With a career spanning more than 20 years as a gifted cello soloist, orchestral musician, and now emerging conductor, Umberto Clerici is swiftly gaining a reputation as an artist with a diverse and multifaceted career.
Umberto started studying the cello with the Suzuki method at the age of five and continued his studies with Mario Brunello, David Géringas and Julius Berger. Umberto received several international prizes most at the Janigro Competition in Zagreb, at the Rostropovich in Paris and, in 2011, at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow making him the second Italian cellist ever being honoured in the history of the prize, after Mario Brunello.
As a cello soloist, Umberto made his debut at the age of 17 performing Haydn’s D Major cello concerto in Japan, and has since appeared with an array of renowned orchestras internationally including the Vienna Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Russian State Orchestra of Moscow, "I Pomeriggi Musicali” (Milan) and Zagreb Philharmonic. In 2003 he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival and in 2012 he performed Tchaikovsky's “Rococo variations” conducted by Valery Gergiev. Umberto has performed on the stages of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Musicverein, the great Shostakovich Hall of St Petersburg and Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome.
In 2014 Umberto was appointed as the Principal Cello of the Sydney Symphony following his appointment as Principal Cellist of the Royal Opera House in Turin for four years. Umberto enjoys solo appearances with the Sydney Symphony; in 2017 with an interdisciplinary project centred on Strauss' Don Quixote and in 2018 Brahms’ Double Concerto.
After making his debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House, Umberto is swiftly becoming recognised in his capacity as a conductor. Future highlights in Australia will include returns to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony as Artist in Residence and debuts with the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. Further afield Umberto will conduct the Izmir and Istanbul State Orchestras, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Orchestra della Valle d’Aosta.
Umberto also enjoys his position as the Artistic Director of the Sydney Youth Orchestra Chamber Ensemble.
Umberto plays a 1722 Matteo Goffriller and a 1758 Carlo Antonio Testore.