ArtistSylvain Cambreling © Marco Borggreve
French-born conductor Sylvain Cambreling is a musician with big ideas. 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 gifts for imaginative programme-planning and persuasive championship of contemporary music.
At the start of the 2018/2019 season he became the new Chief Conductor of the Symphoniker Hamburg. In 2022 the orchestra renewed the contract to the end of the 2027/2028 season. He was Principal Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo from 2010 - 2019 and before that Music Director of SWR-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg (1999–2011).
Sylvain Cambreling held the position of General Music Director of the Stuttgart State Opera from 2012 - 2018. Moreover, he has conducted extensively at Opéra National de Paris. Productions notable for the introduction of new and often revolutionary ideas include ›Pelléas et Mélisande‹ and ›Les Troyens‹ for the Salzburg Festival; ›Wozzeck‹, ›Fidelio‹ and a ›Ring‹ cycle in Frankfurt.
He has performed with orchestras including the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the Tonhalle Orchestra, the radio orchestras of Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin, Hannover, Köln, Copenhagen, Stockholm and London, as well as the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Münchner Philharmoniker, Vienna Symphony, Orchestre de Paris and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras.
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‹.