Biography Cecilia Sipos
Born in Hungary, Cecilia Sipos is passionate about chamber music, orchestra playing and the baroque cello. She learnt violoncello at the Béla Bartók Konzervatorium in Budapest before moving to Vienna in 1997.
From 1997-2001 she began studying violoncello at the University of Music and Performing Arts with Angelica May and completed her masters at the University of Arts in Graz in 2005 with Rudolf Leopold. After discovering her love for baroque cello she trained with Claire Pottinger-Schmidt at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversity in Linz from 2014-2016. She graduated with honours in both studies. Another great influence on her playing was her teacher, Martin Hornstein.
Prizes won by Cecilia Sipos include the special prize at the Friss Antal Cello Competition in Hungary and first prize at the Auer Akademie Compatition in Hungary. She was awarded scholarships to study from the Kiwanis Club and the Forum Hungaricum and was honoured by the City of Graz with the Karl Böhm Award.
She has performed chamber music with various ensembles at renowned festivals, such as the Europäische Wochen in Passau, ImpulsTanz in Vienna, Styriarte in Graz, Summerfestival in Grafenegg and the Jewish Festival in Budapest, and given concerts in the many European countries, Japan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijdan and Georgia. In 2011, she played Dvorak’s cello concerto with the Bakau Philharmonic.
Her first orchestrial engagement was with the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2005 till 2019 she was a member of the Tonkünstler Orchestra Niederösterreich, Austria.
In search of a more authentic, original sound and approach to the instrument, she discovered her passion for baroque music and gut strings. She plays regularly with different baroque ensembles such as L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra (Michi Gaigg), Wiener Akademie (Martin Haselböck), Bach Consort Wien (Ruben Dubrovsky), Orchestra 1756 Salzburg.