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Two great pianists on two pianos, in a performance where the jazz and the classical duck and weave in a way that feels ‘just right’. Performing together throughout Australia for over a decade to acclaim and standing ovations, Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt return in 2017 with a new program of irresistible classical and jazz works, centred around Hunt’s own Painted Piano Suite.

Kevin Hunt's doctoral studies about the Australian sound of the Stuart & Sons piano took him to far west NSW, to work with Menindee’s indigenous students who belong to the Paakantji and Ngiyampaa language groups. As the music students at Menindee Central School worked on composing the ‘Painted Piano Blues’, now a movement in this Painted Piano Suite, the art students painted panels for the Stuart piano, which will be displayed at each performance. The result is a moving work celebrating connections between indigenous youth and their country, and the joy and the gift of creating music within our communities.

Alongside music from Bach and Debussy to Ellington, Monk and Oscar Peterson, Tedeschi + Hunt also revisit Gershwin’s much-lauded masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue in a phenomenal arrangement by these two maestros of the piano.

“Simon has always loved jazz and can really ‘dive’ into that jazz feeling; and 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 part of the performance too.”

Says Tedeschi of performing with Hunt, “What excites me is this fusion of our personalities, and the unique musical recipe this creates. I hope that’s what you get from our performance – the sense that two very different individuals, united in their love of music, each bring something different, yet equally exciting, to the stage.”


Simon Tedeschi is one of Australia’s most renowned and sought-after pianists, awarded several prestigious prizes including first prize in the Keyboard division of the Royal Overseas League Competition (UK), Symphony Australia’s Young Performer of the Year Award, and the Legacy Award from the Creativity Foundation (USA). Also recipient of a Centenary of Federation Medal, Tedeschi has performed in major concert halls throughout Europe, North America and Asia, and for world leaders such as George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama.

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“They were still wanting more from pianists Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt when the performance finally ended two hours later” – Canberra Times

As soloist, Tedeschi regularly performs with orchestras around Australia and worldwide, with conductors including Richard Bonynge, Alan Gilbert, Jun Märkl and Sir William Southgate. Based in the USA for several years, and following Tedeschi’s critically acclaimed national launch tour for his new recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition - described as “pure brilliance... a powerhouse performance” (Sydney Morning Herald) - in 2017 engagements include as piano soloist with the Adelaide and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (NZ) and a new CD and national tour with Australian theatre icon, John Bell.

Tedeschi’s wide-ranging discography also includes acclaimed recordings of concerti by Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Mozart, and solo albums, Gershwin and Me and Gershwin: Take Two, and Tender Earth (ABC Classics), all making the top 5 in the ARIA and Limelight Classical Charts. He is Artistic Patron of Fine Music 102.5FM, and Ambassador for the Australian Children's Music Foundation, Blue Mountains Concert Society and the Sydney and Ryde Eisteddfods. He is also Brand Ambassador for the new Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid Piano.

Kevin Hunt is a highly acclaimed, award-winning jazz pianist who has performed regularly in the Sydney jazz scene since 1979. Over the last 18 years, he has shared the stage with international artists including: Herb Ellis, Billy Cobham, Sheila Jordon, and Larry Adler. Kevin performs as a solo pianist and with his trio, The Kevin Hunt Trio, along with many leading artists such as Don Burrows (touring together for over 14 years), James Morrison, Emma Pask, Simon Tedeschi, Tim Hopkins, Adrian Mears, Janet Seidel, Steve Hunter, David Jones, Col Loughnan, Sandie White, Trevor Griffin and Debra Decembre, to name a few.

As well as performing, Kevin teaches jazz studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is currently involved in PhD research on the jazz capabilities of the Australian made Stuart & Sons piano. This research has recently produced new music for the Stuart Piano based on ancient Aboriginal chants of the Sydney region, and will feature in an album entitled ‘Ancient & New’.

What the Australian press have said about Tedeschi + Hunt...

“Together they are dynamite... Top notch!” - Mosman Daily

“They were still wanting more from pianists Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt when the performance finally ended over two hours later. Whether [this] 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

“it was a night when two of our finest pianists from the realms of jazz and classical music had a Steinway standoff, their facial expressions mirroring their delight as they fired off each other in a clever combination of prepared arrangements and good, old fashioned jamming... [and] left us all wondering ‘who could ask for anything more?” - Manly Daily

“Australian pianists Simon Tedeschi (classical) and Kevin Hunt (jazz) complement each other’s techniques and sonorities. Tedeschi could deliver Debussy’s Prelude from Suite Bergamasque or Claire de Lune, or Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite with exacting class, and Kevin Hunt is capable of spinning the best from Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm or Dave Brubeck’s Blue Rondo a la Turk. But put them together and a new music sensation emerges. A new dynamism lights the product. It is Mother Goose like you’ve never heard it, embellished with quirky rhythms and feathery runs, but suave and evocative just the same....Debussy’s ‘Footprints in the snow’ is pensive and sparse, more jazz reflection than impressionist sonority...just listen to what soft jazz shading can do to vintage romantic. Ellington’s C Jam Blues is a classical jazz finale.” - Courier Mail 

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