Queensland Symphony Orchestra Names New Chief Conductor

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Having beforehand served as principal cellist of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Clerici transitioned to conducting in 2021. He’ll succeed Johannes Fritzsch on the  Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO).

Clerici had already led the QSO in 4 main concert events in 2021, together with the Season Closing Gala. His inaugural performances as Chief Conductor Designate shall be QSO’s Maestro Sequence in June 2022 that includes Mahler’s 1st Symphony and soloist Daniel Müller-Schott performing Elgar’s cello concerto, earlier than returning in July for the Fantasy and Folklore program.

“Maestro Umberto Clerici will change into Chief Conductor in 2023, bringing a deep and wealthy understanding of music as each a musician and a conductor to the QSO podium,” mentioned QSO Appearing Chair Rod Pilbeam.“As one among Queensland’s largest performing arts organisations, QSO calls for an inclusive and visionary musical chief. We couldn’t be extra thrilled with this appointment, particularly given Maestro Clerici has already led the Orchestra to standing ovations within the Live performance Corridor and has an intimate understanding of our dedication to share the facility of music throughout all corners of the state.”

“I’m not simply honoured to share the QSO Chief Conductor’s title with nice musicians however I’m additionally grateful to them for serving to create, up to now 75 years, the QSO of at the moment,” commented Clerici. “My path to the rostrum got here after 20 years as a cellist, each as soloist and orchestral, which implies that I’ve shared the stage with all kinds of conductors for a few years, and in lots of elements of the world. This creates not solely a unique perspective on what the position of the conductor is for the musicians, however have additionally given me the chance to discover repertoire from contained in the orchestra.

Along with his newfound position, Clerici will now be a part of the ranks of previous conductors of the QSO during the last three-quarters of a century together with John Farnsworth Corridor, Rudolf Pekarek, Stanford Robinson, Ezra Rachlin, Patrick Thomas, Vanco Cavdarski, Werner Andreas Albert, Muhai Tang, Michael Christie, and Alondra de la Parra.

From now until the top of the 2022 season, Fritzsch will nonetheless proceed as Principal Conductor and Creative Advisor of the QSO, and can tackle Principal Visitor Conductor obligations in 2023, and resume the place of Conductor Laureate in 2024.