Kreisler & Rachmaninov
Simon Tedeschi and Andrew Haveron at St Ambrose Hall
Sunday 9th June, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Franz Schubert: Violin Sonata in A major, D574
Edvard Grieg: Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor, Op. 45
Extraordinary Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi returns to Woodend with special guest and Sydney Symphony concertmaster, Andrew Haveron, to pay homage to one of the early 20th century’s great duo partnerships: Kreisler and Rachmaninov. Recreating part of a concert program performed and recorded by these two giants of classical music’s history, Simon and Andrew share their admiration for two of their heroes with two great sonatas: Schubert’s Romantic ‘duo’ sonata and Grieg’s best-loved third violin sonata, a passionate work of breathtaking virtuosity.
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.
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 as well as in London with Noretta Conci and Boston with Peter Serkin.
Tedeschi has a string of international prizes and scholarships under his belt. This includes winning the Open Age Concerto Series and ‘Most Outstanding in all Youth Sections’ at the IBLA Grand Prize in Italy in 1994 and taking out the top prize in the keyboard section of the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London (2002).
While working with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Tedeschi went on to be named the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year and was a recipient of a $10,000 Queen’s Trust Overseas Study Award.
More recently, Tedeschi was awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal by the Prime Minister of Australia and was the recipient of an award from the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia and the Australian Opera Auditions Committee.
In 2000, Tedeschi signed a recording deal with Sony Music Australia under its Sony Classics label and his debut CD led to nominations for an ARIA award for Classical Record of the Year.
The versatility and scope of Tedeschi’s appeal is exemplified by having shared the stage with numerous acclaimed musicians, including conductor Alan Gilbert, soprano Yvonne Kenny, jazz luminary James Morrison and Larry Adler, the legendary Harmonica player who called Tedeschi ‘the greatest pianist he ever heard.’ At age 13, Tedeschi gave a private recital to the iconic Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
In 2004, Tedeschi recorded Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto and Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Richard Bonynge and in 2013 recorded Gershwin and Me (Universal/ABC), a CD of both solo and orchestral music that went to number 1 on the classical music charts for two weeks.
Regularly invited to perform for foreign dignitaries, Tedeschi has entertained the likes of Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark, Vladimir Putin, George W Bush and Nelson Mandela at events such as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, World Expo and G’day USA.
Andrew Haveron has established himself as one of the most sought after violinists of his generation. The highest British prize-winner at the prestigious ‘Paganini’ competition for the last fifty years, Andrew studied in London at the Purcell School and the Royal College of Music. With unrivalled versatility Andrew is a highly respected soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster. As a soloist Andrew has performed concertos with conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Sir Roger Norrington, Jiří Bělohlávek, Stanislaw Skrowachewski, David Robertson and John Wilson, performing a broad range of well known and less familiar repertoire with many of the UK’s finest orchestras.
In 1999 Andrew was appointed first violinist of the internationally acclaimed Brodsky Quartet. A busy schedule saw the quartet perform and broadcast in their unique style all over the world collaborating with outstanding artists and commissioning many new works from today’s composers. Also famed for their iconic ‘cross-genre’ projects the quartet enjoyed barrier-breaking work with Elvis Costello, Björk, Paul McCartney and Sting. Andrew recorded more than fifteen albums with the quartet, many of which received industry awards such as “Diapason d’or” and “Choc du Monde”. Andrew has also appeared with numerous other groups such as the Nash and Hebrides ensembles, the Logos Chamber Group, Kathy Selby and the Omega Ensemble.
Andrew is also in great demand as a concertmaster and director and has worked with all the major symphony orchestras in the UK and many further afield. In July 2007 he became concertmaster of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, broadcasting frequently on BBC Radio and enjoying many appearances at the BBC Proms including the famous “Last Night”. Joining the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2012 Andrew also led the ‘World Orchestra for Peace’ at the request of its conductor Valery Gergiev. He has also been the leader of ‘The John Wilson Orchestra’ since its inception. Most recently, Andrew has taken up his new role as concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Alongside his work in Australia this season Andrew will also be appearing with orchestras in Singapore, Hong Kong and London and will also be touring with The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.