2024 FESTIVAL ARTISTS
Umberto Clerici is supported by Artist Angel Mrs W. G. Keighley
After a career spanning more than 20 years as a gifted cello soloist, orchestral musician and now conductor, Umberto Clerici has gained a reputation as an artist of diverse and multifaceted talents. Umberto is now the Chief Conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Umberto began his career as a virtuoso cellist making his solo debut at the age of 17 performing Haydn’s D Major cello concerto in Japan. After years of performing on the stages of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, Umberto took up the position as Principal cello of the Teatro Regio di Torino following which he was Principal Cello of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 2014 to 2021.
In addition to his concert series’ with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, recent and future conducting highlights include returns to the podiums the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, as well as Umberto’s conducting debuts with the West Australian, Tasmanian, Adelaide and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. Umberto also recently enjoyed a hugely successful debut in opera conducting Verdi’sMacbeth with Opera Queensland.