Sylvain Cambreling

Sylvain Cambreling (born 2 July 1948 in Amiens, France) is a French conductor.

Trained as a trombone player, Cambreling studied at the Paris Conservatoire. He joined l'Orchestre Symphonique de Lyon (OSL) as a trombonist in 1971. In 1974, he took second prize in the International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors. His conducting debut was with the OSL in 1975, leading Robert Schumann's Scenes from Goethe's Faust. At the invitation of Pierre Boulez, he began to guest-conduct the Ensemble Intercontemporain regularly from 1976.

Cambreling was the music director of the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels from 1981–1991, during Gerard Mortier's tenure. He served as artistic director and general music director of the Frankfurt Opera from 1993–1997. During his Frankfurt tenure, he encountered controversy over proposed budget cuts from the city of Frankfurt and the director for opera and ballet, Martin Steinhoff.[1] From 1997–2004, he served as principal guest conductor of Klangforum Wien, with whom he premiered Luciano Berio's final opera, Cronaca del luogo. He also made several commercial recordings with Klangforum Wien.[2][3][4][5] He was a frequent conductor at the Opéra National de Paris during Mortier's tenure there, from 2004–2009, holding the title of "principal conductor" for the first season of that duration, a title shared with six other conductors.

From 1999 to 2011, Cambreling was chief conductor of the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, and made several commercial recordings with the orchestra.[6][7][8][9] In April 2010, he was named Generalmusikdirektor (GMD) of the Stuttgart State Opera, effective with the 2012–2013 season.[10] He concluded his Stuttgart tenure at the close of the 2017–2018 season.[11] Cambreling had been offered the post of chief conductor of the newly-formed SWR Symphonieorchester, but declined on principle, in protest at the merger of the two precursor orchestras into the new ensemble.[12] In February 2018, the Symphoniker Hamburg announced the appointment of Cambreling as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2018–2019 season.[13]

Outside of Europe, Cambreling became principal conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in April 2010, with an initial contract of 3 years. He is scheduled to stand down as the orchestra's principal conductor on 31 March 2019.[14]


  1. ^ John Rockwell (1994-07-31). "Artistry, an Artistic Director Learns, Is Only the Half of It". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-10.
  2. ^ Andrew Clements (2000-12-01). "The devil is in the detail". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  3. ^ Andrew Clements (2002-01-10). "Spectral songs". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
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  5. ^ Andrew Clements (2004-05-06). "Staud: A Map Is Not the Territory; Bewegungen; Polygon; Black Moon; Berenice: Klangforum Wien/ Cambreling/ Vienna Radio Symphony/ de Billy". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  6. ^ Andrew Clements (2003-06-05). "Messiaen: Eclairs sur l'Au-delà: SWR Symphony Baden-Baden and Freiburg/ Cambreling". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  7. ^ Andrew Clements (2008-01-25). "Rihm: Dis-Kontur; Sub-Kontur; Lichtzwang, Negyesy/ SWR SO Baden Baden & Freiburg/ Cambreling/ Bour". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  8. ^ Andrew Clements (2010-01-28). "Rihm: Quid Est Deus; Ungemaltes Bild; Frau/Stimme – Siebert / Fugiss / SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart / SWR SO / Cambreling / Goldmann / Gielen". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  9. ^ Andrew Clements (2015-02-26). "Andre: ...auf... CD review – alienated textures". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  10. ^ Jürgen Kanold (2010-04-15). "Staatsoper Stuttgart holt Cambreling". Schwäbisches Tagblatt. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  11. ^ "Cornelius Meister ab der Spielzeit 2018/2019 Generalmusikdirektor der Staatsoper Stuttgart und des Staatsorchesters Stuttgart" (Press release). Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  12. ^ Ulf Mauder (2018-06-27). "Von Skandalen und Schönheit - Dirigent Cambreling wird 70". NMZ. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  13. ^ "Sylvain Cambreling wird Chefdirigent der Symphoniker Hamburg" (Press release). Symphoniker Hamburg. 9 February 2018. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  14. ^ "Sebastian Weigle to be New Principal Conductor of YNSO from 2019/20 Season" (Press release). Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-10.

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
John Pritchard
General Music Director, Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels
Succeeded by
Antonio Pappano
Preceded by
Gary Bertini
Music Director, Frankfurt Opera
Succeeded by
Paolo Carignani
Preceded by
Michael Gielen
Chief Conductor, Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
François-Xavier Roth
Preceded by
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Principal Conductor, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Manfred Honeck
General Music Director, Staatsoper Stuttgart
Succeeded by
Cornelius Meister
Preceded by
Jeffrey Tate
Chief Conductor, Symphoniker Hamburg
Succeeded by

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