Simon Tedeschi “A Gush of Gershwin” (Review)

On Sunday, 20th September 2015, I attended a charity fundraiser concert

starring Simon Tedeschi & The Cameraygal Wind Symphony. I must say it

was one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended!

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“If maths were music, then Simon would be at the top of the class.” 
Simon’s School Report – Year 4

Simon entered his old school’s hall to be reunited with his old baby grand

piano, the piano which the Department of Education gave him at Beaumont

Road Public school for his excellence in music, which he generously gave

to his primary school. What was suppose to be a one hour performance,

was just over two hours,  thanks to Simon’s generousity. The audience was

captivated by not only Simon’s passionate piano playing but also his

humbleness and humilty when he joked about his memories at school.   

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Simon played wonderful pieces by George Gershwin, including his version of

Rhapsody in Blue. The crowd gave him two standing ovations, which prompted

him to play more. Simon joked, “We must play a piece by a famous Chinese

musician called Tu – Ning,” meaning he and the orchestra had to tune their

instruments since he was persuaded by the audience to play more. By 5.30pm,

the crowd was uplifted and on a joyful high, they clapped and cheered and

walked out of the hall with smiles on their faces. Simon’s piano playing truly

touched everyone who attended. He’s a true genious and deserves the success

he’s achieved.

Simon playing (snippet) https://instagram.com/p/72EtHjGtho/?taken-by=joyhouseproductions

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ABOUT SIMON

Simon Tedeschi is an Australian classical pianist. Tedeschi was born in Gosford to Mark Tedeschi QC, Senior Crown Prosecutor for New South Wales and photographer and Vivienne Tedeschi. 

Simon first performed a Mozart Piano Concerto at age 9 in the Sydney Opera House. He has studied piano in Australia with Neta Maughan for 10 years as well as in London with Noretta Conci and Boston with Peter Serkin.

He has been awarded many international prizes and scholarships. This includes winning the Open Age Concerto Series and ‘Most Outstanding in all Youth Sections’ at the IBLA Grand Prize in Italy in 1994 and taking out the top prize in the keyboard section of the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London (2002).

While working with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Tedeschi went on to be named the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year and was a recipient of a $10,000 Queen’s Trust Overseas Study Award.

More recently, Tedeschi was awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal by the Prime Minister of Australia and was the recipient of an award from the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia and the Australian Opera Auditions Committee.

Upcoming Performances

SEPTEMBER 2015

22 SEP – BRISBANE, QUEENSLANDGERSHWIN RECITAL
27 SEP – AVOCA BEACH, NSWPERFORMING MUSSORGSKY’S PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

OCTOBER 2015

OCT- NEWCASTLE, NSWPERFORMING MUSSORGSKY AND TCHAIKOVSKY
OCT- ADELAIDE, SASOLO RECITAL – MUSSORGSKY AND TCHAIKOVSKY
OCT- MELBOURNE, VICSOLO RECITAL, PERFORMING TCHAIKOVSKY AND MUSSORGSKY
10 OCT – MOUNT MACEDON, VICSOLO RECITAL
11 OCT – SYDNEY, NSWRUSSIAN RECITAL
20 OCT– 21 – PARRAMATTA, NSWSIMON TEDESCHI – PIANIST AND PRANKSTER! (FOR SCHOOL KIDS)
30 OCT – BAYVIEW, NSWSOLO RECITAL, PENINSULA MUSIC CLUB

NOVEMBER

NOV- LINDFIELD, NSWSOLO RECITAL
NOV – COFFS HARBOUR, NSWPICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION – MUSSORGSKY
NOV- SYDNEY, NSWPRIVATE EVENT WITH JANE RUTTER, FLUTE
15 NOV – ALBURY, NSWSOLO RECITAL
29 NOV – HUNTERS HILL, NSWSOLO RECITAL

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

“Tedeschi..the rarest of gems..cast his spell..confirming the long held belief that you can tell a true artist within five minutes. I have never heard such subtle control of line, such proportion, such a complete mastery of space.. Technically the playing was nearly faultless and refined to an unusual degree. Yes, he’s musical..a technical wizard..has the brain power..his clear joy of being on stage..exquisite, motionless beauty! One way or another you will hear from him again.”
Gordon Sparber, Winston Salem Journal

“Greatness can be difficult to define but its presence is also tangible. In Simon Tedeschi’s recital…there was no doubting that greatness. The music…all of it technically daunting, seemed to flow,unimpeded, through the fingers of this extraordinary, 18 year old Sydney pianist. When I last heard (this piece of music) in a concert, that pianist made everything sound terribly difficult (which the music is). With Tedeschi it all danced and glittered…brilliant and technically daunting, in this performance it was dazzling…Tedeschi never overdid his treatment…he had the measure of music in every respect. Tedeschi played it with tact and poise, all the more remarkable after the virtuosity of the two redoubtable memorial fantasies…It was a triumph for Tedeschi…Was it wild? Yes, but formidably disciplined too – an exhilarating piece played with breathless flair, for a breathless audience. True greatness.”
John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, 2001

“…(his) command of the keyboard and musical insight continue to grow and impress…enormous technical fluency and a wry sense of humor…Tedeschi made the virtuosic passages seem like child’s play, but never let this most articulate music to become childish gobbledygook…an enchanting account…the pianist’s feeling for colour, sonority and poise never deserted his performance, an encouraging sign in a young artist.”
David Vance, Sydney Morning Herald

“Brilliant…he seemed clearly the most musically mature of them all…done with a subtlety and grace…”
Lawrie Strachan, the Australian

“He was quite brilliant…Tedeschi’s technique is impressive, and his whole manner shows maturity beyond his years.”
Lawrie Strachan, the Australian

“The night’s star…promises much for the future…”
Diana Simmonds, the Bulletin

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