Despite only taking up the baton a few years ago, after a long and distinguished career as a cellist including seven years as Principal Cellist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Umberto Clerici has made an outstanding impression on audiences and his orchestral colleagues.  


Now he has been appointed Chief Conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, with a three-year contract commencing in 2023.

Clerici will take over from Johannes Fritzsch, who will continue as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor until the end of the 2022 season, then assume Principal Guest Conductor responsibilities in 2023, before resuming the position of Conductor Laureate in 2024.

Clerici told Limelight he sees QSO as an organisation that is hungry to improve and grow; something he is excited to drive. “The QSO is extremely open, and I think it is the right moment to push for a different artistic level,” he said.

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