Hugo Ticciati, Violine

Hugo Ticciati is a violinist with a uniquely intellectual approach to his work, incorporating aspects of literature, philosophy, spirituality and meditation. He embraces the world of contemporary music, collaborating with composers such as Sven-David Sandström, Albert Schnelzer, Anders Hillborg, Djuro Zivkovic, Leonardo Coral, Andrea Tarrodi, Tobias Broström, Thomas Jennefelt, Sergey N. Evtushenko, Esaias Järnegard, Wijnand van Klaveren. In the coming seasons he will be performing world premières of concertos dedicated to him in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Hugo also loves devising concerts and events that combine music with dance, literature and more obscure arts such as kinetic painting and rock balancing.

Last season’s highlights included concertos by Bach, Mozart, Prokofiev, Schnittke,
Hartmann, Shchedrin, Piazzolla, Auerbach, Glass, Lutosławski, Takemitsu and world
premieres of concertos by Tobias Broström, Sergey N. Evtushenko and Albert
Schnelzer in venues including Carnegie Hall, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall,
Chicago Symphony Hall and King’s Place. He also curated a series of concerts
at the Wigmore Hall and the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam.

Hugo has a passion for chamber music and gives regular recitals in prestigious halls across Europe and the Far East, collaborating with artists such as Anne Sofie von Otter, Steven Isserlis, Angela Hewitt, Olli Mustonen, Evelyn Glennie, Michael Collins, Torleif Thedéen, Nils Landgren, Philippe Graffin, Christian Poltéra. He is also regularly invited to renowned music festivals such as Kuhmo, The Baltic Sea Festival, St-Denis-Festival, Cervantino, Edinburgh Festival, St Magnus Festival, Gstaad, Hermitage Music Festival, Gotland Chamber Music Festival. Hugo is the artistic director of his own festival O/MODƏRNT at Ulrikdal’s Palace Theatre Confidencen, Stockholm, and a string festival in Kazan, Russia. Hugo directs the O/MODƏRNT chamber orchestra, which is the resident orchestra at Musikaliska Stockholm. Last season, the orchestra made its debut in London at King’s Place. This season it will perform in Berlin’s Konzerthaus, tour the Netherlands and Thailand and return to King’s Place for a series of concerts.

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. Hugo plays on a 1751 G.B. Guadagnini.