UW News

March 13, 2008

Macedonian pianist to play Meany for third time April 1

Macedonian pianist Simon Trpèeski will make his third appearance as part of the UW World Series at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in Meany Hall.

One of the most remarkable young musicians to have emerged in recent years, Trpèeski has played with many of the world’s great orchestras, touring London, Tokyo, Sydney, Sorrento, Helsinki, and Singapore, among many other spots. He debuted with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 2005 and has been invited to perform again with them for their 2007-08 season. Trpèeski will perform works by Debussy, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff.

Trpèeski was born in the Republic of Macedonia in 1979 and has won prizes in international piano competitions in the UK, the Czech Republic, and Italy. In July 2002, he graduated from the Faculty of Music of the University of St. Cyril and St. Methodius. He was a member of the BBC New Generation Scheme during 2001-2003, and in May 2003 he was awarded the “Young Artist Award” by the Royal Philharmonic Society.

His first recital recording, as part of the EMI Classics’ Debut Series, received both the Editor’s Choice and the Debut Album awards at the Gramophone Awards. Of a subsequent recording, the London Times wrote, “Young though he is, Trpèeski already offers the mature virtuoso performances that seasoned players would die to command.”

Ticket holders are invited to come early for a pre-show lecture about the artist and the music at 7:15 p.m. in the west lobby of Meany Hall.

For more information about the artists and programs in this series, visit online at www.uwworldseries.org.