Dutch–Italian Cecilia Bernardini is widely considered to be one of the most versatile violinists of her generation, performing on both modern and baroque violin.
As a soloist, Cecilia has performed in many of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Berlin and Wigmore Hall playing much of the main Romantic and Baroque concerto repertoire,.In 2010, she performed the solo part at the world première of Philip Glass’s Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra with the Residentie Orkest.
Cecilia frequently leads and directs modern and period instrument ensembles including Ensemble Zefiro, Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Robin Ticciati (including the Edinburgh International Festival), The King’s Consort, Camerata Salzburg (including the Linz Brucknerhaus and the 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 (recordings for Erato) and The Netherlands Bachvereniging with Jos van Veldhoven.
In 2012 Cecilia was appointed leader of the Dunedin Consort (John Butt). She features regularly as a soloist and appears on their critically acclaimed recordings of Bach’s St. John Passion, Brandenburg Concertos and the award winning Mozart Requiem.
A keen chamber musician, Cecilia regularly performs with her father, baroque oboist Alfredo Bernardini and is a member of the Serafino String Trio. Past chamber music partners include baroque violinist Stanley Ritchie, fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, pianist Alexandre Tharaud, cellist Colin Carr and double-bass player Rick Stotijn.
Cecilia plays on a 1750 Santo Serafin violin, kindly loaned by the the Netherlands Musical Instrument Foundation, and in baroque repertoire plays a 1743 Camillus Camilli violin kindly loaned by the Jumpstart Foundation.