Cecilia Zilliacus Violin, Sweden

Cecilia Zilliacus is one of Sweden’s most talented international violinists. Her diverse repertoire and lively interest in contemporary music has led to cooperation with numerous composers and orchestras. Several compositions are written especially for her, thus she premiered works by Anders Nilsson, Mika Pelos and Fredrik Hedelin amongst others.

Zilliacus career took off in 1997 when she won both the Royal Swedish Academy of Music’s prestigious competition, the Soloist Prize and the Nordic Soloist Biennale in Trondheim. In 1997-98 Zilliacus Artist in Residence at the Swedish Radio and in 2001-02, she was Sweden’s representative in the international “Rising Star Project”, a collaboration between some of the world’s leading concert halls.

Zilliacus has recorded a number of albums, several of which have won the Swedish Grammy Awards. In the course of 2014,Cecilia recorded along with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and conductor Daniel Blendulf Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for violin and orchestra, as well as Nielsen’s solo works and sonatas with pianist Bengt Forsberg, who is also involved in the Classic Days 2016

Cecilia Zilliacus is also artistic director of “Katrina Chamber Music Festival” in Åland.

As a soloist Cecilia Zilliacus worked with most Swedish symphony orchestras as well as many Nordic and European orchestras, such as “BBC Wales”, “the Estonian Symphony Orchestra”, “Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra” and “Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra”. She has worked with conductors such as Andrey Boreyko, Baldur Brönniman, Olari ELTs, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Daniel Harding, Okko Kamu, Eri Klas, Susanna Malkki, Joseph Swensen, Arvo Volmer and Benjamin Wallfisch.
Cecilia Zilliacus regularly performs with top international names as Bengt Forsberg, Martin Fröst, Håvard Gimse, Philippe Graffin, Svante Henryson, Martti Rousi, Paavali Jumppanen, Christian Poltèra, Roland Pöntinen, Sven-David Sandström and Torleif Thedéen.
She is also a driving force in the award-winning Swedish string trio “ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen” and she is an associate professor and member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

Zilliacus plays on a Gagliano violin, courtesy of Järnåker Foundation