Simon Tedeschi and the Orava Quartet

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Simon Tedeschi and the Orava Quartet

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 22 August 2021
Category Live Event


The performance of Simon Tedeschi and the Orava Quartet scheduled for Sunday 22 August 2021 is unfortunately unable to proceed due the restrictions of the current NSW Public Health Orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new date will be announced shortly.

Our Box Office team will be in contact with you in due course to discuss either rescheduling of your tickets or processing of a full refund.

Riverside Theatres Presents

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 Nordic folk music made famous by the Danish String Quartet, and Shostakovich’s brief but thrilling string quartet no.7.

Music Program:

Nordic Folk music arr. Danish String Quartet (from Wood Works)
            Ye Honest Bridal Couple (Faroe Islands)/ Sønderho Bridal Trilogy – Part I (Fanø, Denmark)
            Ack Värmeland, du Sköna (Värmland, Sweden)
Shostakovich String Quartet no.7 in F-sharp minor, op.108 (1960)
Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34

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Please Note:

Patrons will be seated in line with NSW Public Health Order and/or Guidelines in place at the time of the performance occurs.

NSW Health regularly updates areas where there may be concerns regarding potential case transmission of COVID-19.  Prior to attending your performance, we suggest patrons check the latest Case Alert Updates from Health NSW and follow the instructions regarding Close Contacts and requirements for self-isolation and/or COVID testing as stipulated by Health NSW and the current NSW Public Health Orders. Please note that patrons who have visited any identified alert area must NOT attend public performances or gatherings of any type. If you have any questions and would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact our Box Office staff on 02 8839 3399 or email

Riverside Theatres is registered with the NSW Government as a COVID Safe venue. Our COVID Safe plan was developed in line with federal and state government health guidelines, and following consultation with Live Performance Australia, other NSW venues, and various government bodies, on enhanced health, hygiene and safety measures. These measures include: defined audience capacity; social distancing; wearing face masks; mandatory Service NSW QR code registration check in; extra cleaning; increased sanitisation of high-touch surfaces; the provision of hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and hand washing facilities throughout the venue; traffic management plans to alleviate congestion in public spaces.

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It is also important that if you are unwell you stay at home. We have updated our ticket conditions and our Box Office team are available to talk through possible exchange and refund options. You can contact the Box Office on 02 8839 3399 or email

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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.

Simon Tedeschi has recorded numerous acclaimed albums for ABC Classics/Universal Music, including The Gershwin Collection, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, R. Strauss’ Enoch Arden, Schumann, Schubert and concerti by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Grieg. Recent engagements have included 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, and a return as soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Town Hall. 2020 also saw recitals with violinist Andrew Haveron, flutist Sally Walker, for ABC Classic, ABC Jazz, Musica Viva Australia and Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, and in The Australian’s Iso series. An ambassador for Support Act’s AusMusic T-Shirt Day 2020, Fine Music FM, and Sydney Eisteddfod, 2021 engagements include as soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (Mozart), with Orava Quartet, John Bell, and Andrew Haveron, along with a new recording with violist Roger Benedict for late 2021 release.

Simon is married to acclaimed artist and three-time Archibald Prize finalist, Loribelle Spirovski.


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). 2021 concerts include Brisbane Music Festival, Home Of The Arts (Gold Coast), Melbourne Recital Centre, UKARIA Cultural Centre (Adelaide), Musica Viva Tasmania, and touring with guitarist Karin Schaupp, and pianist Simon Tedeschi.

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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


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