Pianist Simon Trpceski takes Coronado stage Nov. 2

Simon Trpceski, the young pianist from Macedonia who has won many awards while only in his 20s, will perform at the historic Coronado Theatre in downtown Rockford, 314 N. Main St., at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2. The concert is presented by the Rockford Coronado Concert Association.

Single tickets are available by contacting Centre Events at 968-5222 or at www.centreevents.com. Adult tickets are $40; student tickets are $15.

Trpceski will perform the Brahms Intermezzi for Piano, Op. 117; Debussy Images Book 2; Scriabin Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor; and Chopin Scherzo for Piano No. 3 and No. 4.

Born in the Republic of Macedonia in 1979, Trpceski has won the following awards:

First place in Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe, 1999;

Second place in London International Piano Competition, 2000;

Second place in Millennium World Piano Competition, 2000;

Young Artist Award by the Royal Philharmonic Society 2003;

Editor’s Choice and Debut Album Awards at the 2003 Gramophone Awards; and

Disc of the Month, April, BBC Music Magazine, 2005.

Upon hearing him at the prestigious Millennium World Piano Competition, Hilary Finch of The Times said, “Simon Trpceski, whose Prokofiev revealed such virtuosity of both technique and imagination…had the best fingers of the evening; the most sensitive ears; and the most character.”

Rockford Coronado Concert Association

Rockford Coronado Concert Association has nearly 2,000 subscribers from northern Illinois. It is governed by a local volunteer board of directors, and has served the community since 1936. The 2006-2007 season is the organization’s 71st season and includes performances by Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble; Simon Trpceski, piano; Turandot, opera; The Chieftains; and Romeo and Juliet, ballet. Call 968-9863 for more information.

From the Nov. 1-7, 2006, issue

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