Robin Ticciati Appointed Honorary Professor at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin

Robin Ticciati © Marco Borggreve

The British conductor Robin Ticciati has been appointed honorary professor in the vocal department at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin, starting with the 2020/21 winter semester. The School will present him with the certificate of this honorary professorship during the premiere of William Walton’s one-act opera “The Bear” on March 3, 2021, a joint project with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO).

“Not only are the students at Hanns Eisler filled with an insatiable appetite to explore and develop their artistic personalities, they also represent what is bright for the future of classical music. I am thrilled to begin this significant relationship with the music school, nurturing the talents of these young musicians and connecting them with the players of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester.”

The chief conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin will make a significant contribution to the training of vocalists through his activities at the Hanns Eisler School. At the suggestion of the department of vocal performance, musical theatre and stage direction, the School’s Academic Senate decided in June to appoint him as an honorary professor during the 2020/21 winter semester.

“For our singers at the Eisler, it will be an invaluable experience to work with Robin Ticciati during their studies. The DSO’s chief conductor and music director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera will bring youthful freshness and new impulses to our institution,” Sarah Wedl-Wilson, the Hanns Eisler School’s rector, said.

Robin Ticciati has been chief conductor and artistic director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin since the beginning of the 2017/18 season. During the summer of 2020, he extended his contract for another five years, through 2027. Since 2014 he has been music director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera; from 2009 to 2018 he was chief conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. During recent years, he has conducted the Vienna Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic, among others. He has appeared at La Scala Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London and at the Salzburg Festival. In 2014 the Royal Academy of Music in London appointed him its Sir Colin Davis Fellow of Conducting; in 2019 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Numerous CD recordings featuring Ticciati and the DSO have been released by Linn Records, including works by Bruckner, Debussy, Duparc, Fauré and Duruflé. Their most recent release is a disc featuring compositions by Richard Strauss.