Simon Tedeschi is one of Australia’s most renowned and sought-after pianists, awarded several prestigious prizes including first prize in the Keyboard division of the Royal Overseas League Competition (UK), Symphony Australia’s Young Performer of the Year Award, and the Legacy Award from the Creativity Foundation (USA). Also recipient of a Centenary of Federation Medal, Tedeschi has performed in major concert halls throughout Europe, North America and Asia, and for world leaders such as George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama.
As soloist, Tedeschi regularly performs with orchestras around Australia and worldwide, with conductors including Richard Bonynge, Alan Gilbert, Jun Märkl and Sir William Southgate. Based in the USA for several years, since returning to Sydney in 2010, Tedeschi has performed for the Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall Angel Place, Melbourne Recital Centre, Musica Viva, Queensland and Brisbane Music Festivals and numerous concert series around the country.
Following Tedeschi’s 2015 critically acclaimed national tour to launch the new recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (ABC Classics) - described as “pure brilliance... a powerhouse performance with an intense corporeality” (Sydney Morning Herald, 2015) and Editor’s Choice in Limelight Magazine (5 stars) - engagements in 2016 include further concerts of Pictures at the Art Gallery of NSW, National Portrait Gallery (Canberra), and for Brisbane’s Music by the Sea Festival; as soloist with Sydney Youth Orchestra with conductor Alexander Briger (Brahms), two tours to Perth including for the Fremantle Heritage Festival, regional tours for Musica Viva, and concerts at venues such as Sydney Town Hall, Brisbane City Hall, Casula Powerhouse, the Concourse (Sydney), for Monash University and Yarra Ranges (VIC), among many others.
Tedeschi’s wide-ranging discography includes acclaimed recordings of concerti by Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Mozart, and solo albums, Gershwin and Me and Gershwin: Take Two, and Tender Earth (ABC Classics), all making the top 5 in the ARIA and Limelight Classical Charts, with this last selected as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Limelight magazine, and ‘CD of the Week’ on both ABC Classic FM and Fine Music 102.5 FM. He also played the hands of acclaimed pianist David Helfgott for the Oscar-winning film Shine, directed by Scott Hicks.
Simon is Artistic Patron of Fine Music 102.5FM, an Ambassador for the Australian Children's Music Foundation, Blue Mountains Concert Society and the Sydney and Ryde Eisteddfods.
For more information, visit www.simontedeschi.com
“pure brilliance... masterful ability to establish a mood within a few keystrokes... This was a powerhouse performance with an intense corporeality... Tedeschi took the piano to the edge of ugliness, wallowing deliberately at times, but always with a sense of the totality of the work. An insightful and exhilarating performance from a great artist.”
– Sydney Morning Herald, Oct 2015 (Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition)
“The audience leapt to its feet as the last massive unison of Simon Tedeschi’s superb performance of Pictures at an Exhibition died away, and they kept clapping until he’d returned to the stage three times more... A commanding and authoritative performance by one of Australia’s finest pianists” – Adelaide Advertiser, Oct 2015 (Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition)
“Tedeschi’s interpretation was both exciting and exquisite. The melodic lines we know and love in this work were beautifully structured and played with virtuosic care... brimming with energy, colours and thankfully also a deal of Tedeschi’s characteristic poise” – Sydney Arts Guide, June 2015 (Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, op.16)
“The combination of powerful virtuosity... along with masterful artistry... make this a compelling aural experience. From Tedeschi’s hands are found the greatest subtleties, as well as the gigantean assertiveness needed in much of the dramatic passages of both works... what a showcase [the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no.1] is for ... one of Australia’s finest pianists” (4 STARS)
– Fine Music Magazine, Sept 2014 (Tchaikovsky/Grieg)
“Tedeschi draws the listener into his world... a rare gift.” - London Evening Standard
“A warmness, and at times an irresistible groove, instils it with a playful energy... Tedeschi inhabits each sound world perfectly, and shades the transitions flawlessly and with great sensitivity.” – Limelight Magazine, 2014 (Tender Earth)
"Tedeschi is eminently suited to mine the rich variety that is the Gershwin heritage... Tedeschi can dive and dive deeply he does, with a pulsating delivery" - The NewYorkCity Jazz Record 2014 (Gershwin: Take Two)
“It's in the solo works that Tedeschi's art is best savoured, and nowhere more so than in the solo version of Rhapsody in Blue. Here, Tedeschi.. really soars" – Limelight Magazine, 2014 (Gershwin: Take Two)
"It's a brave Aussie pianist who ventures into quintessentially American territory, especially with those Yankee Michaels (Tilson Thomas, Feinstein) breathing down your neck. ... Yet.. Simon Tedeschi joins the pantheon of these Gershwin gods."
- The Australian, March 2013 (Gershwin and Me)
“Simon Tedeschi was an inspired choice of soloist. He leaped into the work with brittle glee... a keen musical intelligence prevailed. His lyrical moments had a wonderful, airy feel of taking a tune for a walk, full of relaxed curiosity about where it might end up.”
- Sydney Morning Herald, 2010 (Shostakovich Piano Concerto no.1)