Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 & 4 Scherzos by Simon Trpceski on Apple Music

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About Simon Trpceski

While Simon Trpceski gives a fair number of recitals and chamber music concerts, his touring schedule often favors concerto repertory, and usually of the challenging variety, with healthy portions by Liszt, Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev. He seems fearless, though, whether in selecting difficult works for major debuts, like the Prokofiev Third for his 2010 Carnegie Hall debut, or in championing little known music by contemporary Macedonian composers like Pande Shahov and Zivojin Glisic. But besides relishing in the challenges and risks, Trpceski is an insightful interpreter, able to adapt to the styles of a wide range of composers, from Haydn, Mendelssohn and Chopin to Tchaikovsky, Debussy, and Scriabin. Trpceski, who has nearly reached pop star status in his homeland, regularly tours throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand and has made several highly successful recordings for the EMI and Avie labels.

Simon Trpceski was born in Skopje, Macedonia, on September 18, 1979. He studied music there at the University of St. Cyril and St. Methodius, where his most important teacher was Russian-émigré Boris Romanov. Trpceski debuted at London's Wigmore Hall in 2001, and also began performing then as a BBC New Generation Artist until 2003.

Trpceski graduated from St. Cyril and St. Methodius University in 2002, the year his first recording for EMI, a CD of works by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Scriabin, was issued to great acclaim. Gramophone gave it an Editor's Choice and Debut Album award.

In 2004 Trpceski debuted with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in Saint-Saëns' Second Concerto, and the following year he made his first appearance with the New York Philharmonic in an acclaimed performance of the daunting Rachmaninov Third. Other important debuts followed, including his 2006 appearances with the Toronto and London Symphony orchestras.

In December 2009 Trpceski was awarded the Presidential Order of Merit by Macedonian President H.E. Gjorge Ivanov, becoming the youngest recipient of this high distinction in the history of his country. Trpceski toured Europe in the 2009-2010 season with both the Philharmonia Orchestra under Maazel and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic led by Jaap van Zweden.

Trpceski's 2010 recording of the Rachmaninov Second and Third Concertos, on the Avie label, made the Top Ten on Billboard's Classical chart. Despite his teaching duties at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University, Trpceski has carried a busy concert schedule, with 2011 appearances in Seattle, Liverpool, Copenhagen, Oslo, Belgrade, Hong Kong, and other major cities.

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