Simon Tedeschi is quite often described by respected critics and musical peers as “one of the finest artists in the world” making the young pianist’s mark on music both undeniable and admirable. Renowned especially for championing non standard repertoire, Tedeschi enjoys a full international performing career.
With a successful career already secured at age 27, Tedeschi 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 (between 1990 and 2000) as well as in London with Noretta Conci.
Tedeschi has a string of international prizes and scholarships under his belt.
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Blog posts and interviews with Simon
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We asked Simon a few questions
- How old were you when you decided to be a musician and what led you the instrument(s) you now play? I was 5, nearly 6, and a classmate of mine in Year 1 was playing the piano one day. The reason he was playing was because he had cerebral palsy and it was part of his physical therapy to play the piano. I remember being thunderstruck by the tonal range of the piano. From that very day, there was no option: I had to be a pianist. Accordingly, I nagged my mother to enrol me with a piano teacher – and there happened to be one on our street in Lindfield!
- When you’re not rehearsing/performing/teaching, where are you most likely to be? Watching a film by Harmony Korine, Lars Von Trier or bludging up on the mid north coast with my girlfriend and mother, fishing line in hand. It’s truly the only way I can relax.
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? Sparkling water. Boring, I know. Everyone always told me that I’d mature eventually and enjoy alcohol. It never happened. Neither did maturing.
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? I reckon an hour is perfect. 2 hours is too long for me (as an audience member).If you look at a cricket game, the slip fielders relax and talk amongst themselves in between every delivery in order to dispel the tension from that level of concentration. On the contrary, we musicians often have to go hours without relenting. It’s a cliche, but the brain is a muscle and muscles need rest and regeneration.
- When should we clap? Between every movement, and loudly.