Peer­less vir­tu­oso pi­anist to per­form with NZSO

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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.

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