Cecilia Zilliacus is one of Sweden’s most accomplished violinists, working across the Nordic countries and Europe. Her versatile repertoire of solo and chamber music works has led her to cooperate with a vast number of composers and orchestras. Her interest in newly written pieces and contemporary music has generated several compositions written specifically for her. During the last few years, Cecilia Zilliacus has premiered violin concertos by Anders Nilsson, Fredrik Hedelin and Mika Pelo together with the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Norrbotten NEO and 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 Biennial in Trondheim, Norway. She was also named Artist in Residence at Swedish national radio for the year 1997/1998. In the 2001/2002 season, she was Sweden’s representative in the international Rising Star project, a cooperative venture between some of the world’s leading concert houses.
Zilliacus has recorded a number of albums, several of which have won Swedish Grammies. Cecilia´s recording of Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, as well as his solo works and sonatas (2015), has won great appraisal internationally. Also her cd with music by JS Bach, Svante Henryson and Sven-David Sandström (BIS Records 2016) was very warmly welcomed by international media and audience.
From the summer of 2015 Cecilia Zilliacus is the artistic director of Katrina Chamber Music Festival on Åland. She will have the same position at The Korsholm Music Festival in Vaasa, Finland, from 2018.
As a soloist, Cecilia Zilliacus has performed with most Swedish symphony orchestras as well as many Nordic and European orchestras, such as BBC Wales, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. Among the conductors she has worked with are Kristiina Poska, Andrey Boreyko, Baldur Brönniman, Olari Elts, Eivind Gullberg-Jensen, Daniel Harding, Okko Kamu, Eri Klas, Susanna Mälkki, Joseph Swensen, Arvo Volmer, Christian Lindberg and Benjamin Shwartz.
Cecilia Zilliacus regularly performs with musicians and composers active on the international scene, such as Bengt Forsberg, Martin Fröst, Håvard Gimse, Philippe Graffin, Christian Ihle Hadland, Svante Henryson, Martti Rousi, Paavali Jumppanen, Christian Poltèra, Roland Pöntinen, Sven-David Sandström, Oliver Triendl and Torleif Thedéen.
She is also a driving force in the prize-winning Swedish string trio ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen. Through the trio, Zilliacus plays an important part in bringing Nordic and European composers and musicians to Sweden as guests in the trio’s chamber music series at the Stockholm Concert House.
Cecilia Zilliacus was born in 1972 and lives in Stockholm with her husband and two children. She is an associate professor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Zilliacus’ violin is a N. Gagliano provided by the Järnåker Foundation.