Pianist Tedeschi to play hands on role this Australia Day
MASTER concert pianist Simon Tedeschi is Bellingen Shire's Australia Day Ambassador for 2015.
Often described by respected critics and musical peers as one of the finest artists in the world, Simon first performed a Mozart Piano Concerto at the age of nine at Sydney Opera House.
At age 13, gave a private recital to the iconic Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
Regularly invited to perform for foreign dignitaries, Simon has entertained the likes of Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark, Vladimir Putin, George W Bush and Nelson Mandela.
He was subject of a striking Cherry Hood portrait that won the 2002 Archibald Prize, was a regular on ABC TV's Spicks And Specks and was attached to the Oscar-winning movie Shine, playing the hands of acclaimed pianist David Helfgott.
Mayor Mark Troy said it will be a real honour to host such a talented and inspirational guest.
"Simon will be warmly welcomed by the music-loving community of our Shire," he said.
"He will attend the Australia Day community celebration at Mylestom and has been invited to present the community awards."
Australia Day celebrations will commence with a family beach fun run and community breakfast.
The awards and citizenship ceremonies will commence at 9.30am in the Mylestom Hall grounds with entertainment to follow into the afternoon on the banks of the Bellinger River.