Riverside Theatres presents
SIMON TEDESCHI AND THE ORAVA QUARTET
Brilliant classical pianist, Simon Tedeschi joins forces with the extraordinary Orava Quartet to present an undisputed masterwork of classical chamber music, Brahms’ Piano Quintet op.34. By turns dramatic, lyrical and powerfully intense, this work will long be remembered in the hands of these stars of Australian classical music. Don’t miss the chance to hear this world-class string quartet live in Sydney, in their Riverside debut: chosen for Deutsche Grammophon’s historic first Australian recording release, and touring (pre-COVID) to Asia, Europe and North America, the Oravas will bring their inimitable touch to Shostakovich’s sixth string quartet – at first glance carefree and optimistic yet still somehow unsettling – directly from their highly anticipated second album, due for 2022 release.
Shostakovich String Quartet no.6 op.101, in G major
Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34
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Simon Tedeschi is one of Australia’s most renowned classical pianists, winner of the Young Performer of the Year Award (Australia), the Creativity Foundation’s Legacy Award (USA), and the New York Young Jewish Pianist Award. Recipient of a Centenary of Federation Medal, he has performed for audiences, royalty and world leaders worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts.
Acclaimed by respected critics and peers as “True greatness” (Sydney Morning Herald), Tedeschi performed his first Mozart piano concerto in the Sydney Opera House at age nine, later living in the USA and performing with the Colorado, Fort Worth and Illinois Symphony Orchestras. Since returning in 2009, Tedeschi performs as soloist with all major Australasian symphony orchestras, most recently with the Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras; a frequent guest of festivals, he has also toured extensively overseas with Sydney Opera House’ family show, ‘Meeting Mozart’ (produced by CDP) including to the UAE and China.
Recent engagements have included as soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Sydney Festival, Art Gallery of NSW, performances of Echoes of the Jazz Age – Tedeschi’s third creative collaboration with Australian theatre icon John Bell AO OBE. 2020/21 also saw concerts with violinist Andrew Haveron, flautist Sally Walker, for the Salon Series at The Langham (Sydney), for Live At Yours, Musica Viva Australia, ABC Classic, Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, and in The Australian’s Iso series. 2022 engagements include as soloist with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, touring two new shows with John Bell, ‘Words and Music’ and ‘With love, Amadeus’; concerts and masterclasses for the Joan, Monash Academy of Performing Arts, regional orchestral performances of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and more. Tedeschi also makes his literary debut with the release of Fugitive, for Upswell Publishing, in 2022.
Simon is married to acclaimed artist and three-time Archibald Prize finalist, Loribelle Spirovski. www.simontedeschi.com
The Orava Quartet has been hailed by Limelight magazine as “the most exciting young quartet on the block” and predicted by The Australian to become “one of Australia’s proudest cultural exports.” Earning a reputation and devoted following for their genuinely thrilling performances, the Quartet – brothers Daniel and Karol Kowalik (violin and cello), violinist David Dalseno and violist Thomas Chawner – bring their unique sound and breathtaking intensity to the classics of the string quartet canon.
Selected by Deutsche Grammophon for its historic, first Australian recording release in 2018, received with widespread critical acclaim, Orava Quartet has performed throughout North America, the UAE, and Asia, working closely with the world-renowned Takács Quartet in the USA and winning top prizes at the 2013 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition.
Brisbane-based, Orava Quartet performs at venues and festivals including Sydney Opera House’ Utzon Music Series, VIVID Sydney with Sufjan Stevens, New Zealand and Melbourne Festivals, Melbourne Recital Centre, Musica Viva, Canberra and Queensland Music Festivals. Praise for their live performances includes “gut-wrenching” (ArtsHub), “masterful” (Dominion Post) and “a beauty” (SMH). Recent performances include at Sydney Opera House Utzon Room, City Recital Hall Angel Place, Brisbane Music Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music and for HOTA Gold Coast, for Melbourne Recital Centre’s Southbank Series and the 3MBS Dvorak Marathon; the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Bangalow Music Festival, UKARIA Cultural Centre (Adelaide) and a tour to Canada including the Festival International Hautes-Laurentides (Québec) and Musique et Autres Mondes Festival (Ottawa). In 2022, the Quartet continue in their eighth year as Camerata’s Artist-in-Residence, and second year in residence at Bangalow Music Festival, with highlights including Canberra International Music Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, Blackheath Chamber Music Festival (NSW), and the long-anticipated recording and release of their second album for Universal Music/Deutsche Grammophon.
For more information visit www.oravaquartet.com and social media.
About Simon Tedeschi
“pure brilliance… masterful… This was a powerhouse performance with an intense corporeality… insightful and exhilarating” – Sydney Morning Herald
“a dazzling performance” – StageWhispers (March 2021)
About The Orava Quartet
“No one who heard this performance will ever forget it.” – Australian Stage
“Within the next decade, the Orava Quartet will surely take its place as one of the most accomplished string quartets on the planet… as well as becoming one of Australia’s proudest cultural exports.” – The Australian (2018)
“beautifully calculated and co-ordinated, time and motion seemed to defy the laws of physics” – The Washington Post