The Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra opens its 2018 four-concert series with Awakening, a concert series comprising two performances marking the conducting debut of Principal Sydney Symphony Orchestra cellist, Umberto Clerici.
Clerici directs the orchestra in the Australian premiere of John Rutter’s sumptuous Five Meditations for Orchestra and Beethoven’s Symphony Number 1. Also featured is soloist Daniel Pini in Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor.
Born and educated in Turin, Clerici is a prize-winning cellist, who has played in some of the world’s great orchestras under many legendary conductors, performed and recorded as soloist. In 2014 he accepted the position of Principal Cellist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. A PAddington local, he lectures in cello at Sydney University where he now also studies conducting.
Daniel Pini is Umberto’s student and could well be described as having been born into Australian musical royalty! He is the son of Jane Hazelwood and Carl Pini (each high-profile SSO musicians and renowned soloists themselves) both of whom have also previously performed with the WPO as soloists. Daniel is also the grandson of former SSO concertmaster Donald Hazelwood. A graduate and scholarship winner of the Sydney Conservatorium of music, he has performed as rank and file member and soloist with numerous orchestras in Australia and Europe and is a 2018 SSO Fellow.
Featuring Daniel Pini, Cello and Umberto Clerici, Conductor, Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra
The programme: John Rutter – Five Meditations for Orchestra/ Schumann – Cello Concerto / Beethoven – Symphony Number 1
Tickets at door $30/$25/$20 | Children under 12 free