Sydney ZumMallen

Born deep in the heart of Texas, cellist and viola da gamba player Sydney ZumMallen is an active teacher and freelancer who has recently relocated back to the DFW area. A versatile musician, Sydney embarked on her career as a baroque specialist under the mentorship of Paul Leenhouts, touring extensively and teaching masterclasses with his ensemble Fantasmi throughout South America and Europe. She has also enjoyed tours across Italy with Fabio Bonizzoni, and across Europe and New Zealand with Robert Mealy and Juilliard415. The winner of The Juilliard School’s inaugural baroque cello concerto competition, Sydney made her solo debut with Juilliard415 at Alice Tully Hall in New York under the direction of Pablo Heras-Casado in the fall of 2019. 

During her studies at the University of North Texas, The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and The Juilliard School, she enjoyed working with musicians from all over the world including Jaap ter Linden, Kristin von der Goltz, Albert Brüggen, and Richte van der Meer. She has also worked extensively with Rachel Podger, Maasaki Suzuki, Richard Egarr, and Nicholas McGegan, with whom she led the continuo in The Juilliard School’s acclaimed production of Handel’s Rinaldo in February of 2020.

Sydney is a founding member of the period ensemble, Digital Camerata, that prides themselves on their exciting collaborations with artists of all kinds. Sydney received her master’s degree from The Juilliard School in the spring of 2020, where she was a recipient of the Historical Performance Scholarship and a student of Phoebe Carrai and Sarah Cunningham. She is currently an adjunct faculty at The University of North Texas where she teaches baroque cello and viola da gamba.

Sydney grew up not only with a heart for music, but with a deep love for cats. When she is not performing, Sydney enjoys knitting, baking, and relaxing with a cup of coffee and her cat, Gus.