- Simon Trpčeski is a virtuoso pianist who has performed with renowned orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic in the course of his impressive career
- Trpčeski is respected above all for his superb technique and for maintaining a familiar tone in the execution of different works
- Vasily Petrenko is an internationally renowned conductor and is the music director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, principal conductor of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation, and chief conductor of the European Youth Orchestra
- Petrenko has won numerous international music awards, including the 2007 BRIT Classical Male Artist of the Year Award
S. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
D. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93
Vasily Petrenko has worked with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, and has built up an extremely strong profile of successful studio recordings. Highlights include symphonic cycles by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff and Elgar, which he recorded with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Petrenko is also chief conductor of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation, as well as Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Under his baton, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra will first perform Rachmaninoff´s popular Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2, which stands out for its contrasting lyrical themes. The soloist will be Simon Trpčeski, critically acclaimed for his virtuosity, deeply expressive approach and charismatic stage presence. He has worked with more than 100 orchestras worldwide, and with many renowned conductors, and has a longstanding collaboration with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Petrenko. Trpčeski is also committed to strengthening the cultural image of his native Macedonia. The programme will conclude with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, the second movement of which is a musical portrait of Stalin, who persecuted the composer.