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Simon Tedeschi’s Concert for Ukraine
October 20, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Pianist Simon Tedeschi presents a concert to raise funds for Ukraine with special guest and frequent collaborator, the brilliant flautist Sally Walker.
All the proceeds from ticket sales are to be donated to the cause. “My grandmother always told me that she volunteered at the Sydney Jewish Museum by sharing her story so that ‘what happened’ would never, ever happen again. Sadly, recent history has shown this to be an idealistic premise. Nevertheless, I believe it the duty of all free-thinking people to combat extremism, especially of a nationalistic variety.”
“I am organising a fundraising concert for Ukraine, at Camelot Lounge in Sydney, and 100% of proceeds will go to supporting the continuing effort of Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s illegal occupation. Joining me will be the incredible and generous flautist Sally Walker, in a concert of works from Poulenc to Gershwin, and music by Australian and Ukrainian composers too. I hope you’ll come along for this special evening in support of Ukraine, at this time when more support is urgently needed” says Tedeschi.
Simon Tedeschi is one of Australia’s most renowned classical pianists. A multiple award winner, he has performed for audiences, royalty and world leaders, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall via Asia and the Middle East. Simon performed his first Mozart piano concerto in the Sydney Opera House aged nine, later studying and performing in the USA. Since returning to Ain 2009, he regularly performs as soloist with all the major Australian symphony orchestras, and tours nationally for festivals, venues and presenters. Tedeschi also dabbles in jazz, and has co-written and toured internationally the Sydney Opera House’ Meeting Mozart show (for children), and a number of shows combining words and music. With numerous recordings for ABC Classics/Universal Music, Simon’s latest album release is ‘Debussy – Ravel’ with violist Roger Benedict, with tracks immediately selected for Apple and Spotify playlists in September 2022.
Flautist Sally Walker is known for her impeccable technical skill, musicality and versatility. Performing on modern and period flutes, piccolo and recorders, she has appeared at the London Proms, Salzburg, Lucerne, Tanglewood and Edinburgh Festivals. She was a grand finalist in the Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition (Italy), and prize-winner in the Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition (Germany). Awarded several scholarships, she is a regular Guest Principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Principal Flautist with the Omega Ensemble and lectures in Classical Performance (Woodwind) at the Australian National University School of Music. Sally has toured and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestras, is a former Principal Flute of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, was a member of Kölner Kammerorchester and has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Manchester Camerata, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. She has also performed as concerto soloist with orchestras including the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra (on both flute and piccolo), Orchestra Accademia I Filarmonici di Verona and the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn as well as many Australian orchestras. Her 2022 program includes a return to Canberra International Music Festival, UKARIA Cultural Centre (Adelaide) and performances with the ACO for ‘The Crowd & I’, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in its Beethoven Symphony cycle.