"Conductor and clarinetist, former member of London Symphony Orchestra and founder/artistic director of Ensemble Ubertini in Italy"
Lorenzo Antonio Iosco is an Italian clarinetist and conductor based in Hong Kong where he is a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Before moving to Asia in 2015, he studied the clarinet at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence from where he graduated with Distinction. He then became a member at Madrid Opera House Teatro Real in Spain for three years and London Symphony Orchestra for seven years, respectively.
As a clarinetist, Lorenzo also worked extensively with Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Luzern Festival Orchestra, under the baton of renowned conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Andris Nelsons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, André Previn, Yuri Temirkanov, Semyon Bychkov, Lorin Maazel, Jaap Van Zweden and Myung-Whun Chung.
As soloist he performed all major clarinet repertoire in Europe and Asia. Chamber music highlights include his London Wigmore Hall debut in collaboration with the London Conchord Ensemble in 2013, and performing as well as recording Mozart’s Gran Partita with the LSO woodwind ensemble in Switzerland, Italy and at LSO St. Lukes in London.
Lorenzo studied orchestral conducting with Piero Bellugi in Florence and Donato Renzetti in Rome. Recently he was invited to join the Gstaad Conducting Academy in Switzerland where he had the privilege of working closely with Jaap van Zweden and Johannes Schlaefli, who selected him to conduct in the Academy’s final concert. Lorenzo is founder and artistic director of Ensemble Ubertini, a chamber orchestra based in Tuscany with international guest musicians. His main interest with the Ensemble is to rediscover some of the most important repertoire of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
In 2021 Lorenzo made his conducting debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme featuring the Italian composer Nino Rota. In April 2022 he was invited again by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra to conduct Ravel’s Mother Goose in a live online broadcast concert at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
For two consecutive years, 2021 and 2022, Lorenzo was invited by the General Consul of Italy in Hong Kong to conduct a concert at Hong Kong City Hall celebrating the Italian National Day with music of the best Italian composers of all time.
Future engagements will see Lorenzo conducting Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra in 2023.