Robin Ticciati

Robin Ticciati OBE (born 16 April 1983, in London) is a British conductor of Italian ancestry. His paternal grandfather, Niso Ticciati, was a composer, arranger, cellist,[1] and keyboardist.[2] His father is a barrister, and his mother is a therapist. His older brother Hugo Ticciati is a violinist, and his sister is a theology professor.[3]

As a youth, Ticciati studied violin, piano and percussion, and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.[4] He began conducting at age 15 whilst attending St Paul's School. Ticciati read music at Clare College, University of Cambridge. Although Ticciati has not had any formal conducting training,[5] he counts Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Colin Davis among his conducting mentors.[6][7]

Ticciati founded the chamber ensemble Aurora, which gave its first concert in April 2005, the year in which he was also awarded a Borletti Buitoni Trust Fellowship. In June 2005 he was called to substitute for Riccardo Muti for a night at the Teatro alla Scala, thus becoming its youngest conductor ever.[8] In January 2006, Ticciati became artistic advisor and chief conductor of the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, and concluded his Gävle tenure in May 2009.[6][9] In 2007, Ticciati became music director of Glyndebourne on Tour, and held the post through December 2009.[10]

Ticciati conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) for the first time at Strathpeffer Pavilion, at the start of a summer 2008 Highlands concert tour.[11][12] In October 2008, the SCO announced the appointment of Ticciati as the orchestra's next principal conductor, effective as of the 2009-2010 season.[6][13] In October 2010, the SCO announced the extension of Ticciati's contract as principal conductor for an additional 3 years, through the 2014-2015 season.[14] In March 2013, the SCO further extended Ticciati's contract as principal conductor to 2018.[15] He concluded his SCO tenure at the close of the 2017-2018 season.[16] In July 2011, Ticciati was announced as the seventh music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, effective January 2014,[17][18] the first former music director of Glyndebourne on Tour to be named music director of the full Glyndebourne Opera company.

Outside of the UK, Ticciati served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony from 2010 to 2013.[19] He first guest-conducted the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO Berlin) in October 2014.[20] In October 2015, the DSO Berlin named Ticciati its next principal conductor, effective with the 2017-2018 season, with an initial contract of 5 years.[21]

Ticcati and the SCO have recorded commercially for Linn Records,[22] as Les Nuits d'été, La mort de Cléopâtre, La Symphonie Fantastique and L'Enfance du Christ, Roméo et Juliette, (with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Swedish Radio Chor), by Berlioz. Ticciati received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2012.[23] In April 2017 Ticciati conducted Eugene Onegin at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, starring Anna Netrebko as Tatyana, Alexey Dolgov as Lensky and Peter Mattei in the title role.

Ticciati was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to music.[24]


  1. He coached the Middlesex Schools Orchestra cello section, in which the contributor's brother played.
  2. The contributor enjoyed a performance by him on some of his keyboard instruments at the Cambridge University Music Club in the early '60s.
  3. Fiona Maddocks (14 May 2007). "Boy with a baton". The Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 16 February 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2009.
  4. Tom Service (19 August 2010). "Robin Ticciati: Transcontinental maestro at 27". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  5. Michael Tumelty (29 July 2009). "A young man on a baton charge to world acclaim". The Herald. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
  6. Tim Cornwell (10 October 2008). "He's young and talented..and the future of classical music". The Scotsman. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
  7. Phil Miller (10 October 2008). "'Exciting young conductor' to take over baton at Scottish orchestra". The Herald. Archived from the original on 3 December 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
  8. "Archivio Corriere della Sera". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  9. Karin Månsson (10 May 2009). "Bye bye Gävle". Arbetarbladet. Archived from the original on 11 July 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2009.
  10. "Jakub Hrůša Appointed as Music Director for Glyndebourne on Tour" (Press release). Glyndebourne on Tour. 20 February 2009. Archived from the original on 7 October 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2009.
  11. Michael Tumelty (10 July 2008). "Classical: SCO". The Herald. Retrieved 22 January 2009.
  12. Rowena Smith (12 July 2008). "SCO/Ticciati (Pavilion, Strathpeffer)". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 January 2009.
  13. "SCO announces new Principal Conductor - Robin Ticciati" (Press release). Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 10 October 2008. Archived from the original on 25 October 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
  14. "Robin Ticciati extends contract until 2015" (Press release). Scottish Chamber Orchestra. October 2010. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  15. "Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati extends contract until 2018" (Press release). Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  16. Keith Bruce (22 March 2017). "The SCO's fine send-off season for conductor Robin Ticciati". The Herald. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  17. "Robin Ticciati will be Festival Music Director from January 2014" (Press release). Glyndebourne Festival Opera. 1 July 2011. Archived from the original on 2 July 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  18. Maeve Kennedy (1 July 2001). "Glyndebourne baton handed to Robin Ticciati". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  19. "Jonathan Nott to extend contract until 2012, Robin Ticciati named Principal Guest Conductor" (Press release). Bamberger Symphoniker. 5 October 2009. Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
  20. Felix Stephan (1 October 2014). "Dirigent Robin Ticciati feiert sein Debüt in Berlin". Berliner Morgenpost. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  21. "Robin Ticciati named Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin". Gramophone. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  22. Andrew Clements (5 April 2012). "Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Overture to Beatrice and Benedict – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  23. "Higgs Boson Scientist Awarded Heriot-Watt honorary degree". Heriot-Watt University. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  24. "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B14.
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Petri Sakari
Chief Conductor, Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Jaime Martín
Preceded by
Edward Gardner
Music Director, Glyndebourne on Tour
Succeeded by
Jakub Hrůša
Preceded by
Joseph Swensen
Principal Conductor, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Succeeded by
(post vacant)
Preceded by
Vladimir Jurowski
Music Director, Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Tugan Sokhiev
Principal Conductor, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Succeeded by

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