Born in the Republic of Macedonia in 1979, Simon Trpčeski has won prizes in international piano competitions in the United Kingdom, Italy and the Czech Republic. He is a graduate of the School of Music at the University of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius in Skopje, where he studied with Boris Romanov. From 2001 to 2003, he was a member of the BBC New Generation Scheme, and in 2003, he was honored with the Young Artist Award by the Royal Philharmonic Society. Mr. Trpčeski made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2004, and he appeared here most recently in February 2012.
In spring 2014, Mr. Trpčeski will undertake a residency with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, where he will make his debut play-directing in Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1. He returns to London to give performances with the London Symphony and London Philharmonic, and he performs in recital at Wigmore Hall. He also appears at the Dresden Philharmonie with Julia Fischer and Daniel Müller-Schott, and gives performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Paris Opera Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, the WDR Symphony Cologne, and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, among others.
For the Avie label, Mr. Trpčeski has recorded Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. These recordings have received several awards, including the Diapason d’Or de l’année. His first solo recording, released in 2002 on the EMI label, featured works by Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev, and received both the Editor’s Choice and Debut Album awards at the Gramophone Awards. He has also released discs dedicated to the works of Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Debussy. Most recently, Mr. Trpčeski’s 2012 recital at Wigmore Hall was released on the Wigmore Hall Live label.
In 2009, Mr. Trpčeski was honored with the Presidential Order of Merit for Macedonia, and in 2011 he was named the first-ever National Artist of the Republic of Macedonia. He works regularly with young musicians in Macedonia and he currently teaches at his alma mater, the University of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius in Skopje. Mr. Trpčeski makes his home in Skopje with his family.