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Robin Ticciati, an English conductor of Italian origin, has now been at the head of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin for a year, after having also been appointed Music Director of the famous Glyndebourne Festival. His skilful and enthusiastic conducting will be shown off to its best in Lugano with Beethoven's celebrated Violin Concerto, played by Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang. This former pupil of Anne-Sophie Mutter is the winner of many prestigious prizes, not least the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2012. The rest of the programme will be devoted to Sergei Rachmaninoff's majestic Second Symphony, one of the most lavish and fascinating scores ever composed by the great Russian composer.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major, op. 61
Symphony n. 2 in E minor, op. 27
Since it was founded in 1946, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin has become recognised far beyond Germany – namely around the world. Famous music directors shaped the first seven decades of its history: Ferenc Fricsay, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kent Nagano, Ingo Metzmacher and Tugan Sokhiev. The long association with top-class guest conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, Ton Koopman, Sir Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo, Leonard Slatkin and David Zinman contributes to the orchestra’s reputation, as does regular collaboration with Kent Nagano, now honorary conductor, and the other former music directors.
An “orchestral think tank” is how the Süddeutsche Zeitung once distinguished the DSO among the capital city’s orchestras, alluding to the rich dramaturgy of the concert programmes, the commitment to contemporary music and constant repertoire discoveries – and to the courage to offer unusual forms of music appreciation that continues to characterise the orchestra through the present day.
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.
Ticciati has been the Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 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 35-year old Briton with Italian roots has in the recent past conducted such renowned orchestras as the Vienna Symphony, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France and the Czech Philharmonic.
Tours with the SCO have led Robin Ticciati through Europe and to Asia, as well as to the Edinburgh International Festival. 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.
Born in Norway, Vilde Frang was engaged by Mariss Jansons at the age of twelve to debut with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. She studied at Barratt Due Musikkinstitutt in Oslo, with Kolja Blacher at Musikhochschule Hamburg and Ana Chumachenco at the Kronberg Academy. She has also worked with Mitsuko Uchida as a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship winner 2007, and was a scholarship-holder 2003-2009 in the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.
Frang’s profound musicianship and exceptional lyricism has elevated her as one of the leading and most individual young artists.
In 2012 she was unanimously awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artists Award which led to her debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival.
Regularly appearing with the world’s leading orchestras, in 2016 Vilde made her acclaimed debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle as part of their Europa Konzert and retuned during the 17-18 season for her subscription concerts at the Philharmonie and at the Baden Baden Easter Festival with Ivan Fischer. Other recent highlights have included performances with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and Orchestra Mozart.
The 2018-19 season will include two extensive European tours with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin with Robin Ticciati and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg with Gustavo Gimeno.