Concert pianist Simon Tedeschi brings his talents to Valley
Often described as one of the finest musicians of his generation, concert pianist Simon Tedeschi first performed at the Sydney Opera House at age nine. After winning the Symphony Australia 'Young Performer of the Year Award', his career has spanned tours in 27 countries.
He has performed for George W Bush, Vladimir Putin, Hu Jin Tao, the Dalai Lama and Luciano Pavarotti, and has collaborated with instrumentalists as varied as James Morrison, Roger Woodward, and Larry Adler (this last describing him as the finest pianist he ever worked with).
The winner of many awards including the Centenary Medal from the Prime Minister of Australia, Tedeschi's profile has permeated to other art forms, most notably as the subject in Cherry Hood's striking portrait of Tedeschi that won the 2002 Archibald Prize. He is also attached to the Oscar-winning movie Shine, playing the hands of acclaimed pianist David Helfgott, and is guest columnist for publications including The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, Limelight magazine and ABC's The Drum.
Simon is committed to supporting charities, performing for fundraising events for the Dalai Lama in London and the Wayside Chapel in Sydney. He is a roving ambassador for the Australian Children's Music Foundation, and ambassador for Fine Music FM, Sydney and Ryde eisteddfods, Microloan Foundation Australia, Blue Mountains Concert Society and the Bowraville Cultural Festival.
Simon will be performing this Sunday (June 21) at the Saraton Theatre at 2pm.
Tickets are available at the Saraton (6642 1633) and online at http://www.saraton.com (the online tickets attract a $1 booking fee). Prices are: Adults $30; Concession $25; Under 18 students $10 and CVCon students under-18 free. Phone CVCon 6643 3555 for more information.