Sylvain Cambreling

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Sylvain Cambreling, born in France, is an internationally renowned conductor. A thought-provoking, colourful and dramatic artist, he has a flair for grabbing the attention of audiences, yet his originality is rooted in thorough knowledge of musicology. As the Chief Conductor of the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg and Principal Guest Conductor of Klangforum Wien, he has offered ample proof of his persuasive championship of contemporary music. At the start of the 2018/2019 season he became the new Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. He was Principal Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo from 2010 - 2019. Sylvain Cambreling held the position of General Music Director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart from 2012 to 2018. He was Music Director at La Monnaie for ten years before becoming Music Director at Frankfurt Opera in 1993. Productions notable for the introduction of new and often revolutionary ideas include Pelléas et Mélisande and Les Troyens for the Salzburg Festival or Wozzeck, Fidelio and a Ring cycle in Frankfurt. He has also conducted extensively at Opéra National de Paris. He has performed with orchestras from all over Europe, including the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, and has conducted orchestras in North America such as the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. A great believer in imaginative programming, Cambreling is famed for the originality of his concert-planning. A speciality is the juxtaposition of contrasting but related works or composers, for example Haydn and Messiaen, or Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust with Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe's Faust. Among the boldest of his projects was the performance on consecutive evenings of Messiaen’s three largest works – Turangalîla, Éclairs sur l'au-delà and La transfiguration de notre seigneur Jésus-Christ. In 2009 Sylvain Cambreling received the Echo Klassik “Conductor of the Year Award” and the Deutsche Schallplatten Jahrespreis for best orchestral CD, and in 2010 the MIDEM Contemporary Music Award for his recording of Messiaen with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg. In 2007 he was awarded Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur and the Federal Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2012.

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