Biography

Robin Ticciati OBE has been the Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO) since the 2017-18 season. In the summer of 2014 he took on the role of Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. From 2009 to 2017 he held the position of Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO), and from 2010 to 2013 was First Guest Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony.

The young Briton with Italian roots is a regular guest conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Guest-conducting highlights in recent years also include the Wiener Philharmoniker, Czech Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Staatskapelle Dresden.

Photo: Alexander Gnädinger

Tours with the SCO have led Robin Ticciati through Europe and to Asia. In the autumn of 2016 he toured with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Anne-Sophie Mutter, performing concerts at Vienna’s Musikverein, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Gasteig in Munich and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. In January 2019, he could be heard with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe »in memoriam Claudio Abbado« in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne und Salzburg. In the season 2019-20 he conducted an Asia tour with the DSO, namely a residency in Tokyo and concerts in China, followed by other guest appearances, for instance in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

As Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Robin Ticciati conducted new productions of Debussy’s ‚Pelléas et Mélisande’, Strauss’s ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ and Mozart’s ‘La finta giardiniera’, in addition to Mozart’s ‘Entführung aus dem Serail’, Dvořák’s ‘Rusalka’ and a Ravel evening with ‘L’heure espagnole’ and ‘L’enfant et les sortilèges’. In the current season he is conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a new production of Wagner’s ›Tristan und Isolde‹. In addition, in the recent past Robin Ticciati conducted Britten’s ‘Peter Grimes’ at La Scala in Milan, Mozart’s ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ at the Salzburg Festival and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugen Onegin’ at the Royal Opera House in London as well as at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he also conducted Humperdinck’s ‘Hänsel und Gretel’.

Numerous CD recordings with Robin Ticciati have been released by Linn Records, including Haydn symphonies, two Berlioz albums and a complete recording of Schumann’s and Brahms’s symphonies with the SCO, as well as Berlioz’s ‘L’Enfance du Christ’ with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. These were all enthusiastically received by the critics and won numerous awards. Also with Linn Records, Robin Ticciati and the DSO presented highly acclaimed recordings of works by Bruckner, Debussy, Duparc, Duruflé, Fauré and Strauss. In autumn 2021 another recording will be released with the Symphony No. 2 by Rachmaninoff. Ticciati’s discography also comprises Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, Bruckner’s Mass in F minor and a Brahms recording with the Bamberger Symphoniker and the Choir of the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Tudor), as well as a number of opera recordings for Opus Arte and the house label of the Glyndebourne Festival.

Together with the DSO, he realized a series of extraordinary music films during the 2020-21 season in co-production with EuroArts Music International and sounding images, including an elaborate production of Strauss’ ‘An Alpine Symphony’ as a musical and philosophical mountain tour with the legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner, which was presented, among others, on ‘DG Stage’, Deutsche Grammophon’s digital concert hall.

Robin Ticciati was born in London in 1983 and trained first as a violinist, pianist and percussionist. He played in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain until turning to conducting at the age of 15. His mentors and patrons include Sir Colin Davis and Sir Simon Rattle. In 2014 he was appointed the ‘Sir Colin Davis Fellow of Conducting’ at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Robin Ticciati was awarded an OBE for services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours (2019).

as at: July 2021

Concerts with Robin Ticciati