Omega and Tedeschi: “Magic can happen”

Simon Tedeschi

Pianist Simon Tedeschi is one of those rare talents adept at performing both jazz with its improvisational adventures, and classical music in style. His performing partners have included Jazz pianist Kevin Hunt, jazz violinist Ian Cooper, soprano Yvonne Kenny, pianist Roger Woodward and conductor Benjamin Northey. From Sydney’s The Basement, to Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the recording studio, a more eclectic collection of  performances venues would be hard to find.

Next month he joins Sydney’s Omega Ensemble at the City Recital Hall for a concert of chamber music that extends from Mozart to Carl Vine.

The Omega Ensemble

Tedeschi says  “Chamber music, perhaps the most elevated of all classical music, is always amazing, but with a group of like-minded young professionals magic can, and usually does, happen”. (

Clarinet player David Rowden founded the Omega Ensemble in 2005. The 11 musicians of the ensemble ‘mix and match’ to suit the repertoire that they play, and for this concert, Rowden will take centre stage for Brahms’ Clarinet Trio opus 114.  Just like his love for the alto voice, Brahms had a deep affinity with the clarinet. Apart from the trio opus 114, Brahms composed a clarinet quintet, and several clarinet sonatas. No other single instrument featured so strongly in his output.

Also on the programme, Richard Strauss’ puckish Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Carl Vine’s String Quartet No3, composed in 1994, and Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds K.452, scored for oboe, clarinet, horn bassoon and piano, and of which Mozart was apparently very proud.

Tickets: $60 (Full); concessions and student rates available. Additional fees may apply. Call (02) 8256 2222 or book online at or at the Box Office 2 Angel Place, Sydney.

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