Streeton Trio Performer Biographies

ben kopp           

 

 Benjamin Kopp has performed as soloist with the Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Western Australian Symphony Orchestras, and Orchestra Victoria, and has collaborated with conductors Vladimir Verbitsky, Brett Kelly, Marco Zuccarini, John Harding Nicholas Braithwaite and James Judd. Benjamin is now a member of the Streeton Trio, an Australian piano trio. Benjamin completed his postgraduate studies with Pascal Devoyon at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve. During his time in Switzerland, Benjamin performed as soloist with several orchestras, including Ensemble Contrechamps, l'Orchestre du HEM Geneve and Ensemble Namascae.

In 2007, Benjamin was the winner of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year in the keyboard category. From 2004-2006 Benjamin was a full-scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy of Music, with teacher Rita Reichmann. Benjamin completed his Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium, with teacher Daniel Herscovitch, and previously studied with Jennifer Hammond. Benjamin’s solo and chamber music performances are regularly broadcast on Radio Suisse Romande, ABC Classic FM, Fine Music Sydney and 3MBS FM.

 

 emma jardine

 

Emma Jardine has performed as recitalist and chamber musician across Europe, UK, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia. Born in Australia, Emma played for several years with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and also as soloist with the Camerata Menuhin (Switzerland). She has been engaged as Guest Principal and Guest Associate Principal Second Violin of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and also performed with the Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. Her solo performances have been broadcast on ABC FM, 3MBS FM and Fine Music Sydney radio stations, as well as on Australian television. From 2004-2005, Emma was an Academy Musician at the Australian National Academy of Music and was selected as one of the “Best Concertos of 2004”.

Emma also holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts. She completed her Masters degree in 2011 at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève, Switzerland, in the class of Mihaela Martin. Previous teachers include Pierre Amoyal, Gyulla Stuller, Nelli Scholnikova, Igor Osim, Miwako Abe and Alice Waten. Emma has been winner of numerous competitions and scholarships, including awards from the Australia Council, Ian Potter Foundation, Victorian College of the Arts, IMS Prussia Cove, Siena Accademia Musicale Chigiana and Salzburg Mozarteum.

 

umberto clerici biography

 

 

Umberto Clerici is Principal Cello with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and a sought after performer with some of Australia's leading chamber ensembles.

Developing a career which spans more than 20 years as a gifted cello soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, Umberto is consolidating his multi-faceted, diverse skills as an emerging conductor.  He made his conducting debut in 2018 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2018 at the Sydney Opera House. He has conducted the Izmir and Istanbul State Orchestras, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Orchestra d’Aosta.  In 2021 Umberto's conducting fixtures include the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. 

Umberto also enjoys his position as the Artistic Director of the Sydney Youth Orchestra Chamber Ensemble.

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 Julius Berger. He first appeared as soloist at the age of 17 performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D in Japan and has since appeared with an array of renowned orchestras including the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Philharmonia Wien, Brighton Philharmonic, Russian State Orchestra of Moscow, I Pomeriggi Musicali (Milan) and Zagreb Philharmonic.  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.

Among international competition successes, including the Janigro Competition in Zagreb and the Rostropovich in Paris, in 2011 Umberto became the second Italian cellist (after Mario Brunello) to win a prize at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He has performed as soloist at Carnegie Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Shostakovich Hall in St Petersburg and Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome.

In 2014 Umberto was appointed Principal Cello with the Sydney Symphony after four years as Principal Cello with the Teatro Regio, Turin. He has continued his solo appearances with Australian orchestras including the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Youth Orchestra. He has recorded concertos, solo and chamber music, and has two solo recordings on ABC Classics.

He plays a 1722 Matteo Goffriller from Venice and a 1758 Carlo Antonio Testore from Milan.