Fabio Tedde is one of London’s best buskers. The Italian born pianist was inspired at an early age, learning from his father Mario, a renowned pianist, in the beautiful Sardinia. He moved to London in May 2001 and he plays beautiful music everyday on the capital’s streets that he has composed. Fabio was involved with the Transport for London Music Network which gives buskers a platform to play to commuters on the underground. He also plays at events and hotels, including the popular Wardorf Hilton Hotel.
When did you start playing?
I started playing the piano at the age of 5 years old and I was influenced by my father, then I start to compose at the age of 12.
How would you describe your music?
In three words, Beautiful, Original, Unique.
How much money do you make busking?
This is relative. There is no maximun or minimum – it all depends on many factors, weather conditions, location etc. Sometimes busking on Monday may be better than a Saturday, and vice versa. You will never understand how it works!
Have you ever had any problems busking?
Sometimes I have been robbed of a few pounds, or I have to go away because of drunk people and so on.
Do you prefer playing music on the street?
Of course, I love it, I always say, there’s no better stage of the street, is real, there is no wall between the artist and the public, is amazing and each moment is unforgettable.
Do you have any tips for buskers?
Yes -keep smiling! Share your feelings, your soul and your music. Always believe in yourself and follow your dreams.
What are your favourite places in London to busk?
I enjoy every location, some are better than others but it is always fun playing in each place. The first place I busked in London was Leicester Square. I like playing everywhere: bridges, streets, squares, new locations and parks. I move to new places all the time and everywhere I go is always an adventure. I also play in many different hotels, like Hiltons, The Landmark, Private Clubs, Venues, Weddings etc.
Do you have any favourite memories of busking?
I have too many brilliant memories. Once a lady stopped her taxi because she heard my music, as she knew it was me from the sound, then she followed the sound till she finaly saw me playing. Then she said to me: “are you Fabio?” She then told me I had played at her wedding the year before and immediately called her husband to explain this beautiful moment.
Any final points?
Well, my inspirations are due to all these beautiful moments in life and I would like to say thank you to all the beautiful and positive people that I meet every day, thank you to my family and friends for their support. My message is so simple just like my music – ONE LOVE.
- Emma Spedding