Daniel Röhn and Simon Tedeschi
About The Event
IN AN EVENING SPARKLING WITH ANECDOTES AND STEEPED IN HISTORY, STAR COMBINATION DANIEL RÖHN & SIMON TEDESCHI MASTERFULLY SUM UP THE “GOLDEN AGE“.
Suffused with storytelling, fantasy and unbridled virtuosity, we are taken on a journey through the golden era of the 20’s and 30’s. Scintillating showpieces, gentle-hearted miniatures, Gershwin hits and Debussy’s last work and masterstroke, his violin sonata for violin and piano, make for a virtuosic and compelling evening of evocative works from one of the most exciting periods in artistic and musical history.
The era known as “The Roaring Twenties” was a world in which the arts were constantly on the move – a bubbling melting pot of creativity and ever-new ideas. Jazz music was emerging on the scene. Silent films were being replaced by “talkies”. And while Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse was taking his first steps on the screen in 1928 the film studios in Berlin and Hollywood were doing a roaring trade with films by Fritz Lang and Charlie Chaplin. This concert presents music to accompany this vibrant time with works by Kreisler, Korngold, Debussy, Gershwin and more.
“While the Roaring 20’s were a phenomenal bubble of creative explosion in the history of mankind, it is important to remember that this period of magical inventiveness sits between the two darkest and most destructive in modern history. From this we can remind ourselves that the most colourful and beautiful flowers spring out of a landscape burnt to a char, and … that it is through art that man remembers his better self.” DANIEL RÖHN
With Röhn and Tedeschi as our guide, we are ushered into the salons of bygone times, introduced to colourful and adventurous characters and stories, and led on an atmospheric musical journey through old Vienna, vibrant New York and Berlin of the roaring twenties.
“A sensational player.” The Strad, London
Widely acclaimed as one of the leading violinists today, Daniel Röhn comes from a remarkable lineage of violinists: both his grandfather Erich Röhn and his father Andreas Röhn played an active part in shaping the unique German orchestral landscape as renowned concertmasters of the Berlin Philharmonic’s Furtwängler era, and the postwar Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Röhn’s own playing is rooted in these stylistic traditions and he has earned praise from critics and audiences for his evocation of the violin’s ‘golden age’ of by-gone times.
Röhn’s recent debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Simone Young for the 2021 season-opening performances of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto was met with shining reviews in the Sydney Morning Herald (“Polish and poise”), The Australian (“Focused clarity”), and Limelight (“Depth of feeling and gracious charm”).
Röhn has appeared as soloist at Carnegie Hall New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vienna Konzerthaus, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konserthuset Stockholm, Bozart Brussels, and at all major venues in his native Germany, with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Gustavo Dudamel, and Lorin Maazel. Orchestras include the London Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Sinfonia Rotterdam, and Cape Town Philharmonic.
His award-winning discography includes “The Kreisler Story”, a masterful celebration of legendary violinist Fritz Kreisler, and “The Golden Violin – Music of the 20’s,” Röhn’s homage to the culturally unparalleled period between the two world wars. He just finished recording his new album “Daniel Röhn Alone” for solo violin.
After early musical training with his father, Röhn studied under Ana Chumachenco at the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts
“pure brilliance… masterful… This was a powerhouse performance with an intense corporeality… insightful and exhilarating” – Sydney Morning Herald
Simon Tedeschi is one of Australia’s most renowned classical pianists. Recipient of the Young Performer of the Year Award, the Creativity Foundation’s Legacy Award (USA), the New York Young Jewish Pianist Award and a Centenary of Federation Medal, he has performed for audiences, royalty and world leaders worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. Acclaimed by respected critics and peers as “true greatness” (SMH), Simon performed his first Mozart piano concerto in the Sydney Opera House aged nine, later studying and performing in the USA. Since returning in 2009, he regularly performs as soloist with all the major Australian symphony orchestras, and tours nationally for festivals, venues and presenters including Musica Viva Australia. Uncommonly for a classical pianist, Tedeschi also dabbles in jazz, and has co-written and toured internationally the Sydney Opera House’ Meeting Mozart children’s show (produced by CDP), and a number of shows combining words and music, for Monkey Baa Theatre, and with Australian theatre icon, John Bell AO OBE.
2023 engagements include as piano soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; festival appearances with John Bell, and jazz vocalist/violinist George Washingmachine at Blackheath Chamber Music Festival and Woodend Winter Arts Festival; a fundraising performance for Médecins Sans Frontières and concerts at Sydney Town Hall, the Concourse with Sonus Quartet, and Canberra’s Snow Concert Hall. With numerous recordings for ABC Classics/Universal Music, including The Gershwin Collection, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, R. Strauss’ Enoch Arden, and concerti by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Grieg, Simon’s latest album for ABC Classic is ‘Debussy – Ravel’ with violist and conductor Roger Benedict, with whom he is also creating a new orchestral show for 2024 premiere.
Alongside his performing career, Tedeschi is fast gaining renown as a writer of note, winning the prestigious Calibre Essay Prize for 2022 and Tedeschi’s critically acclaimed literary debut, Fugitive (for Upswell Publishing) shortlisted in the 2023 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.
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