Sylvain Cambreling

French-born conductor Sylvain Cambreling is a musician and artist which 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 gifts for imaginative programme-planning and persuasive championship of contemporary music.

Cambreling was Music Director at La Monnaie for ten years before becoming Music Director at Frankfurt Opera in 1993. He has conducted extensively at Opéra National de Paris, where his work has included Saint François d'Assise, Pelléas et Mélisande, Katya Kabanova, The Love for Three Oranges, Les Troyens, Ariane et Barbe-Bleue and many others.

Cambreling balances his opera engagements with his guest appearances in concert with the world’s leading ensembles as e.g. the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the radio orchestras of Hamburg, Köln, Copenhagen, Stockholm and London, as well as the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Orchestre de Paris and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras or  the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. In 2009 Sylvain Cambreling received the Echo Klassik “Conductor of the Year" Award and the Deutsche Schallplatten Jahrespreis 2009 for best orchestral CD, and in 2010 the MIDEM Contemporary Music Award for his recording of Messiaen with the SWR Freiburg and Baden-Baden Symphony Orchestra.

In September 2012 Sylvain Cambreling took up the position of General Music Director of Stuttgart State Opera. He is also Principal Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo.