Robin Ticciati to be Music Director from January 2014

Robin Ticciati, photo: Chris Christoforou

Glyndebourne announces the appointment of Robin Ticciati as Festival Music Director from January 2014.

When Robin Ticciati takes up his new position in 2014 it will mark the 80th anniversary of the Festival and the 10th anniversary of Robin’s professional operatic debut, made at Glyndebourne in 2004.   

Robin is only the seventh Music Director in Glyndebourne’s 77 year history, following on from Fritz Busch, Vittorio Gui, John Pritchard, Bernard Haitink, Andrew Davis and Vladimir Jurowski (2001 – 2013).

Robin is one of a long list of illustrious conductors and singers who started their careers at Glyndebourne, attracted by its generous rehearsal conditions and the supportive environment in which artists can grow and develop.  

Robin’s first professional operatic engagement, as Assistant Conductor for performances of Die Zauberflöte for Glyndebourne on Tour (GOT) in 2004, immediately led to further invitations to conduct for both Glyndebourne on Tour and the Glyndebourne Festival (GFO). 

Since 2004, Robin’s collaboration with Glyndebourne has included four productions for GOT (Music Director of GOT from 2007 – 2009) and four productions for GFO, including performances of Hänsel und Gretel, Macbeth, Die Fledermaus and Don Giovanni in this year’s Festival.

Robin will return to Glyndebourne in 2012 to conduct Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in a new production for the Festival directed by Michael Grandage.

David Pickard, General Director of Glyndebourne said: “I am delighted that Robin has accepted our invitation to become Glyndebourne’s Music Director from 2014. I can think of nobody more appropriate to continue Glyndebourne’s long tradition of artistic excellence and innovation. 

None of us will forget the excitement when, as a 21 year old assistant conductor on Die Zauberflöte in 2004, Robin Ticciati stood in the pit at Glyndebourne for the first time and conducted the overture. Those who were present at this rehearsal were in no doubt of his exceptional talent. Over the past seven years, we have been privileged to enjoy many thrilling performances from Robin, both as Music Director of Glyndebourne on Tour, and as a regular conductor at the Glyndebourne Festival.”

Robin Ticciati said: “I am honoured to have been offered this wonderful opportunity and I look forward to Glyndebourne becoming my operatic home. From my very first experience of Glyndebourne, I was overwhelmed with the unrivalled opportunities that the environment offered.  Creating opera with such talented artistic teams and world-class musicians in an organisation that places great emphasis on detailed musical preparation is a genuine privilege.”

Vladimir Jurowski, Glyndebourne Music Director said: “I am relishing my time at Glyndebourne as Music Director (2000 – 2013) and am very proud of the body of artistic work that we have produced together to date. The unparalleled rehearsal opportunities and detailed preparation dedicated to every aspect of the organisation has allowed me to realise many of my artistic dreams.  I am delighted that in 2014 the enormously talented conductor Robin Ticciati will take over this role. I have every confidence that he will cherish, as I have, the opportunity to create opera in the unique environment that Glyndebourne provides.”

Robin Ticciati biography

Robin Ticciati is Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Bamberger Symphoniker. Highlights among his future guest appearances include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala Milan, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras.  He balances orchestral engagements with extensive work in the opera house: this year alone sees him conduct Don Giovanni in Glyndebourne, Le nozze di Figaro at the Salzburg Festival, and Hansel and Gretel in his debut at the Metropolitan Opera. Future plans include Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera House, Peter Grimes in his opera debut at La Scala Milan and Don Giovanni in Zürich. 

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Robin comes from a remarkable family, brought up in London. His elder brother is Hugo, a brilliant violinist.

Bravo! You have made an excellent choice. I met him at the bar after Saturday's Don Giovanni. We worked out that I joined the waiting list for Membership when he was about 7! We both found that amusing.

Robin went up to Clare College, Cambridge, to read Music. Whilst there, he founded the Aurora Orchestra.

I spoke to an usher a couple of weeks ago who told me Vladimir Jurowski would step down in 2013. 'Presumably to be succeeded by Robin Ticciati?' I responded. No brainer really. I am really looking forward to his tenure of the post.

We are absolutely delighted and send Robin our warmest congratulations.

Good news about the next Music Director. V impressed with his conducting at the Hansel & Gretel production.
But your biography doesn't say anything about his life ie where was he born, educated, music academy, age,married, children etc. These - details give a fuller picture.

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