICTORIA CONCERT HALL
No pianist combines both delicacy and panache like the Macedonian virtuoso SIMON TRPČESKI (pronounced terp-CHESS-kee). This is a flamboyantly colourful recital from a pianist with charisma – and virtuosity – to spare.
His programme ranges from the deep poetry of Brahms’s homage to his beloved Schumann to the iron and steel of Prokofiev’s wartime Sonata. But in between come some magical surprises. There is Liszt at his most exuberantly fantastical, followed by the stark contrast of Prokofiev’s gentle Grandmother’s Tales with a spectacular solo transcription of Mussorgsky’s dazzling orchestral phantasmagoria, A Night on Bald Mountain. An evening of inspired, spectacular music, to be brought to vivid life by playing of captivating imagination and colour!
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BRAHMS – Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann, Op. 9
LISZT – Soirées de Vienne – Valses-caprices d'après Franz Schubert, S427
PROKOFIEV – Tales of an Old Grandmother, Op. 31
MUSSORGSKY – A Night on Bald Mountain (arranged for piano by Konstantin Chernov)
PROKOFIEV – Piano Sonata No.7 in B-flat major, Op. 83
(Programme subject to change at the artist’s discretion)
“Trpčeski’s art is to probe deep beneath the notes and elicit the essential character and substance of a score. […] Deftness and passion made for a performance that was extra-ordinarily compelling in its freshness and in its capacity to expose the music’s very heart.” (The Telegraph)
“A real personality of coruscating brilliance.” (theartsdesk.com)
“An artist of remarkable subtlety and craft.” (Chicago Tribune)
Simon Trpčeski performs with orchestras such as Concertgebouworkest, Russian National Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre National de France, New York Philharmonic, China Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. He regularly gives solo recitals in cultural capitals like New York, Paris, Munich, Prague, São Paulo, Sydney, Beijing, Tokyo and London where he was recently Artist in Residence at Wigmore Hall. He performs at prestigious festivals including Verbier, Bergen, the Baltic Sea Festival and BBC Proms.
During the 2019/20 season Trpčeski will return to European orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, The Royal Danish Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He appears several times in Germany, including performances of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Staatskapelle Weimar, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin under Juraj Valcuha. Further afield, he returns to Detroit Symphony Orchestra and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Trpčeski tours Australia appearing with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and in recital. Further solo recitals include dates at London’s Barbican Centre, National Concert Hall Dublin, in Belgium, Puerto Rico, Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore and at Auditorium de Radio France, Paris.
He is a committed chamber musician and appears in recital this season with Daniel Müller-Schott, in Frankfurt, Heidelberg and at Maribor Festival. His folk project ‘Makedonissimo’, devised with composer Pande Shahov, celebrates the music and culture of his native Macedonia. The band appears this season in Romania and Canada, and will tour Australasia in the 2020/21 season.
Trpčeski has recorded prolifically. His latest release "Tales from Russia”, a disc of solo Russian repertoire, was released last autumn for Onyx Classics. It was awarded Instrumental recording of the month and received a five star review in BBC Music Magazine. His first recording (EMI, 2002) received the “Editor’s Choice” and “Debut Album” at the Gramophone Awards. In 2010 and 2011, his interpretations of Rachmaninov’s complete concertos were recognised with Classic FM, Gramophone “Editor’s Choice”, and Diapason d’or accolades. His recording for Onyx Classics of Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3 again won him the Diapason d’or in September 2017.
With the special support of KulturOp – Macedonia’s leading cultural and arts organisation – Trpčeski works regularly with young musicians in Macedonia to cultivate the country’s next generation of artists.
Born in Macedonia, Trpčeski 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.