Soloists » Hugo Ticciati, violin

Hugo TicciatiHugo has a rare ability to convey a profound understanding of the music and shed light on its spiritual intent
—Arvo Pärt

Since his debut at the age of twelve in the Edinburgh Festival and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hugo Ticciati has performed concertos with orchestras in England, Sweden, Romania, Slovakia, Estonia, Brazil, Russia, the Far East and the USA. This season’s highlights include concertos by Hartmann, Shchedrin, Piazzolla, Auerbach, Schnittke, Glass, Lutoslawski, Takemitsu and worlds premieres of concertos by Albert Schnelzer, Tobias Broström and Sergey Yevtushenko at The Baltic Sea Festival (Sweden), The Hermitage Music Festival (St Petersburg) and in the Cadogan Hall (London), Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall and Strathmore Centre, Washington DC. Hugo gives regular recitals in prestigious halls across Europe and the Far East with pianists such as Leslie Howard, Staffan Scheja, Svetlana Navarssadian, Sophia Rahman, Michael Tsalka and Henrik Måwe. He is also regularly invited to renowned music festivals such as the St-Denis-Festival in Paris, the Cervantino in Mexico and the Gotland Chamber Music Festival in Sweden. Hugo is the artistic director of the music festival O/MODƏRNT at Ulrikdals Palace Theatre Confidencen, Stockholm and has been asked to found and direct a festival in Kazan, Russia.

Hugo embraces the world of contemporary music, collaborating with composers such as Albert Schnelzer, Anders Hillborg, Djuro Zivkovic, Leonardo Coral, Andrea Tarrodi, Tobias Broström, Thomas Jennefelt, Sergey Yevtushenko and Esaias Järnegard. Hugo also loves devising concerts and events that combine music with the other arts, notably dance and literature. He is currently working with the English composer Bill Connor on “An Improvised Violin Concerto.”

Hugo regularly gives masterclasses and seminars on violin teaching, and lectures on music-related subjects all over the world. In autumn 2008, he was invited to the post of guest violin teacher and lecturer in music history at a newly-started university in New York. At the heart of Hugo’s teaching is the exploration of ways to apply the physical and spiritual aspects of meditation to the art of practising, playing and living in music. He is currently working on a series of articles with Simone Kotva which explore music-making and repetition through the lens of various strands of Continental Philosophy.

Hugo began his violin studies in London before going to the University of Toronto. He continued his studies with the Russian violinists, Nina and Oleg Balabina in Sweden, where he has now settled as a Swedish citizen. Together with many scholarships Hugo has won the international competitions Giovani Talenti and Rovere d’Oro at San Bartolomeo al Mare, Italy (2002), and the Mendelssohn Cup in Bari, Italy (2004). In 2007 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music in the United Kingdom.

We sat transfixed by the classical elegance and virtuosity of Hugo Ticciati … it was a crafted programme of impeccable and compelling performance

—Oamaru Times, New Zealand