Simon Tedeschi / Kevin Hunt – ‘I Want to Play Like Him’
Join the mutual admiration society of two pianists. A two piano performance that transcends genre, resulting in a unique blend of styles and backgrounds. It stirs the jazz and classical realms into one musical recipe. The two have played throughout Australia to great acclaim. The duo are receiving rave reviews across Australia.
Tedeschi and Hunt serve up an exciting mix of audience favourites, with music from Bach to Duke Ellington and other classical and jazz greats such as Shostakovich, Debussy, Fats Waller, Brubeck and Oscar Peterson. Gershwin’s much-lauded masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue receives a new pianistic polish from the two maestros.
Particularly exciting for the duo will be their performance of Duke Ellington’s historic ‘Black ‘ from Black Brown and Beige. Premiering at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1943 it portrayed the history of African Americans. “Simon has always loved jazz and has recently been ‘soaking up ‘ the American Jazz feeling. Equally I have always loved classical music for its detail of sound production and composition, ” said Kevin Hunt. “The music we play together constantly weaves between jazz and classical forms, and now after years of playing together our improvising has become an exciting focus of the performance.”
Kevin Hunt is a popular and versatile jazz pianist. He has, over the last 18 years, shared the stage with international artists including: Herb Ellis, Billy Cobham, Sheila Jordon, and Larry Adler. He has also recorded and performed with most of Sydney’s prominent jazz artists.
He works with his own trio, the Kevin Hunt JS Bach Trio, and also tours extensively with Don Burrows. Kevin and Don conduct workshops and master classes for school and university students.
“They were still wanting more from pianists Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt when the performance finally ended over two hours later. Whether I Want to Play Like Him is really a cabaret act or not seemed to matter less than the richly playful quality of what the performers were doing with a lot of jazz, a little classical and a bit of original.”
Canberra Times, July 23, 2008
Simon Tedeschi and Ian Cooper are now collaborating in a joyous and dynamic journey of musical wizardry. These two are in their own right, virtuosos, with the ability to perform the great classical repertoire as well as improvise over the coolest Jazz. Performing everything from Bach to Brubeck, these two have taken Australia by storm with their consummate skill and love of performing. Ian Cooper and Simon Tedeschi are a musical sensation, leaving audiences on their feet and calling for more.
“Putting Tedeschi and Cooper together is like mixing nitro with glycerine
- an explosion of musical virtuosity” – James Morrison
“An absolute treat for all those fortunate enough to hear it…from J.S. Bach to Charlie Parker….these musicians (Ian Cooper and Simon Tedeschi) are totally professional, with an impeccable technique, showing a complete mastery of their instrument….their infectious personalities endeared them to their listeners from the beginning. Their amazing rapport with the audience and with eachother was unique and very entertaining…”
Blue Mountains Gazette, July 22, 2007.
“Ian Cooper (Violin), and Simon Tedeschi (Piano) are both great entertainers and performers. The near capacity audience at Bennetts Lane Jazz club are captivated…”
Steve, Indigo4music.com, November 2, 2009
Tedeschi and Cooper perform material from The Classics, Jazz, Gypsy, Cowboy, and more with their trade-mark wit and enthusiasm. Be amazed and entertained as these two instrumental geniuses try to out-do each other. Guaranteed to be a brilliant and fun show.
Simon Tedeschi and Jane Rutter
Jane Rutter and Simon Tedeschi bring their musical virtuosity, wry humour and flair for entertainment to a
concert that sparkles with technical brilliance. Their dynamic and effervescent personalities have made them two of Australia’s best loved and respected solo artists. Both Simon and Jane are classical artists able to “cross over” seamlessly from traditional classical repertoire into popular music including jazz, world music and lighter musical theatre styles through their collaborations with many of Australia’s leading artists. Together Jane and Simon bring their rich experience to the performance of a program that celebrates the beauty of Paris through an evocative French repertoire and pieces by Gershwin.
Roger Woodward and Simon Tedeschi
Two of Australia’s best-known classical pianists together in an exuberant joint performance of pianistic virtuosity.