Frédérique Cambreling divides her time as a performer between solo recitals, concert appearances and her activity as Principal Harpist of the renowned Ensemble Intercontemporain (since 1993).
As a chamber musician she is also a member of the Trio Salzedo.
Frédérique Cambreling studied music in France and received a number of international prizes; she was then appointed Princpal Harpist of the Orchestre National de France, where she worked from 1977 to 1986. She was harp professor at Musikene (the Superior Conservatory of the Basque Country in San Sebastián, Spain) from 2002 to 2011, and currently holds the post of Professor of Didactics at Paris Conservatoire (CNSM).
Cambreling has a passion for her instrument’s many different modes of expression. That eclecticism has led to frequent invitations to perform at the most diverse types of musical events in France and abroad. For instance, in recent years, she has made solo appearances with the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestras (Freiburg and Stuttgart), the Konzerthaus Orchestra (Berlin), the BR Radio Symphony Orchestra (Munich), the Orkestra Euskadiko Sinfonikoa (San Sebastian), the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de Picardie, the Orchestre National de Lyon and the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Frédérique Cambreling has premièred a number of works by composers such as Wolfgang Rihm, Andréas Dohmen, Luis De Pablo, Philippe Schoëller, Tôn That Tiet, Frédéric Pattar, Gérard Buquet and Philippe Boesmans.
She has also made various recordings featuring a wide-ranging selection of harp repertoire.