Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski 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. Born in the Republic of Macedonia in 1979, Trpčeski has won prizes in international piano competitions in the United Kingdom, Italy and the Czech Republic.
Trpčeski has been awarded many accolades and 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 “Début Album” awards at the Gramophone Awards. His 2005 Rachmaninov 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 Trpčeski’s interpretations as “subtle, clever, imaginative pianism of the very highest quality.”
March 2010 saw Trpčeski’s concerto recording début 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 December 2009, the President of Macedonia honoured Trpčeski with the Presidential Order of Merit for Macedonia, making Trpčeski the youngest recipient of a medal of any kind in Macedonian history. Most recently in September 2011 he was awarded the first-ever title “National Artist of the Republic of Macedonia”.
Trpčeski’s recent seasons feature a robust schedule of orchestral and recital performances, including the completion of a Rachmaninov Piano Concerto cycle with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, his début with the China Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, his Carnegie Hall recital début, and recitals in Paris, Hong Kong, London, Milan and Florence.