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Umberto Clerici, Cello

Umberto Clerici started studying the cello with the Suzuki method at the age of five and he
continued his studies with Mario Brunello, David Géringas and Julius Berger.
Umberto received several international prizes: at the Janigro Competition in Zagreb, at the
Rostropovich in Paris and, in 2011, at the Čajkovskij in Moscow (this making him the second
Italian cellist ever being honoured in the history of the Čajkovskij Prize, after Mario Brunello).
 
As soloist he debuted at the age of 17, playing Haydn’s D Major cello concerto in Japan, and
has since played with an array of renowned orchestras internationally including St. Petersburg
Philharmonic, Philharmonia Wien, Russian State Orchestra of Moscow, "I Pomeriggi
Musicali” (Milan) and Zagreb Philharmonic.
Umberto has performed as soloist at the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musik Verein in
Vienna, the great Shostakovich Hall of St Petersburg and Auditorium Parco della Musica in
Rome. In 2003 he debuted at the Salzburg Festival and in 2012 he performed Tchaikovsky's
“Rococo variations” conducted by Valery Gergiev.
 
In 2014 he was appointed as Principal Cello of the Sydney Symphony after he had been
principal cello at the Royal Opera House in Turin for four years. He made his debut as a soloist
with SSO in 2017 with his interdisciplinary project centred on Strauss' Don Quixote and in 2018
he played the Brahms double concerto.
He recorded several cds with concertos, solo and chamber music and, in 2017, he realized 2
new solo recordings for ABC Classic.
Since 2017 he is exploring conducting as a natural evolution of his multifaceted career.
In 2018 Umberto made his conducting debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the
Sydney Opera House and for the season 2019/2020 his main conducting appearances will
include: a series of concerts with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony as artist in
Residence, State orchestras of Izmir and Istanbul in Turkey, the Turin Philarmonic and
Orchestra della Valle d’Aosta.
He is currently the artistic director of the Sydney Youth Orchestra Chamber Ensemble.
Umberto plays a 1722 Matteo Goffriller from Venice and a 1758 Carlo Antonio Testore from
Milan.

Umberto Clerici started studying the cello with the Suzuki method at the age of five and he continued his studies with Mario Brunello, David Géringas and Julius Berger. Umberto received several international prizes: at the Janigro Competition in Zagreb, at the Rostropovich in Paris and, in 2011, at the Čajkovskij in Moscow (this making him the second Italian cellist ever being honoured in the history of the Čajkovskij Prize, after Mario Brunello).

As soloist he debuted at the age of 17, playing Haydn’s D Major cello concerto in Japan, and has since played with an array of renowned orchestras internationally including St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Philharmonia Wien, Russian State Orchestra of Moscow, "I Pomeriggi Musicali” (Milan) and Zagreb Philharmonic. Umberto has performed as soloist at the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musik Verein in Vienna, the great Shostakovich Hall of St Petersburg and Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome. In 2003 he debuted at the Salzburg Festival and in 2012 he performed Tchaikovsky's “Rococo variations” conducted by Valery Gergiev.

In 2014 he was appointed as Principal Cello of the Sydney Symphony after he had been principal cello at the Royal Opera House in Turin for four years. He made his debut as a soloist with SSO in 2017 with his interdisciplinary project centred on Strauss' Don Quixote and in 2018 he played the Brahms double concerto. He recorded several cds with concertos, solo and chamber music and, in 2017, he realized 2 new solo recordings for ABC Classic.

Since 2017 he is exploring conducting as a natural evolution of his multifaceted career. In 2018 Umberto made his conducting debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House and for the season 2019/2020 his main conducting appearances will include a series of concerts with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony as artist in Residence, State orchestras of Izmir and Istanbul in Turkey, the Turin Philarmonic and Orchestra della Valle d’Aosta. He is currently the artistic director of the Sydney Youth Orchestra Chamber Ensemble.

Umberto plays a 1722 Matteo Goffriller from Venice and a 1758 Carlo Antonio Testore from Milan.

 

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