At 7pm on Thursday 11th August 2011 at the beautiful Francis Greenway designed St James Church in the Sydney CBD, world renowned classical pianist Simon Tedeschi will be joined on stage by his close friend and accomplished jazz pianist Kevin Hunt to perform a concert in aid of MicroLoan Foundation Australia (MLFA).
Simon is one of Australia’s most gifted pianists and has recently returned after spending five years based in the US. Simon has worked all over the world with many great orchestras and his successful career started young having first performed a Mozart Piano Concerto at age 9 in the Sydney Opera House (his hands were also the ones actually filmed playing as the young David Helfgott in the 1996 film ‘Shine’).
He will be joined on stage by long time friend Kevin Hunt, the well-known Sydney jazz and classical pianist. Simon and Kevin have performed together many times before and for the first time they have released an ABC Jazz album called “Woodlands” – an enticing mix of classical, jazz and improvisations of original compositions and well loved audience favourites.
The concert will help raise funds (tickets are just $35 each), as well as awareness of the work, that MLFA does in Malawi to help some of the world’s poorest women start and run small businesses and support themselves.
MLFA CEO, Clive Hughes thanked Simon and Kevin for their generous gift of their time, as well as Simon’s ongoing involvement with the organisation.
“We are absolutely delighted, that Simon and Kevin have made time in their busy schedules to put this concert on for us. Simon has been enthusiastic supporter of MicroLoan ever since he agreed to become our Patron several years ago. I think a lot of people have become very cynical about the ‘aid’ that the West gives to many countries in need. Many feel that much of the money is either wasted of subject to corruption. Simon and I both recognize the great thing about MicroLoan is that every dollar raised in Australia ends up being lent directly to poor women in Malawi so they can set up their own little businesses, to generate extra income to help lift themselves out of poverty. The model we use must be working, as more than 99% of all the money we lend is paid back and re-lent to other self motivated women.”
The event would not have been possible without the help of Simon and Kevin plus the support of St James Church and Hutchings Pianos.