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Sylvia Cempini

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Sylvia Cempini was born in Recanati, Italy, in a family of professional musicians. She started to play the cello at the age of four with Jan Peter Close and Karin Sassmannshaus in Munich.

Afterwards she continued her education in Munich with Rupert Buchner, Anja Fabricius and Hanno Simons.


After having received her Bachelor degree in the class of René Berman in 2015, she successfully concludes her studies at the Codarts hogeschool voor de kunsten in Rotterdam by obtaining a Master's degree in the class of Herre-Jan Stegenga.

Sylvia has been regularly performing with several german, dutch and italian chamber-, opera- and symphony orchestras, such as the Orchestre national de l'Opéra de Paris, the Rundfunkorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Orchester der Klangverwaltung, the Bach Collegium Munich, the Rossini Festival Orchestra, the Metropole Orchestra, the Niederbayerische Philharmonie, the Mannheimer Philharmoniker, the Hofer Symphoniker, the Orchestre Pasdeloup de Paris, the Jewish Chamber Orchestra Munich and the Ensemble Blauer Reiter, and took part in various projects of the Bayerische Staatsoper.

Since 2021 she participates regularly at productions and concerts of the Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Paris.


She performed within various formations in renowned concert halls, as in the Concertgebouw, the Palais Garnier, the Opera Bastille, the Philhamonie Muenchen, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Prinzegententheater, the Philharmonie Berlin, the Tonhalle Duesseldorf, the KKL Luzern, the Prinzregententheater Muenchen, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the concert hall de Doelen (Rotterdam) and the Musikverein (Vienna), under the baton of, amongst others, Gustavo Dudamel, Kent Nagano, Roberto Abbado, Philippe Jordan and Enoch von und zu Guttenberg.

Furthermore, Sylvia performed within several important Festivals, such as the Menuhin Festival (Gstaad), the Rheingau Festival, the Chiemsee Festival and the Rossini Opera Festival (Pesaro).


In 2012 and 2013 she has been part of the EMF International Youth Orchestra in Italy, where she obtained a scholarship each year.

In 2014 she won, as member of the Britten Youth String Orchestra, the first price at the SCL International Youth-Festival in Vienna, in the category of string orchestra.

In 2016 she entered the Metropole Orchestra Academy.

Apart from orchestra-playing, Sylvia is a dedicated chamber musician.

Since 2014 she is the official cellist of the Shalom Ensemble (Munich) and the Camille Claudel trio with the pianist Roberta Ropa and the violinist Susanne Gargerle.

Within various formations she has performed multiple times in the dutch national radio and television, i.a. for the dutch royal family.


In 2017 Sylvia founded together with the clarinetist Letizia Elsa Maulà the “New Phoenix Ensemble”, with which she is performing regularly in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Spain and  in radio and television.


Furthermore, Sylvia gives regularly international solo-recitals.

In 2016 Sylvia performed several times with great success Haydn's cello concerto in D Maj as soloist, in locations such as the Hubertussaal in Munich.

Together with her duo partner Yaroslav Kolpakov she gave numerous recitals in the Netherlands, Germany and Latvia.


In 2020 Sylvia obtained an artist scholarship from the german foundation 'Musikfonds' and in 2021 one price from the dutch foundation 'Fonds Podiumkunsten' for her Ensemble and two prices from the foundation 'Droom en Daad' for Rotterdam-based artists who give a cultural contribution to the city.

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