Cecilia Bernardini : violin

Cecilia Bernardini was born in 1984 in the Netherlands and has a Dutch/ Italian nationality. She studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Jan Repko, Vesko Eschkenazy and Ilya Grubert before furthering her education at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno. She received tuition on the baroque violin from Lucy van Dael, Rachel Podger and Pavlo Beznosiuk.

Cecilia has won first prizes at various national competitions and was a finalist at the Andrea Postacchini international violin competition winning a special prize for the interpretation of the Debussy sonata. In 2004 she was awarded the prestigious Dutch Anton Kersjes scholarship and in May 2005, she won the second prize at the Oskar Back national violin competition where she also made her debut in the main hall of the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. Additionally, she won a prize for her interpretation of Bach at the Leopold Mozart competition in Augsburg in 2006.

As a baroque violinist, she frequently plays with ensembles such as Zefiro, La Serenissima, Collegium Marianum and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as well as in a duo with fortepianist Shuann Chai. Her many recordings include Mozart Divertimenti with the ensemble Zefiro for Sony Classics.

Cecilia enjoys playing chamber music particularly with the pianist Mirsa Adami with whom she has given numerous concerts in Holland and abroad. In March 2003 they won the Vriendenkrans competition of the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam where they recently made their debut recital; she also plays in the Serafino String Trio (www.serafinostringtrio.com) with violist Giles Francis and cellist Timora Rosler.  Other chamber music partners include Colin Carr, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Rick Stotijn, Alexandre Tharaud and Alfredo Bernardini.

Recent engagements include a tour with the Residentie Orkest as a soloist in a double concerto by Philip Glass and a solo appearance of a Beethoven Romance with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as well as in the Robeco series at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Currently Cecilia is on trial for the position of leader at both the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg.  She plays on a Santo Serafin violin which has been kindly lent to her by the Dutch National Music Instrument Foundation.  Recently, she has been selected by the Jumpstart Foundation to play on a 1743 Camillus Camilli baroque violin.

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