Cecilia Bernardini is considered to be one of the most versatile violinists of her generation. She completed her studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Jan Repko, Vesko Eshkenazy and Ilya Grubert with a unanimous 10 cum laude. She then followed a master's at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. At a young age, Cecillia won numerous prizes at the Princess Christina Competition, the Iordens Violin Days and the Davina van Wely Competition. She received the 2nd prize at the National Violin Competition Oskar Back 2005.
One of her greatest passions is playing chamber music. The regular duo partner is fortepianist Keiko Shichijo. With viola player Giles Francis and cellist Timora Rosler, she forms the Serafino String Trio. As a baroque violinist, Cecillia has been a regular concertmaster since 2012 at the Edinburgh-based Dunedin Consort, including John Butt. As a guest leader and soloist, Cecilia works with ensembles such as La Serenissima, The King's Consort, The Dutch Bach Society and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Cecilia was the first Dutch person to be admitted to the Jumpstart Foundation, from whom she has a Camillus Camilli baroque violin from 1743 on loan.