Performance Monday, February 27, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Simon Trpceski

Zankel Hall
From Macedonia to the world, Simon Trpčeski has established himself as one of the most remarkable young pianists to emerge in recent years, performing with the greatest orchestras and delighting audiences across the globe. With impeccable technique and delicate expression, he performs a virtuosic program that includes Schubert’s epic “Wanderer Fantasy.”


  • Simon Trpceski, Piano


  • LISZT Prelude and Fugue in A Minor (after J.S. Bach)
  • LISZT Petrarch Sonnet No. 104 from Années de pèlerinage
  • LISZT Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este
  • LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp Minor
  • SCHUBERT 16 German Dances, D.783
  • SCHUBERT Wandererfantasie, D. 760

  • Encores:
  • SHAHOV In Struga
  • LISZT Ständchen (after Schubert, Schwanengesang, D.957)
  • CHOPIN Prelude in D Minor, Op. 28, No. 24


  • Simon Trpčeski

    With the ability to perform a diverse range of repertoire-from Haydn and Chopin to Debussy and Stravinsky-Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski has captivated audiences worldwide and established himself as one of the most remarkable young musicians to have emerged in recent years. Mr. Trpčeski is praised not only for his impeccable technique and delicate expression, but also for his warm personality and commitment to strengthening Macedonia's cultural image.

    Mr. Trpčeski's 2011-2012 season features a robust schedule of orchestral and recital performances. Of particular note to North American audiences is his National Symphony Orchestra debut with Lorin Maazel at the Kennedy Center and his Carnegie Hall recital debut, an eagerly awaited return after last season's triumphant debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Trpčeski returns to the San Francisco Symphony in its centennial season and to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, both with Edo de Waart conducting. He also performs Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major with the Indianapolis and Seattle symphony orchestras, and gives the American premiere of Macedonian composer Damir Imeri's Fantasy on Two Folk Themes with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Worldwide orchestral highlights include engagements with the Royal Flemish, Rotterdam, and Royal Liverpool philharmonic orchestras; Australian Chamber Orchestra; Barcelona and Bamberger symphonies; Philharmonia Orchestra of London; China Philharmonic Orchestra; and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Trpčeski gives recitals in Paris, Hong Kong, London, and Milan.

    Mr. Trpčeski has received much praise for his EMI recital recordings, including Gramophone's Editor's Choice and Debut Album awards. In March 2010, his recording of Rachmaninoff's piano concertos No. 2 and No. 3 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko debuted in the top 10 on the UK's specialist classical chart, and additionally won Diapason d'Or and Classic FM's Editor's Choice awards. In June 2011, the Avie label released the second concerto album recorded with Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic of Rachmaninoff's piano concertos No. 1 and No. 4, alongside Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The second disc has also been recognized with awardsfrom Classic FM, Gramophone, and Diapason d'Or. In September 2011, Mr. Trpčeski was awarded the first-ever distinction of "National Artist of the Republic of Macedonia" by Macedonia's president Gjorge Ivanov.

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Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 35, "Funeral March" (Scherzo)
Simon Trpčeski, Piano
EMI Classics

At a Glance

Liszt’s reputation has had its ups and downs in the 200 years since his birth, but it’s safe to say that his stock has never been higher than it is today. A seminal figure in the Romantic movement, he was also a musical visionary who prefigured many of the major compositional developments of the 20th century. His vast catalogue includes some 1,000 works in many genres, but he is best known for his dazzlingly virtuosic and often richly poetic piano music, as represented by the four short pieces that open tonight’s program.

Schubert was hardly in Liszt’s league as a piano virtuoso, but he too pushed the envelope of keyboard sound and technique in works like the monumental “Wanderer Fantasy.” It’s not surprising that Liszt lovingly annotated, adapted, and transcribed for the piano dozens of Schubert’s works, including many of his most famous songs.
Program Notes
This performance is part of Keyboard Virtuosos III: Keynotes.