Sylvain Cambreling

Sylvain Cambreling

Music Director: Stuttgart Opera

Principal Conductor: Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra

Principal Guest Conductor: Klangforum Wien

Representation: General Management

Photo: Marco Borggreve


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. Cambreling is currently General Music Director at Stuttgart State Opera and has previously been Music Director at La Monnaie and Frankfurt Opera. Cambreling balances his opera engagements and titled positions with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and Klangforum Wien, with guest appearances with the world’s leading ensembles.


Full Biography

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.

In September 2012 Sylvain Cambreling took up the position of General Music Director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart. He is also Principal Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, a position he has held since 2010.

Sylvain Cambreling 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; Wozzeck, Fidelio and a Ring cycle in Frankfurt. He has conducted extensively at Opéra National de Paris where his work has included Saint François d’Assise, Pelléas et Mélisande, Katya Kabanova, La Clemenza di Tito, The Love for Three Oranges, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Simon Boccanegra, Les Troyens, Louise, La Traviata, Ariane et Barbe-Bleue and Wozzeck.

He balances his opera engagements with his positions at the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, 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 Orchestra, the radio orchestras of Frankfurt, Hamburg, 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.  In North America he has conducted 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 JésusChrist.

In 2009 Sylvain Cambreling received the Echo Klassik “Conductor of the Year Award” and the Deutsche Schallplatten Jahrespreise 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 2012 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Cambreling goes to Hamburg

February 9th, 2018

Hamburg Symphony Orchestra appoints new Chief Conductor

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Saint François d’Assise Première

October 10th, 2017

Sylvain Cambreling and YNSO give concert première in Japan

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Sylvain Cambreling conducts the Tonhalle Orchestra

November 12th, 2015

Sylvain Cambreling conducts the Tonhalle Orchestra on the 13 November in a programme of Demierre, Rihm and Lutoslawski. The Demierre is a world premier written for a trio of piano, saxophone, double bass and orchestra.

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Fidelio in Stuttgart

October 22nd, 2015

Sylvain Cambreling conducts a new production of Fidelio at Stuttgart Opera opening on 25th October.

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Gramophone Awards nominations 2015

August 5th, 2015

We are delighted that Hazard Chase artists are involved in six of the disc nominations for the 2015 Gramophone Awards.

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Discography & Repertoire

Mark Andre – Auf (Triptych for large Orchestra)

Three independent orchestral pieces with Sylvain Cambreling conducting the SWR Sionfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg

WERGO (2015)


Schönberg – MOSES UND ARON

Sylvain Cambreling conducts the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg in a cast led by Franz Grundheber and Andreas Conrad


Artist Manager

Peter Railton (London)
020 7636 5447

Assistant Artist Manager

Chloe Stowers-Veitch (London)
020 7636 5453