Robin Ticciati was born in London in 1983 and studied music at Clare College Cambridge; he never trained formally as a conductor, but was mentored by Simon Rattle and the late Colin Davis. In 2005 he founded the Aurora chamber ensemble, and later that same year became the youngest conductor ever to appear at La Scala when he stepped in for Riccardo Muti. His first major post was as chief conductor of the Gävle Symphony Orchestra in Sweden (a position which he held from 2006 to 2009), and in 2008 he was announced as principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with whom he made well-regarded recordings of Brahms, Haydn, Schumann and Berlioz on Linn Records. Other posts include music director at the Glyndebourne Festival (which he took up in 2014), Principal Guest Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (2010-2013), and principal conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (with effect from the 2017-18 season).
Aside from his recordings with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ticciati’s discography includes Brahms choral works and Haydn Variations, Bruckner’s Mass No. 3 and Dvořák’s New World Symphony with Bamberg, Der Rosenkavalier, La clemenza di Tito, Le nozze di Figaro and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (all on DVD and Blu-ray) from Glyndebourne, and Debussy’s La mer and Ariettes oubliées (in a new orchestration by Brett Dean) with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Magdalena Kožená.
Further Reading: Robin Ticciati
The conductor talks to Katherine about his final recording as Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, out this Friday on Linn Records.
James listens to Robin Ticciati's new disc of Haydn symphonies with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.