Simon Tedeschi

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Simon Tedeschi
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Background information
Born (1981-05-01) 1 May 1981 (age 38)
Gosford, Australia

Simon Tedeschi (born 1 May 1981) is an Australian classical pianist.

Early life[edit]

Tedeschi was born in Gosford to Mark Tedeschi QC, Senior Crown Prosecutor for New South Wales,[1] and photographer Vivienne Tedeschi, the daughter of a Polish Holocaust survivor, Lucy Gershwin.[2] He grew up on the North Shore of Sydney[3] and attended Beaumont Road Public School in West Killara[4] and St Andrew's Cathedral School in Sydney where the headmaster discouraged him from taking part in sports lest he damage his hands.[5]

His teachers were Neta Maughan in Australia, Noretta Conci in England and Peter Serkin in USA.

When he was 9 years old, he performed Mozart Piano Concerto no. 19 K.459 in the Sydney Opera House. At age 13, Tedeschi played for Luciano Pavarotti[citation needed].


Tedeschi signed with Sony Music Australia in 2000.[6] His debut CD, Simon Tedeschi, was nominated for at the ARIA Music Awards of 2000 for Best Classical Album.[7] In 2004 he recorded Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto and Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra with Richard Bonynge. His album, Grieg / Tchaikovsky – Piano Concertos, peaked at No. 12 on the ARIA Classical chart in October 2005.[8]

In November 2012 he released his next album, Gershwin and Me (Universal Music Group/ABC), which reached No. 4 on the ARIA Classical, No. 5 on the ARIA Hitseekers Albums, No. 68 on the ARIA Top 100 Physical Albums charts in January 2013.[9] In that year, a follow up album, Gershwin Take 2, by Tedeschi with James Morrison and Sarah McKenzie was issued.[10] It received two ARIA Award nominations in 2014 for Virginia Read's work as [11]

He released a recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition for ABC/Universal[12] and performed Rachmaninoff's Piano concerto no. 4 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.[13]

Tedeschi has played in the presence of different personalities of the world of politics, such as Vladimir Putin and George W Bush. He also played for the Dalai Lama at a fundraising concert.[citation needed]


He appeared regularly on the TV show Spicks and Specks on ABC TV,[14] and he participated in the Oscar-winning movie Shine, where he played the hands of David Helfgott.[15][16]

Work for children[edit]

He played the role of Mozart in Sydney Opera House’s Babies Proms,[17] and performed a show based on his childhood, Simon Tedeschi: Pianist and Prankster at the Monkey Baa Theatre Company.[18]


Tedeschi was awarded the ABC Young Performer of the Year in 1998,[19] performing the Ginastera Piano Concerto no. 1 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jun Markl. He was also the winner of the top prize in the keyboard section of the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London (2002).[20]

In January 2001 Tedeschi was awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal by the then Prime Minister of Australia John Howard with a citation, "For service as a Young Australian of the Year Finalist."[21]

Personal life[edit]

He currently lives in Sydney with his wife, painter Loribelle Spirovski.


  1. ^ "Hearing a different beat". 2 July 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Two Of Us : Lucy Gershwin And Simon Tedeschi". Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Member Profile – Simon Tedeschi",
  4. ^ "Pianist Simon Tedeschi visits his old school Beaumont Road Public School in Killara" by Danielle Nicastri, North Shore Times, 29 June 2014
  5. ^ "Old Andrean: Simon Tedeschi" Archived 14 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine by Melanie Pennington, Inspired (St Andrews' school paper), 2014, pp. 6–7
  6. ^ "Simon Tedeschi [sound recording] : [Gartner/Friedman, Scarlatti, Gershwin, Mageau, Palmgren, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Bach, Agnew, Shchedrin, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Seiber, Waller, Morton]. - Version details". Trove. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  7. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 2000". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  8. ^ Thomas, Tara (31 October 2005). "Week Commencing ~ 31st October 2005 ~ Issue #818" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (818): 20. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 November 2005. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  9. ^ Wallace, Ian (14 January 2013). "Week Commencing ~ 14th January 2013 ~ Issue #1194" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (1194): 8, 21, 23. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 January 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Simon Tedeschi - Gershwin: Take Two". ABC Music. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  11. ^ "2014 ARIA Awards Winners By Year". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  12. ^ Unit, Commercial Development. "Simon Tedeschi - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition". ABC Shop. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Sydney Symphony Orchestra | Symphony for the Common Man". Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  14. ^ ABC TV (19 February 2014), Spicks and Specks: Simon Tedeschi on Pianos, retrieved 23 April 2017
  15. ^ Kelly Burke, "Of genius and geekdom", Sydney Morning Herald, 18 September 1999, Spectrum, p. 3s
  16. ^ Jane Albert, "The Face", The Weekend Australian, 31 March - 1 April 2001, Review, p. R3
  17. ^ "Sydney Opera House Babies Proms - Meeting Mozart In Beijing". Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  18. ^ "Simon Tedeschi: Pianist and Prankster » Riverside Parramatta". Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  19. ^ "ABC Classic FM - Young Performers Awards returns in 2017". ABC Classic FM. Archived from the original on 23 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017. The competition has been an important launch-pad for many successful music careers, unearthing an extraordinary number of talents including Simon Tedeschi
  20. ^ "Royal Over-Seas League". Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL). Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  21. ^ "Award Extract – Name Tedeschi, Simon". Australian Honours Search Facility. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 9 February 2018.

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