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HKPO’s multi-year cycle of Rachmaninov’s works
featuring National treasure of Macedonia
Gramophone Award-winning pianist Simon Trpčeski


[6 January 2010 – Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is proud to announce its multi-year cycle of Rachmaninov’s works for piano and orchestra, all of the symphonies and major orchestral works.  The first injection of this Rachmaninov project will be held at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on 29 & 30 Jan 2010 at 8pm featuring the composer’s first completed concerted work, Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini his last with superb Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski and two other orchestral works.

Rachmaninov’s career balanced touring the world as one of the greatest piano virtuosos of the first half of the 20th century with composition and conducting.  His music for piano and orchestra is among the most enduringly popular in the entire repertoire and his orchestral works have such a distinctive and personal character that they are instantly identifiable.  Under the baton of renowned conductor Lü Jia [full biography], HKPO will showcase the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 1 written when he was only 18 (the concerto was revised later in 1917) in his homeland, against his most popular works Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini written when he was 61 in Switzerland.

The Legend of Macedonia – Simon Trpčeski

Macedonia, a small country situated in the heart of the southeastern Europe, is famous for its lakes (both natural and artificial) mountains and perhaps its famous thermal spas since the Ottoman Empire time.  Since the 21st century, Macedonia has caught the international attention for one more reason – the celebrated young pianist Simon Trpčeski [full biography].  In 2000, he was on the stage of the Royal Festive Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the London International Piano Competition. At that time, he was only 20. Although he didn’t win the competition, he won a contract with the international agency IMG Artist which kicked off his dazzling career.  He has toured around the world and has been performing with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors ever since.  In 2003, his début recital album for EMI featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Stravinsky and Prokofiev was a huge success and was the Editor’s Choice and Début Album Awards at the Gramophone Awards that his second all-Rachmaninov disc was issued at premium price.  His third was an all-Chopin disc which was equally applauded, and in 2008, he released an all-Debussy disc which once again gathered widespread critical acclaim. The Independent on Sunday called it “subtle, clever, imaginative pianism of the very highest quality.”

Last year, he performed with the LPO again and renowned music critics of The Daily Telegraph Geoffrey Norris wrote after his performance of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with conductor Louis Langrée, “In the quarter of a century that I have been writing about concerts for The Daily Telegraph, the enduring joy has been to witness talented young musicians on the foothills of their careers and to follow them as they steadily rise in stature to become key exponents of their art. There are many performers and conductors who have enriched my life in this way, but one of the foremost among them is the Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski.”

Trpčeski in Double Rachmaninov
29&30 | 1 | 2010
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$380 $280 $200 $120
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Lü Jia


Simon Trpčeski


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Prince Rostislav Symphonic Poem
Piano Concerto No. 1

Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

Caprice bohémien

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The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of Asia’s leading orchestras. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents in the last three decades, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances including its extensive education activities for children and adults alike, and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony Under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, HKPO has made a number of successful tours in Asia and Europe including a major six-concert tour of China in the 08/09 season under the leadership of Maestro Edo de Waart, drawing great critical acclaims. [Full Biography]

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