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Simon Tedeschi

Simon Tedeschi

Simon Tedeschi is often described by critics and musical peers as one of the finest artists of his generation. At age 29, he has performed in recital and in concert in cities throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Central America and Australia.

Over the years, Simon has earned many international prizes and scholarships, including first prize in the keyboard section of the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London (2002), the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year and a Queen's Trust Overseas Study Award. More recently, Tedeschi was awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal. While based in the US Tedeschi has also received the Young Jewish Pianist Award and featured in 'New York's Emerging Artist' series held in New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage.

In 2000, Tedeschi signed a recording deal with Sony Music Australia. He has recorded with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Briger, and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under the batons of both Richard Bonynge and Benjamin Northey.
Simon has performed for many high profile figures including their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark, and various world leaders during the APEC Cultural Event in Sydney (2007). Simon is also committed to charitable causes, playing for the Dalai Lama at a fundraising concert in London (2000), and at the Sydney Opera House gala concert for the Wayside Chapel. He is the Roving Ambassador for The Australian Children's Music Foundation and the patron of the Bowraville Cultural Festival.

The versatility and scope of Tedeschi's appeal is exemplified by his collaboration with acclaimed musicians such as the world- renowned pianist Roger Woodward, jazz pianist Kevin Hunt, jazz violinist Ian Cooper, guitarist Slava Grigoryan and flautist Jane Rutter. Tedeschi is a one of the rare classical pianists able to cross over into jazz improvisation; he was the last pianist for renowned US jazz musician Larry Adler. Simon also played the hands of acclaimed pianist David Helfgott in the Oscar-winning movie Shine, and was the subject in Cherry Hood's striking portrait that won the 2002 Archibald Prize, for her work entitled Simon Tedeschi Unplugged.

In 2008, Tedeschi’s concert tours included Utah, Massachusetts, Colorado, Illinois, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. He returned to Australia to perform in the Brisbane Festival, Street Theatre in Canberra, and in Sydney for concerts at the Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall and The Basement. In early 2009, Simon performed for the G'day USA Celebrations in Carnegie Hall, to celebrate Inauguration Day. Later that year, he played in Europe, the USA, and New Zealand with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. In Australia, Simon performed for the Brisbane Festival in September, and played several concerts with Ian Cooper to launch their quintet’s new album. Simon has recently been named the recipient of the 2009 Legacy Award from the Creativity Foundation.

In 2010, Simon Tedeschi appeared as soloist with the Sydney Symphony and toured extensively throughout rural and regional Australia. 

This is Simon Tedeschi’s second appearance on this series.