Widely considered one of the most versatile violinists of her generation, the Dutch-Italian violinist Cecilia Bernardini performs on both modern and Baroque violin.
Cecilia Bernardini has appeared as soloist in many of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls, including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Musikverein (Vienna), Konzerthaus (Berlin) and Wigmore Hall (London), playing much of the main Romantic and Baroque concerto repertoire. In 2010 she was the violinist in the world premiere of Philip Glass’s Double Concerto for violin and cello with the Residentie Orkest.
Bernardini frequently leads and directs modern and period instrument ensembles, such as the Ensemble Zefiro, Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Robin Ticciati (including appearances at the Edinburgh International Festival), King’s Consort, Camerata Salzburg (including the Linz Brucknerhaus and Salzburg Festival), Arcangelo with Jonathan Cohen, Holland Baroque Society, Bach Collegium Japan, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra with Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Ensemble Pygmalion with Raphael Pichon (in recordings for Erato) and Nederlandse Bachvereniging with Jos van Veldhoven.
In 2012 Bernardini was appointed leader of the Dunedin Consort, with whom she appears regularly as soloist; she plays on their critically acclaimed recordings of Bach’s John Passion and Brandenburg Concertos and the award-winning recording of Mozart’s Requiem. A keen chamber musician, Bernardini regularly performs with her father, the Baroque oboist Alfredo Bernardini, and is a member of the Serafino String Trio.
Bernardini plays a 1750 Santo Serafin violin, kindly loaned by the Netherlands Musical Instrument Foundation, and, in Baroque repertoire, a 1743 Camillus Camilli violin kindly loaned by the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation.