About The Sydney Soloists

 Bernadette Harvey biography

Bernadette Harvey, Piano

As a young pianist, Bernadette won the ABC ‘Young Performer of the Year’ and performed in recitals and as a soloist with all the Australian Symphony Orchestras, presenting eight different piano concertos. In 2000, Bernadette was awarded a Centenary Medal by the then Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, for her contributions to Australian Music. She also received the Australian Music Centre’s award for the Promotion of Australian Music as well as the Best Performance of an Australian Composition in 2001 as part of Australian Virtuosi.

She has  toured for Musica Viva, performing solo piano works by Carl Vine and Kevin Puts. Internatonaly, she worked with such artists as Ani Kavafian, Joseph Lin, Antonio Lysy, Paul Coletti and Alan Vogel. In March, 2012 she presented the world premiere of a piano quintet by Pierre Jalbert, and performed with the Tokyo Quartet. Carl Vine’s Piano Quintet, Fantasia, was premiered in 2013 with the Shanghai Quartet in Tucson and again in Australia for the Melbourne Festival in October 2013. She and the Shanghai Quartet presented the Australian premiere of the Bright Sheng Piano Quintet, Dance Capriccio. Bernadette also performed with American clarinetist, David Schifrin at his Phoenix Chamber Music Festival in 2012. Bernadette performs regularly for Musica Viva Australia, her most recent appearances being on a national tour with Chinese cellist, Jian Wang and at the 2014 Huntington Festival.

Bernadette maintains her work as a soloist, recently performing with the Auckland Philharmonic. She has commissioned and peformed a number of new works by Australian composers, A recent solo performance drew the respnse: “Gifted with a rare physical control of the instrument and intellectual and interpretative qualities to match…dispatched with a Horowitz-like virtuosity…blisteringly virtuosic…It drew me to the edge of my seat.” (Neville Cohn, West Australian).

Bernadette is a core member of the Sydney Soloists and enjoys a busy schedule collaborating with virtuoso performers such as Diana Doherty and  Sara Macliver in  appearances at many prestigious concert venues and festivals.



Andrew Haveron biography

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Andrew Haveron, Violin

Andrew Haveron joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Co-Concertmaster in 2013, arriving in Sydney with a reputation as one of the most sought-after violinists of his generation. With his unrivalled versatility, he is highly respected as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster.

As a soloist, he has played concertos with conductors such as Colin Davis, Roger Norrington, Jiří Bělohlávek, Stanisław Skrowaczewski and John Wilson, as well as David Robertson, performing a broad range of well-known and less familiar repertoire with many of the UK's finest orchestras.

As first violinist of the internationally acclaimed Brodsky Quartet (1999-2007), his work included collaborations with artists ranging from Anne-Sofie von Otter and Alexander Baillie to iconic crossover work with Elvis Costello, Björk, Paul McCartney and Sting. He recorded more than 15 albums with the quartet, many of which won awards such as Diapason d'or and Choc du Monde de la Musique. He has also appeared with numerous other chamber groups, such as the Nash and Hebrides ensembles, the Logos Chamber Group, Kathy Selby, and the Omega Ensemble.

Andrew Haveron is in great demand as a concertmaster and director, and has worked with all the major symphony orchestras in the UK and many others around the world. In 2007 he became concertmaster of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and in 2012 he joined the Philharmonia Orchestra. He also led the World Orchestra for Peace at the request of Valery Gergiev, and he has been the leader of the John Wilson Orchestra since its inception. 

Born in London in 1975, Andrew Haveron studied at the Purcell School and the Royal College of Music and in 1996 was the highest British prize winner at the Paganini Competition for the past 50 years. In 2004 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent for his services to music.



Tobias Breider biography

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Tobias Breider, Viola 

Tobias Breider studied viola with Rainer Moog in Cologne, completing his Master’s degree, and a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship enabled him to study in New York with Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet. On returning to Germany, he completed the Soloist Program in Lübeck with Barbara Westphal. His intensive study of chamber music has also included lessons with the Alban Berg Quartet, Juilliard String Quartet, Sarah Nelsova and Miriam Fried.

Before moving to Australia to join the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2011, he held principal positions at the Rhine Opera Düsseldorf, the Konzerthaus Berlin and with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra under Simone Young. He has also appeared as guest principal with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Berlin, Vienna and Cologne radio symphony orchestras, the Qatar Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist he has performed at the Sydney Opera House, the Domain and City Recital Hall, as well as the Melbourne Recital Centre. He regularly tours Queensland giving recitals and is a member of Ensemble Q in Brisbane. He is in demand as a chamber musician, and has performed at numerous festivals in the USA, Germany, the UK and South Africa. Since his arrival in Australia he has collaborated with ensembles such as Wilma Smith & Friends, Kathryn Selby & Friends, Charmian & Friends, the Australia Octet and the OMEGA Ensemble, as well as artists such as Kathy Selby, Ian Munro, Paul Wright, Howard Penny, Brett Dean, Timo-Veikko Valve, Elizabeth Layton, Timothy Young, James Crabb and Sara Macliver.



Umberto Clerici biography

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Umberto Clerici, 'Cello

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.
In 2007 he received the Soloist Diploma at the Augsburg and Nurnberg University (Germany) with Julius Berger.

Umberto debuted at the age of 17, playing Haydn's D Major cello concerto in Japan.  From 2002 he began a fully-fledged solo career with an array of renowned orchestras including St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Philharmonia Wien, Brighton Philharmonic, Russian State Orchestra of Moscow,  "I Pomeriggi Musicali" (Milan), Zagreb Philharmonic, ORT-Orchestra della Toscana (Florence), State Orchestras of Istanbul and Ankara.  He has collaborated with conductors like Alexander Dmitriev, Aldo Ceccato, Christoph Poppen , Lu Jia, Dimitri Sitkovetzki, Barry Wordsworth, Ola Rudner and Lukas-Peter Graf.

Having already won at international competition (including the Janigro Competiton in Zagreb and the Rostropovich Competition in Paris), Umberto became only the second Italian cellist (after Mario Brunello) to have won a prize at the presitgious "Tchaikovsky Competition" in Moscow (2011).

Umberto has performed as soloist at some of the most prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall in New York, Musik Verein in Vienna, the great Shostakovich Hall of St. Petersburg and Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome. In 2003 he debuted at the Salzburg Festival and in 2012 he performed Tchaikovsky's "Rococo variations" with the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio in Turin conducted by Valery Gergiev.

He recorded concertos, solo and chamber music and, in 2017, will release 2 new solo recordings with ABC Classic.  

In 2014 Umberto was appointed as principal cello of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra after 4 years as principal cello at the Teatro Regio, Turin.


Frank Celata biography

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Francesco (Frank) Celata, Clarinet

Frank graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1987, then studied in Amsterdam with Piet Honingh (Concertgebouw Orchestra) and Siena with Giuseppe Garbarino. In 1991 he was appointed Principal Clarinet with the then Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra.

Frank joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1993 as Associate Principal Clarinet and has appeared in several solo performances including Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, Krommer’s Double Clarinet Concerto with Principal Clarinet Lawrence Dobell, and a concerto written for him by Gordon Kerry.

He has also appeared as soloist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia, and on a number of occasions between 2003 and 2009 he appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra as guest Principal Clarinet, performing on international tours and recordings.

Frank's career highlights include recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra, notably a performance of Shostakovich's 5th Symphony conducted by Mtsislav Rostropovich and a live DVD recording of Ravel’s Bolero conducted by Valery Gergiev. 

Frank has performed in several internationally recognised festivals such as Salzburg, the Yehudi Menuhin Festival, and the Olympic Cultural Festival prior to the Athens Olympic Games.

With an enthusiasm for chamber music, Frank established the Sydney Soloists and guided it to becoming  one of Sydney’s leading chamber ensembles.He is also a member of the New Sydney Wind Quintet.

Frank is also a passionate teacher at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is a Lecturer in Clarinet. He is also a member the faculty of the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music as Lecturer in Orchestral and Chamber Music.

Frank is the Artistic Director of the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI) run through the University of Tasmania. He has also given masterclasses at the Shanghai Conservatorium and Trinity College in London.

Frank performs in the Australian World Orchestra and is also a member of the Orchestra's Board of Directors. 


 Ben Jacks biography

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 Ben Jacks, Horn

After studying with Heidi Kepper at the University of Western Australia, Ben studied overseas  with Dale Clevenger and Gail Williams in Chicago, Stefan Dohr in Berlin, Erich Penzel in Cologne and Hector McDonald in Vienna.

He joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Principal Third Horn in 1998 and in 2001 was appointed Principal Horn. In Australia he has also appeared as a guest principal with the Tasmanian, Adelaide, Queensland, West Australian and Melbourne symphony orchestras and the Opera Australia Orchestra. Internationally, he has performed with the period instrument ensemble Academy of Vienna, regularly appears as guest principal with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan, and in 2017 was invited by Riccardo Muti to perform as guest principal with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as guest principal with the London Symphony Orchestra since 2014, and in 2018 joined the LSO on tour with Simon Rattle.

In 2003 he played Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings with the SSO (also performing the same work with the WASO). Since then he has appeared as a soloist with the orchestra on a number of occasions, performing Mozart horn concertos (K417 and K447), Schumann’s Konzertstück for four horns and Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No.1. He is a founding member of the Australian Brass Quintet, and maintains a busy schedule as a soloist and chamber musician. His debut recording, Rhapsodie: Fantasie: Poème, conducted by Barry Tuckwell, features previously unrecorded works for horn and orchestra by Jean-Michel Damase.