Robin Ticciati (Clare 2001), born 16 April 1983, is one of the leading conductors of his generation.
From a musical family, he began conducting at school. While playing in the National Youth Orchestra, he first came to the attention of his mentor, Sir Simon Rattle.
Despite no formal training, Ticciati ended up conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, Sydney Opera Chorus and eight world-class soloists in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony.
He has also worked with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Staatskapelle Dresden, Leipzig Gewandhaus and at the Royal Opera House. He is the youngest conductor to grace La Scala, Milan, and the prestigious Salzburg Festival. He was recently music director of Glyndebourne on Tour.
In 2002 he was awarded the Arthur Belgin Medal for Most Outstanding Musician of the Year. In 2005 he founded the chamber ensemble Aurora (with fellow Clare alumnus Nicholas Collon), and the following year became artistic advisor and chief conductor of the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Sweden. In 2008 he was named Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and, the following year, Principal Guest Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony.