Robin Ticciati is a British conductor, violinist, pianist, and percussionist of Italian descent, born in London in 1983. A self-taught conductor since age 15, Ticciati alternated as a violinist and timpanist with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, where he was discovered by Simon Rattle. Ticciati regards both Rattle and Colin Davis as important mentors.
Ticciati's rise to international prominence was fast, and critics were impressed by his quick mastery of symphonic and operatic repertoire. After forming the chamber ensemble Aurora in 2005, he became the chief conductor and artistic advisor of the Gävle Symphony Orchestra in Sweden, which he led until 2009. From 2007 to 2009, he also conducted Glyndebourne on Tour. In 2011, Ticciati was named music director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Starting in 2008, Ticciati developed a close working relationship with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, where his contract was extended to 2015. He concurrently directed the Bamberg Symphony, commencing with the 2010-2011 season.
Because of his youth, charisma, and mane of dark, curly hair, Ticciati has frequently been compared to his contemporary, Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Yet while Dudamel is noted for his high energy and feats of physical endurance, Ticciati prefers a low-key approach. He chooses to conduct mostly late-Romantic repertoire, and he has shown a preference for the works of Bruckner, Elgar, Brahms, and Dvorák. Though he has previously recorded for Tudor Records, his 2012 SACD of Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra was his first on Linn Records, followed in succeeding years by more recordings of works by Berlioz, Debussy, Fauré, Ravel, and Duparc, as well as symphonies by Haydn and Brahms.