Sunday, 23 December, 2018
Kolarac Hall at 8 PM

Transcriptions of Macedonian traditional music by Pande Shahov
in collaboration with Simon Trpčeski


Simon Trpčeski – Piano
Hidan Mamudov – Clarinet, Saxophone & Kaval
Aleksandar Krapovski – Violin
Alexander Somov – Violoncello
Vlatko Nushev – Percussions

Ticket prices: 600 and 800 dinars


World-renowned Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski presents his new, emotional project – “Makedonissimo!” Following successful concerts on the biggest European concert stages, this project receives its first presentation in this part of Europe precisely in Belgrade, at the Kolarac Hall on 23 December, 2018 at 8 PM.
Macedonian folk music is characterised by intricate rhythmic patterns, as well as a diversity of melodic and choreographic features. The composer Pande Shahov in collaboration with Simon Trpčeski has transcribed the most beautiful Macedonian traditional melodies, mostly in various dance rhythms, for the chamber ensemble (quintet). Shahov lives in England and teaches a range of academic studies at the Royal College of Music in London and Alton College in Hampshire. The Art of Simon Trpčeski “Trpceski’s art is to probe deep beneath the notes and elicit the essential character and substance of a score. […] Deftness and passion made for a performance that was extraordinarily compelling in its freshness and in its capacity to expose the music's very heart.”
The Telegraph
Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski performs with the world’s foremost orchestras including London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, Russian National Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne, Helsinki Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, New Japan Philharmonic, China Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He regularly gives solo recitals in such cultural capitals as New York, London, Paris, Munich, Prague and Tokyo, and performs chamber music at festivals such as Verbier, Aspen Music Festival, Bergen International Festival, the Baltic Sea Festival and the BBC Proms.
Conductors he regularly collaborates with include Marin Alsop, Lionel Bringuier, Thomas Dausgaard, Gustavo Dudamel, Jakob Hrůša, Vladimir Jurowski, Susanna Mälkki, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, Antonio Pappano, Vasily Petrenko, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Lahav Shani, Dima Slobodeniouk, Robin Ticciati and Krzysztof Urbański.
Autumn 2017 marked the beginning of a string of diverse performances at London’s Wigmore Hall as an Artist in Residence, featuring his regular duo partnership with the cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, as well as including the UK debut of the self-made folk-based project, “Makedonissimo,” celebrating the music, culture and people of his native Macedonia.
Trpčeski has recorded prolifically to widespread acclaim. His first recording (EMI, 2002) received both the “Editor’s Choice” and “Debut Album” awards at the Gramophone Awards. In 2010 and 2011, his interpretations of Rachmaninov’s four piano concertos with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra were recognized with Classic FM, Gramophone “Editor’s Choice,” and Diapason d’Or accolades. Trpčeski’s March 2012 recital at the Wigmore Hall, released on “Wigmore Hall Live,” was immediately hailed by The Telegraph as “Classical CD of the Week.” His most recent recording for Onyx Classics features Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos No. 1 and 3, and again won him the Diapason d’Or in September 2017.
With the special support of KulturOp — Macedonia’s leading cultural and arts organization — and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, Trpčeski works regularly with young musicians in Macedonia in order to cultivate the talent of the country’s next generation of artists.  
Born in the Republic of Macedonia in 1979, Simon Trpčeski is a graduate of the School of Music in Skopje, where he studied with Boris Romanov. He was previously a BBC New Generation Artist, and was honoured with the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2003.

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