Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski returns to New Zealand to perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
He talks with David Morriss about his nationwide tour, his love of the NZSO and how the popular piano concerto – which he doesn’t play very often – reminds him of the New Zealand landscape.
He says it's a wonderful feeling being in New Zealand, but he's going to be very busy working on his new concerto that he will be premiering in California at the Cabrillo music festival.
Musician exist to share their soul, their personality, their everything through their music, he says.
"It's a magical process actually, in many cases very difficult to explain with words because everything happens somewhere in the air, but when you see the happy faces of the people ... during the performance or even after the performance, you really feel satisfied.
"Sometimes some periods are busy and I'm playing three other recitals at the moment.
"I would say that one needs to have huge stamina and psychological stability."