Festival Maribor 2021 Artist-in-Residence
Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski (b. 1979) has established himself as one of the leading musicians on the international scene, one of the few musicians from the former Yugoslavia to have done so. His dazzling international career began almost twenty years ago with a series of successful concerts as part of BBC Radio’s New Generation Artists programme, concerts which catapulted him onto the global stage.
He received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Young Artists in 2003. Since then he has appeared with over a hundred orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Orchestre National de France, New York Philharmonic, China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He regularly performs
solo recitals in cultural capitals such as New York, Paris, Munich, Prague, Sao Paulo, Sydney, Beijing, Tokyo as well as in London, where he recently served as artist-in-residence at Wigmore Hall. He has appeared at a number of prestigious festivals including the Verbier, Bergen, Baltic Sea and BBC Proms festivals.
A devoted chamber musician, he currently performs primarily with cellist Daniel Müller-Schott and dedicates himself to concerts with the Makedonissimo project, which he founded together with the composer Pande Shahov. The ensemble presents the musical and cultural tradition of his native North Macedonia. Simon Trpčeski has also released numerous recordings. His debut album, released in 2002 by EMI, received the “Editor's Choice” and “Debut Album” prizes at the Gramophone Awards that same year. His Rachmaninov concerto cycle in 2010 and 2011 won the Gramophone “Editor’s Choice” award and received a Diapason d’Or. In 2017 he again received the Diapason d'Or for his recordings of Prokofiev’s piano concertos released on the Onyx label.
With the special support of Kultur-Op, North Macedonia’s leading cultural and arts organization, Trpčeski works regularly with young Macedonian musicians, nurturing the next generation of artists in his homeland.