First Love – the Accordion

Accordion DoodleUpcoming guest artist, Simon Trpčeski, declared in an interview for International Piano Magazine, May/June 2013 that his first love was the accordion, not the piano.

Trpčeski said that when he was 3 1/2 or 4 years old, his father gave him a small accordion on which he immediately began picking out melodies. Before long, he was playing and singing in folk festivals. When he was 7 years old, he entered a primary music school, but accordion lessons were not offered at this school.Trpčeski turned instead to the piano – an instrument, which at least had a keyboard like the accordion.

Fortunately,Trpčeski now loves the piano. He is a soloist and chamber musician known for the beauty of playing. He will perform a program of Brahms, Ravel, and Liszt on March 1st, 4:00 PM at LaSells Stewart Center. More info.

~Bonnie Esbensen

P.S. In addition to his performance on the Steinway Piano Series, Trpceski will give a Master Class on Monday, March 2. More info.

“Electrifying virtuosity, but no whiff of show-off. . . . Head plus heart, lots of heart.”
   ~Geoff Brown, The London Times