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Genre: Classical

Umberto Clerici

Soloist, chamber musician, principal cellist, educator and innovator: Umberto Clerici's multifaceted artistic and creative activity can be distilled in these five cultural paradigms.

Born in Turin, Italy, Umberto Clerici started studying the cello with the Suzuki method at the age of five and he continued at the Conservatoire of Music in Turin. Later mastering his art with Mario Brunello and David Geringas, both of whom opened new musical dimensions for him.

At the age of 19 he won the ICO (Istituzioni Concertistico Orchestrali) competition, which gave him the opportunity to take up a career as a soloist. He went on to win prizes at the Janigro Competition in Zagreb and, in 2011, at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow – only the second Italian cellist to have done so, after Mario Brunello.

Umberto Clerici has played as a soloist worldwide with orchestras including the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Russian State Orchestra of Moscow, Philharmonia Wien, the Zagreb Philharmonic and the orchestras of Rome, Milan and Florence. He has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Great Shostakovich Hall in Saint Petersburg and the Parco della Musica Auditorium in Rome. In 2012 he played Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme with the Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

He joined the Turin Trio in 2001, performing with them for almost 15 years, as well as collaborating with Louis Lortie, Jeffrey Swann, Itamar Golan, Sergei Krylov, Claudio Martínez Mehner, Andrea Rebaudengo and Mario Brunello. At the age of 23 he began teaching at the Salzburg Mozarteum.

Umberto Clerici also decided to make a foray into the orchestra environment, to explore the orchestral repertoire and experience the interactions that take place in the wider music ensemble: he therefore started playing in the orchestra, as Principal Cellist with Lorin Maazel's Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra and, for a number of productions, with the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009 he was appointed Principal Cello at the Teatro Regio in Turin, a role he held until leaving Europe for Australia in 2014, to take up the positions of Principal Cellist of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Lecturer in Cello at the University of Sydney. Since joining the Sydney Symphony, Umberto Clerici has dedicated time to an interdisciplinary project centred on Strauss' Don Quixote, which debuts in 2017.

Umberto Clerici has the privilege of playing a 1722 Matteo Goffriller cello from Venice (as heard on this recording), and also a 1758 Carlo Antonio Testore from Milan.

Release
The Huntington Estate Music Festival is one of the brightest stars in Australia’s musical firmament. For three decades, it has been bringing together top-flight musicians from around the country and around the world to present a breathtaking array of chamber music masterpieces, both iconic favourites and delicious new discoveries. Presented by the Huntington Estate Winery in association with Musica Viva Australia, and held in the winery’s Barrel Room, one of the most remarkable and surprising music venues in the world, the Festival is a delight to audiences and musicians alike.After 30 stellar years of exceptional music-making, however, the 2019 Festival will be the last, with Huntington Estate owners Tim and Nicky Stevens reluctantly deciding that their grapes – and their young family – must come first. To mark this significant occasion, ABC Classic is proud to delve into its broadcast archives to present this selection of some of the Festival’s most memorable performances across a typically diverse and intriguing range of repertoire: from Schubert and Dvořák to Bach’s astonishing eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann and Australian composers Ross Edwards and Ian Munro.It was Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra who began the Festival and established it as a serious contender on the world stage – and the hottest concert tickets in the country! This album includes superb three recordings from those early years: music of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Percy Grainger.In 2006, the ACO passed the baton to Musica Viva and Artistic Director Carl Vine, opening up the Festival’s artist roster to an extraordinary range of musicians, both local and international. From among the literally hundreds of thrilling performances, this album features New York-based Australian pianist Andrea Lam, Russian-Armenian clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, the rich bass-baritone of Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Vienna’s acclaimed Eggner Trio, along with regular Festival guests the Goldner String Quartet and the rising stars of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Chamber Orchestra.…/2The CD of this compilation is available exclusively at the Festival itself, but for all those who can’t make the trip to Mudgee, ABC Classic is releasing the full album as a digital album, for download and streaming, so that audiences all around the world can share in the celebration. TRACKLISTING  1     MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo2     BRAHMS arr. ANGERER Chorale Prelude ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’3     GRAINGER Blithe Bells       Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti director (2002 / 2004)        SCHUBERT4     An die Musik (To Music)5     Erlkönig (The Erl-King)6     Die Forelle (The Trout)7     Die Taubenpost (Pigeon Post) from Schwanengesang       Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone, Kristian Chong piano (2007)        WF BACH Sinfonia in F major ‘Dissonant’8     I. Vivace9     II. Andante10   III. Vivace11   IV. Menuetto I & II       ANAM Chamber Orchestra, Paul Wright violin / conductor (2010)      12   ROSS EDWARDS String Quartet No. 2 ‘Shekina Fantasy’:       I. Allegro moderato       Goldner String Quartet (2010)        MENDELSSOHN13   Song without Words Op. 67 No. 2 – Allegro leggiero14   Song without Words Op. 85 No. 4 – Andante sostenuto       Andrea Lam piano (2012) 15   WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major: II. Fantasia       Narek Arutyunian clarinet, Australian String Quartet (2012)        MUNRO Piano Trio No. 2 ‘Book of Lullabies’ – Excerpts16   II. Lullaby in Edo17   III. Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi18   IV. Skye Boat Song       Dimity Hall violin, Julian Smiles cello, Ian Munro piano (2013) 19   DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No. 1: II. Adagio molto e mesto       Eggner Trio (2015)