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Simon Tedeschi unplugged, 2002

Cherry Hood

watercolour on canvas (support: 300 cm x 189 cm)

Simon Tedeschi (b. 1981), classical pianist, grew up in Sydney, and essentially abandoned his school lessons as an adolescent to concentrate on his piano studies with Neta Maughan. He first performed a Mozart piano concerto in the Sydney Opera House when he was nine, and has barely stopped since, performing with leading orchestras around the world. In 1994 he scooped the pool of awards at the Italian International Piano Competition; as a result, he toured the USA in 1995. In 1996 he was chosen as one of only twenty pianists worldwide to attend the Van Cliburn Institute in Texas; he was one of only three chosen to perform at the end of the residency. In 1998 he was named the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year and received a Queen's Trust Overseas Study Award; in 2002, having moved to London to study under Noretta Conci, he won the keyboard section of the Royal Overseas League Music Competition. Playing a strong part in introducing a new generation of Australians to classical music, Tedeschi has appeared on the ABC television popular music program Spicks and Specks and has spoken candidly of his upbringing on the biography program Australian Story. He is currently based in Boston.

This is one of only four portraits in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery to have won the Archibald Prize.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Tim Olsen 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2010.129

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Cherry Hood (age 52 in 2002)

Simon Tedeschi (age 21 in 2002)

Subject professions

Performing arts

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1. Margaret Seares, 2018. All Cherry Hood.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.