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Sylvain Cambreling

French-born conductor Sylvain Cambreling is 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. A great believer in imaginative programming, Cambreling is famed for the originality of his concert-planning and a speciality is the juxtaposition of contrasting but related works or composers. Among the boldest of his projects was the performance on consecutive evenings of Messiaen’s three largest works.

Sylvain Cambreling was Music Director at La Monnaie and Frankfurt Opera before taking up the position of General Music Director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart.
He balances his opera engagements with his positions at Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and Klangforum Wien, and guest appearances in concert with the world’s leading ensembles. He has performed with orchestras including the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the Tonhalle, the radio orchestras of Köln, Stockholm and London, the Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestre de Paris and Oslo Philharmonic. In North America he has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

In 2009 Sylvain Cambreling received the Echo Klassik “Conductor of the Year Award”, the Deutsche Schallplatten Jahrespreise 2009 for best orchestral CD, and in 2010 the MIDEM Contemporary Music Award. In 2012 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.