Silvia Careddu was born in Cagliari, Italy, and studied at the Conservatoire de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where she graduated with distinctions. She made an auspicious start to her career by winning unanimously the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 56th Concours International de Genève. Following the award, Lorin Maazel invited Careddu to be the solo flute of his newly founded Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini. She later joined the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Wiener Symphoniker and the Wiener Philharmoniker-Wiener Staatsoper, as principal flute.
In 2012, she became artistic partner of the Kammerakademie Potsdam, winner of the Echo-Preis 2015 for the category Best German Orchestra. As guest principal flute, Silvia plays with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and the Sinfonia Grange au Lac. Silvia is a founding member of the Alban Berg Ensemble Wien, a chamber music group made up of virtuoso instrumentalists.
She is highly demanded as a soloist and chamber musician, and has made an appearance at many esteemed music festivals, like the Schleswig-Holstein, the Festival des Arcs, the Bürgenstock Festival, the Australian National Academy for Music, the Festival de Pollenca, the Festival de Salon, the Musiktage Mondsee, the Weggis Galway Festival, the Riva del Garda, the Hitzacker Festival, the Flautissimo, the Fukuoka Japan Convention, the NFA American Flute Convention, the AFE Spanish Flute Convention, and the Festival de Colmar.
Moreover, Careddu is a professor at the Conservatoire – Académie Supérieure de Strasbourg HEAR, at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin, at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin, and at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole based in Italy. She regularly gives masterclasses in Europe and Asia, and has served as juror for the Concours de Genève, the Nicolet International Flute Competition, the Premio Claudio Abbado, the Concours Maxence Larrieu, the Crussell International Competition, and the Prague Spring International Music Competition.
She owes important influences and artistic impulses to A. Nicolet, F. Souchard, R. Ghiani, R. Guiot, E. Pahud and P.Y. Artaud. As a recording artist, Careddu has a CD with Emmanuel Pahud and Trevor Pinnock performing Trio Sonatas by J. S. Bach for EMI.