WPO GUEST CONDUCTORS - 2018
Brad Lucas is an emerging young conductor in Sydney that has been mentored and tutored by Steven Williams, Dr John Lynch, Max McBride, and WPO's former chief conductor Dr Anthony Clarke.
After growing up in Port Macquarie, Brad moved to Sydney to study Euphonium at the Sydney Conservatorium of music under the tutelage of Scott Kinmont.
As a performer, Brad has played casually with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of the Sydney Ophicleide Quartet (SOQ).
A passionate educator, Brad currently directs bands at multiple schools around Sydney, and regional ensembles run by the Department of Education's 'The Arts Unit'. He is also a casual lecturer of Euphonium at the Sydney Conservatorium.
Born in Turin, Italy, Umberto Clerici started studying the cello with the Suzuki method at the age of five. He continued his studies at the Conservatorium of Music in Turin under Antonio Mosca and mastered his art with Mario Brunello, David Géringas and Julius Berger. At the age of 19, Clerici won the Istituzioni Concertistico Orchestrali contest which launched his career as a soloist, debuting with 13 orchestras in the next 3 years. Umberto went on to receive several other prizes including the Janigro Competition in Zagreb, the Rostropovich in Paris and, in 2011, at the Čajkovskij in Moscow making him the second Italian cellist in the history of the Čajkovskij Prize to receive this award, after his former teacher, Mario Brunello.
As a concerto soloist, Clerici performed internationally with innumerable orchestras including the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Moscow Russian State Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Wien, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Orchestra of Florence and the Istanbul Symphonic Orchestra, performing in some of the most prestigious concert venues including Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein, the Great Shostakovich Hall in Saint Petersburg, the Parco della Musica Auditorium in Rome and the Sydney Opera House. In 2012 he played Čajkovskij's Variations on a Rococo theme with the Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev.With an extensive list of highly acclaimed solo recordings to his name, Clerici’s next step was to explore orchestral repertoire and to experience the interactions that take place in this genre. Clerici started sectional playing and took on appointments as principal cellist with Lorin Maazel's Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra and the Scala Philharmonic Orchestra. Clerici was appointed as principal cello the Teatro Regio in Turin for 4 years under Gianandrea Noseda and in 2014, accepted the Principal Cellist position with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Umberto is also engaged as Lecturer in Cello at Sydney University.
In 2017 Clerici began studying conducting with Eduardo Diazmunoz, Conducting Professor at Sydney University and sees conducting as a natural evolution of his multifaceted career and as result of his collaborations with orchestras as principal cellist and soloist. This performance with the WPO marks Umberto’s first conducting collaboration and we are thrilled to welcome him to the WPO family.