Our Patrons

Simon Tedeschi

Simon Tedeschi is quite often described by respected critics and musical peers as one of the finest artists in the world making the young pianist’s mark on music both undeniable and admirable. Renowned especially for championing non-standard repertoire, Tedeschi enjoys a full international performing career.

Tedeschi first performed a Mozart Piano Concerto at age 9 in the Sydney Opera House. He has studied piano in Australia with Neta Maughan for 10 years (between 1990 and 2000) as well as in London with Noretta Conci and Boston with Peter Serkin.

Tedeschi has a string of international prizes and scholarships under his belt. This includes taking out the top prize in the keyboard section of the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London (2002). While working with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Tedeschi went on to be named the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year and was a recipient of a $10,000 Queen’s Trust Overseas Study Award.

More recently, Tedeschi was awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal by the Prime Minister of Australia and was the recipient of an award from the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia and the Australian Opera Auditions Committee.

When first introduced to MLF Simon said,

“I was thrilled and fascinated to learn about the work MLF is doing. My hope is that it will make a true, lasting and pivotal change to those who need it most, using a clear business model. As an artist, I am so excited to be part of this initiative and urge the support of the wider community to get behind it.”

Simon has been a wonderful supporter of MicorLoan Foundation Australia and, with Sydney based jazz pianist Kevin Hunt and the Ukranian violinist, Mariia Gorkun, put on very successful benefit concerts on our behalf in 2011 and 2012.

Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons, the well known Australian author, sports journalist and broadcaster has become a MicroLoan Foundation Ambassador. On joining he said,

“I encourage you to support MLF. By providing some of Africa’s poorest women access to capital you are empowering them to lift themselves from poverty, building a business model that is self-sustaining and reduces the need for future aid.”

Bob Geldof KBE

Bob Geldof KBE is the Patron of MicroLoan Foundation internationally, and has been a very vocal, long-time supporter of improving conditions in Africa. He was the man behind “Live Aid” in 1985 and “Live 8” in 2006. He is a great supporter of micro finance as one of the best ways to provide meaningful outcomes for the

“MicroLoan Foundation is helping thousands of people escape poverty right now; I am putting all my support behind MicroLoan Foundation and urge you to do the same”.