Peerless virtuoso pianist to perform with NZSO
One of the world’s most exciting pianists is coming to Hamilton next week to play one of the best loved pieces of music ever written for piano.
Macedonian musician Simon Trpcˇeski will perform Edvard Grieg’s powerful and exhilarating Piano Concerto with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at Claudelands Arena on July 14.
Grieg’s Piano Concerto is instantly recognisable and one of the most frequently performed of all piano concertos.
Simon Trpcˇeski Plays Grieg will also feature two works by famed Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.
Audiences and critics praised Trpcˇeski’s last performances with the NZSO in 2015, when he played Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto. “Trpceski is a peerless virtuoso, with the confidence almost to flaunt it,” wrote The New Zealand Herald.
Trpcˇeski’s global success has made him one of Macedonia’s best-known musicians.
“I am almost a pop star in Macedonia,” he quipped to The New York Times. “I meet a lot of people who have never heard of Macedonia or have heard of it, but have never met a Macedonian.”
The London Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras, the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw and the New York, Chicago, Boston, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras are just a few of the top orchestras where Trpcˇeski is a frequent soloist.
He has worked with a long list of prominent conductors, while also being hailed for his solo recitals across the world.
“I love the freedom. I love the fact that I can breathe freely,” Trpcˇeski has said about being a musician. “There is no better way to express and feel than through the length of a single sound . . . It is probably a close description of heaven.”
Simon Trpcˇeski Plays Grieg will be led by acclaimed Spanish conductor Jaime Mart´ın, who also wowed critics when he conducted the NZSO in 2015.
Mart´ın will also conduct the orchestra performing Shostakovich’s dazzling Festive Overture and his epic Symphony No 10.
The composer’s Tenth Symphony, his first in eight years, premiered several months after the death of Stalin in 1953, an event which may have impacted on the symphony’s creation. The work has attracted countless interpreters, with some calling it Shostakovich’s greatest symphony.