11/4/2010 - Internationally-Acclaimed Pianist to perform
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Internationally-Acclaimed Pianist to perform at Judson in November:
Judson College will present internationally-acclaimed Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi as part of its annual Concert/Lecture Series on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.
Tedeschi will be accompanied by his musical partner, violinist Mariia Gorkun of Ukraine.
Tedeschi performed his first Mozart Piano Concerto in the Sydney Opera House at age 9. Soon afterward, in 1994, he entered his first international piano competition in Italy, where he was voted the "most outstanding performer in all youth sections."
During the next several years, he toured the U.S. and was one of only 20 pianists worldwide accepted to the Van Cliburn Institute in Texas.
He also played the hands of David Helfgott in the movie "Shine."
Tedeschi's teachers have included Neta Maughan in Australia and Noretta Conci in London. His performances and recordings have garnered an array of awards, including Symphony Australia "Young performer of the Year," "Centenary of Federation Medal of Australia" and honors for keyboard at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London.
Most recently he received the Creativity Foundation's "2009 Legacy Medal" for his exceptional creative promise.
Tedeschi's performances have been enjoyed by heads of state and eminent international figures, including Luciano Pavarotti, the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum attended by George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin of Russia, the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark and twice by the Dalai Lama.
Tedeschi's debut CD in 2000 with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under Richard Bonynge led to nominations for an MO Award for "Classical Performer of the Year" and an ARIA award for "Classical Record of the Year."
In his twenties, Tedeschi began to develop a jazz repertoire and has been called by fellow Gershwin interpreter Larry Adler "the finest Gershwin exponent I have ever seen."
Charitable performances have a prominent part in Tedeschi's performing schedule; he has performed for the Karuna Foundation in support of Cambodian orphans, the Mater Hospital, the Wayside Chapel and in support of the Dalai Lama.
He is the roving ambassador for the Australian Children's Music Foundation, patron of the Bowraville Cultural Festival and patron of The MicroLoan Foundation in Australia.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1982, Mariia Gorkun enjoys a reputation for both traditional and non-traditional repertoire.
She studied at the Tchaikovsky Music Academy, finishing the postgraduate course of chamber music and graduating with excellence. She is also a student of Mark Lakirovich at the Longy School of Music in Boston.
Gorkun's performance career has taken her to Europe, the Middle East, the USA and Australia, where she has performed chamber music, recitals and concerti. She has been a laureate of a number of competitions, including the International K.Mazur Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia and the International Competition for Twenty-First Century Art in Vorzel, Ukraine.
The program on Nov. 4 will be in the Alumnae Auditorium and will feature selections from Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Liszt, Debussy and Gershwin.
The event is free and the public is cordially invited.
For more information contact Concert/Lecture chair, Dr. Thomas Wilson, at 334.683.5179.
*Article courtesy of the Judson College Public Relations Department.