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World-renowned pianist Simon Trpčeski continues the acclaimed Rachmaninov series with the magnificent Third Piano Concerto on 9 & 10 September

“Simon Trpčeski in Recital” on 11 September 3pm


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[21 July 2011 – Hong Kong] World-renowned pianist Simon Trpčeski will return to perform Rachmaninov’s famous Piano Concerto No.3 with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) and conductor Maestro Edo de Waart. Part of the 2011/12 Season’s Edo de Waart Festival, “Trpčeski’s Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3” will take place on 9 & 10 September 2011 (Fri & Sat) at 8pm, in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Maestro de Waart will also lead the HKPO in Rachmaninov’s marvelous Second Symphony. Free pre-concert talks will be given on both nights at 7:15pm also at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. For details, please visit

The opening performance is sponsored by Jones Lang LaSalle

Simon Trpčeski will also perform in a recital on 11 September 2011 (Sun) at 3pm in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. In “Simon Trpčeski in Recital”, the pianist will present alluring music by Chopin and Liszt as well as the Asian Première of Songs and Whispers by the Macedonian composer Pande Shahov.

Enjoy a 10% discount by buying “Trpčeski’s Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3” and “Simon Trpčeski in Recital" tickets together

Edo de Waart, conductor
Edo de Waart is currently Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Renowned for possessing the rare gift of being able to transform orchestras into world-class ensembles, he has held such distinguished positions as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of both the Sydney Symphony and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Opera, and Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota orchestras. He is also Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.

Last September the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra undertook a critically-acclaimed tour of three major Chinese cities under Maestro de Waart's leadership. In addition to concerts in Xi’an and Beijing, they performed in Shanghai at Expo 2010.

Edo Says:
“Simon loves Hong Kong, and the feeling seems mutual – Hong Kong loves him, too. I’m sure these concerts will be very special.”

Simon Trpčeski, piano
This will be the third time in which Simon Trpčeski has joined forces with the HKPO in an all-Rachmaninov programme. His 2010 concerto recording début of Rachmaninov’s Second and Third piano concertos with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for the Avie label went to the top 10 of both the Billboard Classical Chart and the UK’s specialist classical chart, and won the Diapason d’Or and Classic FM’s “Editor’s Choice” Award. Of his performance of the Third Concerto the Daily Telegraph wrote; “Trpčeski was born to perform this music”.

At ease in a diverse repertoire - ranging from Haydn and Chopin to Debussy and Stravinsky - Simon Trpčeski has established himself as one of the most remarkable young musicians of recent years, performing with many of the world's greatest orchestras and captivating audiences around the world. He has been praised not only for his impeccable technique and delicate expressiveness, but also for his warm personality and commitment to strengthening Macedonia's cultural image. The New York Times wrote; "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."

Simon Trpčeski was awarded the Young Artist Award by the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2003 and was honoured with the Presidential Order of Merit for Macedonia in 2009.


Trpčeski’s Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3”
To conclude the HKPO’s highly-acclaimed Rachmaninov series which started last year, Simon Trpčeski performs one of the most challenging piano concertos in the history of music. Rachmaninov’s Third is notorious for striking fear into the heart of any piano virtuoso, and many regard it as the summit of piano concertos, calling for nerves of steel, poetic gentleness and monumental stamina. With the brilliant Simon Trpčeski taking on the solo part, we can be sure of a thrilling display of virtuosity.

“Simon Trpčeski in Recital"
The sensational Simon Trpčeski’s performances grow more dazzling and profound with each performance in Hong Kong, and September brings the chance to hear him in intimate recital mode. He celebrates the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt, perhaps the greatest piano genius of all time, with a programme of romantic riches. Chopin’s nocturnes have been called graceful, dramatic and commanding – qualities Trpčeski has in abundance. The programme
also includes something new – the Asian premiere of Pande Shahov’s Songs and Whispers. If you’ve loved Simon Trpčeski in orchestral performance, don’t miss this chance to hear him on his own as a recitalist.

de Waart Festival:
Rachmaninov Gala – Rach 3
9&10 | 9 | 2011
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
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The opening performance is sponsored by Jones Lang LaSalle


Edo de Waart conductor
Simon Trpčeski piano

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An All-Rachmaninov Programme

Piano Concerto No.3
Symphony No.2

Recital: Simon Trpčeski in Recital
11 | 9 | 2011
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$380 $280 $200 $140
Available at URBTIX from now


Simon Trpčeski piano

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CHOPIN Nocturne in B, Op.32 No.1

CHOPIN Nocturne in A flat, Op.32 No.2
CHOPIN Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op.48 No.2
CHOPIN Nocturne in C minor, Op.48 No.1
PANDE SHAHOV Songs and Whispers (Asian première)
BACH (arr. LISZT) Organ prelude and fugue in A minor
LISZT  Petrarch Sonnet No.104
LISZT  Jeux d'eau de la Villa d'Est
LISZT  Hungarian Rhapsody No.11 in A minor
LISZT  Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C sharp minor 

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Edo de Waart
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor

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, attracting world-class artists to collaborate on its stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of over 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 critically acclaimed tours in Asia and Europe. In the 2010/11 season, the Orchestra undertakes a China tour of Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing under the leadership of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Maestro Edo de Waart. The first of which is an Expo 2010 programme.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre

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