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Music By The Sea believes that ART is essential for the wellbeing of the community


Music By The Sea Concert Series 2015


First Saturday each month


6th June, 7:30pm, Sandgate Town Hall




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 Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark.

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, Musica Viva, Queensland Music Festival and numerous concert series around the country.

His wide-ranging discography includes highly acclaimed recordings of concerti by Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Mozart, and popular solo albums, Gershwin and Me and Gershwin: Take Two (ABC Classics/UMA), both reaching no.1 on the Limelight Classical Charts. 2014 saw the release of Tender Earth, selected as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Limelight magazine, and ‘CD of the Week’ on both ABC Classic FM and Fine Music 102.5 FM.

PROGRAM will include Gershwin favourites including I Got RhythmSummertime‘S WonderfulThe Man I LoveRhapsody in Blue and more from composers from Gershwin’s world, including Rachmaninov, Debussy, Grainger and Fats Waller.

“Gershwin has in many ways been the musical accompaniment to my life. Like any composer, however, George Gershwin was more than an island - he was a repository of cultural influences and experiences that informed his compositional style. From 19th century Russia to Tin Pan Alley, Stride piano to Cuba, Gershwin took everything in but invested them all with his unique sound. Join me on a personal journey through some of Gershwin’s works and classical composers in his world.”- Simon Tedeschi

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 abundance of his musicality serves these treasures well
The New York City 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 soarsLimelight 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, 2013 (Gershwin and Me)

“Tedeschi draws the listener into his world… a rare gift.” - London Evening Standard “True greatness” - Sydney Morning Herald