* Frank Celeta

Clarinet

* Frank Celeta was a former clarinettist and founding member of NSWQ.

Frank Celata graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1987. Following studies in Amsterdam with Piet Honingh of the Concertgebouw Orchestra and in Siena with Giuseppe Garbarino, he returned to Australia in 1991 where he was appointed Principal Clarinet with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1993 he was appointed Associate Principal Clarinet with the Sydney Symphony and has performed as soloist on a number of occasions including performances of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, Krommar’s Double Clarinet Concerto and a concerto especially written for Frank by prominent Australian composer, Gordon Kerry. He has also appeared as soloist with the Tasmanian Symphony and Auckland Philharmonia. He has also regularly performed as guest Principal with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and The Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2003, Frank has performed on a number of occasions as guest Principal Clarinet with the London Symphony Orchestra, performing on international tours and CD recordings.

Frank is an active chamber musician and is the founder of one of Sydney’s leading chamber ensembles, the Sydney Soloists. He also a dedicated pedagogue and holds the position of Lecturer in Clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he has taught since
1994.

In early 2010 Frank was appointed Artistic Director of the Australian
International Symphony Orchestral Institute which attracts Australia’s finest young orchestral players.