Born in Argentina, Cecilia Castagneto is one of the most promising conductors of her generation. She cultivates with passion the entire spectrum from Beethoven to contemporary music.
As a guest conductor she has been invited to work with orchestras such as Duisburger Philharmoniker, Funkhausorchester WDR, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Helsingborger Symphonieorchester, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Filharmonia Szczecin, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen.
Cecilia Castagneto has worked from 2018 to 2022 as Music Director of the “Studio Orchester Duisburg” and focussed on the repertoire of the romantic period and the beginning of the 20th century.
From 2012 to 2016 she was co-founder and artistic director of the Octans Ensemble. She conducted all the productions with works by Wagner, Mahler, Poulenc, Debussy, Stravinsky, as well as contemporary music and world premieres by young contemporary composers.
She has participated in the “Münchener Biennale” (Sarah Nemtsov Oper “L´absence”), The “Berliner Festspiele” (Co- Conductor Brian Ferneyhough - “Firecycle Beta”), Ruhrtriennale, the European Workshop for Contemporary Music and the Berlin Academy of Arts. Since 2021 she has been the artistic director of the project “Frauen im Licht” (“Women in the Light”), which presents music by contemporary female composers from all over the world and distributes it internationally.
Cecilia Castagneto was recognized with an award in Music by Lions Club and received scholarships from “María Marta Sanchez Elía de Nuñez”, “DOM”, “Deutsche Musikrat” and “DAAD”.
After graduating in orchestral conducting at the Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), she started her conducting career as an assistant to Carlos Calleja at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In 2009 she continued her studies with Professor Rüdiger Bohn at the “Robert Schumann Musikhochschule” in Düsseldorf, where she received her master's degree in conducting with distinction in 2012. Her teachers include the international conductors Peter Rundel, Arturo Tamayo and Rodolfo Fischer.