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Mr Frank Celata
Head of Woodwind








Frank Celata is a distinguished clarinetist known for his virtuosity and artistry. Graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1987 under the guidance of Phillip Miechel and Pamela Bloom, he further honed his skills in Amsterdam with Piet Honingh and in Siena with Giuseppe Garbarino.

In 1991, Frank assumed the prestigious role of Principal Clarinet with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra before joining the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) in 1993 as Associate Principal Clarinet. His remarkable artistry has been showcased through numerous solo performances, featuring iconic works such as Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, Bernstein's Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, and Krommer's Double Clarinet Concerto.

Frank has been a soloist with the SSO on various occasions, performing a concerto composed for him by Gordon Kerry and John Adams' 'Gnarly Buttons' at The National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing. His international engagements include guest appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, touring and recording extensively.

As a dedicated educator, Frank has been a Lecturer in Clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium since 1994, contributing to the development of numerous students who have achieved leading positions globally. He has also conducted masterclasses at institutions such as the Shanghai Conservatorium, Trinity College in London, and The Australian National Academy of Music.

Frank Celata is a founding member of the Sydney Soloists, a premier chamber ensemble consisting of Principal Players from the SSO. The group has garnered acclaim through live national broadcasts for the ABC and recordings.

In addition to his performance and teaching career, Frank served as the Artistic Director of the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI), showcasing his commitment to nurturing the next generation of musical talent. His influence extends beyond Australia, leaving a lasting impact on the global stage of classical music.

Sydney School of Music and Fine Arts
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