HE has performed for the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, the Dalai Lama, George W Bush, Vladimir Putin and Hu Jin Tao - now Cooma locals have the chance to catch concert pianist Simon Tedeschi in a special concert on Friday July 25 presented by Snowy Monaro Arts Council in association with Musica Viva Australia.
Renowned for his perfect combination of technical brilliance and dazzling showmanship, Simon Tedeschi spends most of his year touring both across Australia and internationally.
For Musica Viva in 2014, Tedeschi will tour as part of the CountryWide touring program, performing Gershwin-inspired concerts in the beautiful towns of Dubbo, Mudgee, Cooma, Young and Coffs Harbour.
In Australia, Simon Tedeschi's name is synonymous with the music of George Gershwin. Described by harmonica legend Larry Adler as "the greatest Gershwin exponent I have ever seen", Tedeschi performed Rhapsody in Blue with Adler on his last-ever tour in Australia - and it was Adler who performed it with Gershwin himself.
"Gershwin has in many ways been the musical accompaniment to my life," says Mr Tedeschi. "Like any composer, however, George Gershwin was more than an island - he was a repository of cultural influences and experiences that informed his compositional style. From 19th century Russia to Tin Pan Alley, Stride piano to Cuba, Gershwin took everything in but invested them all with his unique sound.
"I look forward to the audience in Cooma joining me on a personal journey through some of Gershwin's works and classical composers in his world."
The program will include Gershwin favourites I Got Rhythm, Summertime, The Man I Love and Rhapsody in Blue, and more from composers from Gershwin's world, including Rachmaninov, Debussy, Grainger and Fats Waller.