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“The piece, which begins and ends quietly but achieves a resonant climax at its center, holds the listener through a canny blend of instrumental colors and combinations, chromatic but not dissonant, and ultimately pleasing.” —L.A. Times
Pianist Simon Trpceski has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra and will soon make his premiere with the San Francisco Symphony.


Fall under the spell of rising star Simon Trpceski in Saint-Saens’ romantic piano concerto, and lose yourself in de Falla’s tale of love with its blazing Ritual Fire Dance.

The LACO celebrates the world premiere of Ecstatic Visions, a chamber symphony by our composer-in-residence, Pierre Jalbert, and, as a rousing finale to the season, Jeffrey Kahane joins Simon Trpcski for a dazzling display at the piano.

Maestro Jeffrey Kahane’s pre-concert talk begins an hour before concert.



  • Pierre Jalbert: Chamber Symphony (Ecstatic Visions) [World Premiere]
  • Manuel de Falla: El Amor Brujo (Love, the Sorcerer)
  • Dvorak: Notturno in B major, Op. 40
  • Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor
  • to be announced: Four-hand piano work
  • About the Pianist

    Born in Macedonia in 1979, Simon Trpceski has won prizes in international piano competitions in the UK (World Piano Competition 2000), Czech Republic and Italy. In July 2002 he graduated from the Faculty of Music of the University of St Cyril and St Methodius in Skopje and he is continuing his studies with Professor Boris Romanov. He was a member of the BBC New Generation Scheme 2001 – 2003, and in May 2003 he was awarded the ‘Young Artist Award’ by the Royal Philharmonic Society.

    Simon’s first recital recording was made for EMI Classics’ Debut Series, featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Stravinsky and Prokofiev. In October 2003 it received both the Editor’s Choice and the Debut Album Awards at the Gramophone Awards. In Gramophone Magazine, Bryce Morrison wrote “Everything is musically and ardently inflected and while Trpceski’s virtuoso voltage…is awe-inspiring, his unfailing musicianship is even more remarkable.”

    About the Composer

    Pierre Jalbert has been composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since fall 2002. He received his musical training at Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Pennsylvania. He has received numerous awards for his compositions, including the Rome Prize in Composition, a Guggenheim fellowship, BMI and ASCAP Awards, a Society of Composer’s Award, the Bearns Prize in Composition, and a Tanglewood Music Center fellowship.

    His compositions have been performed throughout the United States and abroad, including two Carnegie Hall performances of his orchestral works. The Joyful Mysteries was performed by the New York Youth Symphony in 1992, and Shock-Waves was performed by the American Composers Orchestra in 1997. His orchestral works have also received performances from the Budapest Symphony. In October, 2001, the London Symphony performed his In Aeternam at the Barbican Centre in London as part of the BBC’s Masterprize Competition, in which he received first prize. He has also received commissions from violinist Midori, the Albany Symphony, the Vermont Symphony, the Fischer Duo, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Zeitgeist, and the Maia String Quartet, among others.

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