Umberto Clerici began studying cello at the age of five with Antonio Mosca in Turin, later attending the classes of Mario Brunello, David Geringas and Steven Isserlis. He first appeared as soloist at the age of 17 performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D in Japan. His fully-fledged solo career followed, appearing with orchestras such as the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Philharmonia Wien, Brighton Philharmonic, Russian State Orchestra of Moscow, I Pomeriggi Musicali (Milan), Zagreb Philharmonic and ORT-Orchestra della Toscana (Florence). Among international competition successes, he became the second Italian cellist (after Mario Brunello) to win a prize at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2011). He has performed as soloist at Carnegie Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Shostakovich Hall in St Petersburg and Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome. In 2003 he debuted at the Salzburg Festival and in 2012 performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio in Turin, conducted by Valery Gergiev. In 2014 he was appointed Principal Cello with the Sydney Symphony after four years as Principal Cello with the Teatro Regio, Turin. He will perform Strauss’s Don Quixote with the Sydney Symphony later this month. He has recorded concertos, solo and chamber music, and has two new solo recordings on ABC Classics. He plays a 1722 Matteo Goffriller from Venice and a 1758 Carlo Antonio Testore from Milan.