Acclaimed by respected critics and peers as ‘True greatness’ (Sydney Morning Herald), Simon Tedeschi has performed solo recitals throughout Europe, the USA and Asia, and appeared as soloist with the Colorado, Fort Worth and Illinois Symphony Orchestras (USA), the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (NZ) and the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, under the baton of conductors such as Richard Bonynge, Alan Gilbert, Michael Halász, Jun Märkl, Sir William Southgate, and Patrick Thomas. He is renowned especially for championing non-standard repertoire for piano.
Simon Tedeschi performed his first Mozart piano concerto in the Sydney Opera House at age nine. A student of Neta Maughan, Noretta Conci and Peter Serkin, he has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award, Queen’s Trust Overseas Study Award, and first prize in the Keyboard division of London's Royal Overseas League Music Competition (2002). He is also recipient of the prestigious Legacy Award from the Creativity Foundation (USA), and a Centenary of Federation Medal from the Prime Minister of Australia.
He has performed for dignitaries and world leaders such as George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela, Hu Jintao, Shinzo Abe, the Dalai Lama, and their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark. Based in the USA for several years, courtesy of the American Australian Association and the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, in 2009 Simon Tedeschi performed in Carnegie Hall, won the New York Young Jewish Pianist Award and was featured in the Emerging Artist series held in the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
As one of the most sought-after pianists in Australia, since returning to Sydney in 2010, Simon Tedeschi has performed for the Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Musica Viva, and several concert series and major venues around the country. Recent engagements include Mozart with Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Grieg with The Metropolitan Orchestra and the Sydney Youth Orchestra; recitals with soprano Yvonne Kenny, violist Roger Benedict and the Sydney Omega Ensemble; an extensive regional tour for the Queensland Music Festival; playing and presenting at the Sunrise Conference, as part of VIVID Sydney; over 30 performances as part of the Sydney Opera House’s Education program (his Babies Proms show Meeting Mozart has delighted young audiences as far afield as Abu Dhabi); and performances of Simon Tedeschi: Pianist & Prankster for Monkey Baa Theatre at Adelaide Festival Centre, Melbourne Recital Centre and in Sydney at Riverside Theatres and Casula Powerhouse,
Simon Tedeschi's wide-ranging discography includes highly acclaimed recordings of piano concertos by Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Leroy Anderson with the Queensland, Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. It also includes the duo jazz and classical album Woodlands (ABC Jazz) and popular solo albums Gershwin and Me and Gershwin: Take Two (ABC Classics), both reaching No. 1 in the Limelight charts; these albums have recently been reissued as a 2CD box set. Tedeschi’s 2014 solo release for ABC Classics, Tender Earth, comprising handpicked works by leading Australian jazz composers including Mark Isaacs and Mike Nock, was selected as Editor’s Choice in Limelight magazine, and CD of the Week on both ABC Classic FM and Fine Music 102.5 FM.
Alongside his classical performances, Simon Tedeschi is one of the few classical pianists able to cross over into jazz improvisation. The versatility and scope of his appeal is exemplified by his collaboration with acclaimed musicians across different genres and styles: he was the last pianist for renowned US jazz musician Larry Adler, who remarked, ‘I just wish Gershwin were here... [Simon is] the finest exponent of his music I have ever seen.’ Tedeschi regularly appears with legendary trumpet player James Morrison, and jazz pianist Kevin Hunt.
His talent and profile have also enabled him to enjoy reach across artforms, most notably as the subject of Cherry Hood's striking portrait Simon Tedeschi Unplugged, which won the Archibald Prize in 2002. He was also invited to play the hands of acclaimed pianist David Helfgott for the Oscar-winning film Shine, directed by Scott Hicks, and is a guest columnist for publications such as The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Limelight Magazine, SBS Feast Magazine and ABC’s The Drum.
Support of charitable endeavours is a key commitment for Simon Tedeschi, which has led him to perform for fundraising events for the Dalai Lama in London, the Karuna Foundation in support of Cambodian Orphans, and the Wayside Chapel in Sydney. He is Artistic Patron of Fine Music 102.5FM, a Roving Ambassador for the Australian Children's Music Foundation, and Ambassador for Sydney and Ryde Eisteddfods, Blue Mountains Concert Society and the Bowraville Cultural Festival.