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.
The 2015-16 season sees Mr. Trpceski make several visits to the UK, giving performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Bournemouth Symphony. Elsewhere, he returns to play with the Atlanta, Detroit, and Vancouver symphonies, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Portuguese Symphony Orchestra. He also undertakes a tour of Spain with the Helsinki Philharmonic and tours the UK with the Oslo Philharmonic.
Mr. Trpčeski has performed chamber music at festivals such as Aspen, Verbier, Risor, and the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm. He has a regular duo partnership with cellist Daniel Müller-Schott. In 2011 Mr. Trpčeski and cellist Nina Kotova performed works by Chopin for a theatrical event based on the life of the composer, featuring actors Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack at the Tuscan Sun Festival in Italy.
Mr. Trpčeski has made two award-winning recordings of Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini on the Avie label with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. His latest recording is a disc of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with Mr. Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic on the Onyx Classics label. Mr. Trpčeski’s first recital recording featured works by Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev, and received both the Editor’s Choice and Debut Album awards at the Gramophone Awards. Other recital recordings include discs devoted to Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Debussy. Mr. Trpčeski’s 2012 recital at Wigmore Hall was released on the Wigmore Hall Live label; his July 2014 recital will also be released on the Wigmore Hall Live label in autumn 2015.
Simon Trpčeski works regularly with young musicians in Macedonia to cultivate the talent of his country’s next generation of artists. He has been awarded the Presidential Order of Merit for Macedonia and the first-ever title of National Artist of the Republic of Macedonia. Mr. Trpčeski made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2004. He makes his home in Skopje with his family.