Sylvain Cambreling


Sylvain Cambreling, who was born in 1948 in Amiens, France, began his career as a trombonist at the Lyon Opera in 1971, earned a degree in orchestral conducting, and soon made the transition from the pit to the conductor’s podium. From 1975 to 1981 he served as Assistant Music Director at the acclaimed Lyon Music Theatre. In 1976 Pierre Boulez brought him to Paris as regular Guest Conductor of the Ensemble intercontemporain, and in 1981 Gérard Mortier appointed Cambreling Music Director at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. During his ten-year tenure there, Cambreling conducted forty new productions staged by such directors as Luc Bondy, Patrice Chéreau, Peter Mussbach, and Herbert Wernicke. In 1993 he headed to Frankfurt Opera, where he served for three years as General Administrator and General Music Director; in 1994 the magazine Opernwelt selected him as Conductor of the Year, and in 1996 his company was named best of the year. From 1999 to 2011 Cambreling was head of the SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra; since 2010 he has helmed the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, and in the 2012-13 season he begins his tenure as General Music Director of Stuttgart Staatsoper. He has been a guest artist at the Salzburg Festival, the Opéra National de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Milan, and the Vienna Staatsoper. In the concert hall Cambreling has collaborated with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Los Angeles and Oslo Philharmonics, and the San Francisco Symphony. He has more­over won an outstanding reputation as a champion of contemporary music, particularly through his work with the Klangforum Wien, of which he is First Guest Conductor since 1997.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 2 September 2000 in works by Rihm, Hosokawa, and Kurtág, performed by the Klangforum Wien.

August 2012