Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) has announced its new Chief Conductor: Umberto Clerici. He will take the position on 1 January 2023 for a three year term.

After a career spanning more than 20 years as a cello soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, Clerici moved on from his role of Principal Cello of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2021 to focus on his rapidly acclaimed conducting career. He will take over the baton from Johannes Fritzsch who will continue as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor until the end of the 2022 season, assume Principal Guest Conductor responsibilities in 2023, and resume the position of Conductor Laureate in 2024.

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