Simon Trpčeski

"Good old tradition wrapped in a warm sound. It is a real pleasure to experience grand pianos by C. Bechstein and truly enjoy them!"

Simon Trpčeski


Born in Macedonia, Simon Trpčeski studied with Boris Romanov. He was previously a BBC New Generation Artist and was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2003. He performs with orchestras such as the Concertgebouworkest, the Russian National Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, New York Philharmonic, China Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. He regularly gives solo recitals in cultural capitals such as New York, Paris, Munich, Prague, São Paulo, Sydney, Beijing, Tokyo and London, where he was recently Artist in Residence at Wigmore Hall. He performs at prestigious festivals such as Verbier, Bergen, the Baltic Sea Festival and the BBC Proms. His folk project 'Makedonissimo', developed with composer Pande Shahov, celebrates the music and culture of his native Macedonia.

Simon Trpčeski has made numerous recordings. His first recording (EMI, 2002) was awarded "Editor's Choice" and "Debut Album" at the Gramophone Awards. In 2010 and 2011, his interpretations of Rachmaninov's complete concertos were recognized with Classic FM, Gramophone "Editor's Choice" and Diapason d'or awards. His recording of Prokofiev's Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3 for Onyx Classics earned him another Diapason d'or in September 2017. With the special support of KulturOp - Macedonia's leading cultural and arts organization - Simon Trpčeski regularly works with young musicians in Macedonia to nurture the country's next generation of artists.

Foto (c) Benjamin Ealovega / Slavco Spirovski - KulturOp and Gregor Willmes

Variations: Mozart, Beethoven & Brahms

LINN Records Variations: Mozart, Beethoven & Brahms

„The art of writing variations is virtually as old as music itself”, writes Geoffrey Norris in his introductory notes to Simon Trpceski’s new album “Variations”. And it is true that this genre has produced so many stylistically different works that one never knows what to expect upon its encounter. From the virtuosic splendor of variations on popular opera melodies to the profound and intellectual masterworks of Beethoven and Bach, the simple idea of expanding on a musical idea in different ways can lead to surprises.
And so it is not surprising that Simon Trpceski presents a wonderfully diverse collection of variations from Vienna by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.
Played with nuance and elegance, both the variations on “Salve tu, Domine” by Mozart and the variations on a Russian Dance by Beethoven are a perfect ouverture to the album. Following them up with Brahms’ tragic variations on a theme by Robert Schumann Trpceski strikes a noticeably different tone that conjures the grave and somber. The delightful variations on “Come un Agnello” by Mozart act as an interlude before Beethoven’s well-known 32 variations on an original theme in C Minor conclude the list. Perfectly stylized and well-balanced every note excites the listener and the piece tells a fantastically dramatic story of highs and lows. All this is of course splendidly carried by the flexible sound of the C. Bechstein concert grand. Wonderful what Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Trpceski can develop out of just a couple of simple themes!

The album by LINN Records was recorded in February 2021 at the studio Ölbergkirche Berlin on a C. Bechstein concert grand piano D282.

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