British conductor quits Berlin

British conductor quits Berlin


norman lebrecht

April 01, 2023

It was confirmed today that Robin Ticciati will be leaving the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin two years earlier than planned in summer 2025. They will have enjoyed eight mutually formative years.

Ticciati, 40 this month, has also been music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera since 2014.

Berlin report here.


  • Bone says:

    Was there trouble? I’m not really familiar with him outside of the excellent Brahms set he made with SCO.

  • Jan Piet says:

    Thank god!!!

  • TruthHurts says:

    Hopefully he will be replaced by a female. And his Glyndebourne position should be rescinded and given to a woman as well. Justice at last?!

  • MMcGrath says:

    At 40, eight years is a loooong time in Berlin. On to new focus and pastures.

  • Ellie says:

    Haha, NL calling Ticciati ‘British conductor’ is such a put down. Love it.

    Though, I also think Ticciati is a musical genius, curious what he’ll be up to next?

    • Ari says:

      Musical genius ! I don’t know if to laugh or cry from such a comment !!!
      Or you are playing the opposite game? Then it would make sense..

  • Jobim75 says:

    Dear slipperdisc fellow readers, try to watch his interesting Alpine symphony documentary, well the alpinist who co stars is certainly more charismatic than Ticciati and Karajan has been much bolder in his scenic orchestral arrangements in the 70s, but at least, he tried something…. Fascinating generation of gifted conductors, but forgettable and interchangeable ….

    • Peter San Diego says:

      Fascinating, forgettable and interchangeable all at once??

      • Jobim75 says:

        Fascinating how good technician they are but how their print is light. Maybe a question of general culture, not enough reading or listening to other conductor…When i go to a concert, i hardly never think that only this specific conductor could have achieved this interpretation …. maybe the orchestras got better technically and loose their sonic identity and personality ( Czech philarmonic…). Rare are the conductors taking risks and this contagious Mahler disease ( he s the new Beethoven in the concert hall…) makes them interchangeable….i don’t know, just trying to find out why listening to a good cd is more exciting than going to concert…

        • Barry Guerrero says:

          Because you can pause, go to the restroom, and swing by the kitchen on the way back. You also don’t have to drive, pay for parking, or sit next to annoying people who talk during the music, and then decide to eat a sandwich. You can also listen to the best orchestras and best musicians at a touch of finger. What’s not to love?

    • God gives differently to all says:

      Ticciati is 40. I thought, hmm, pretty good for his age! Then I remembered that Sokhiev and Yamada are 45 and 44 respectively. You could count Nelsons too, 44. Oh well, guess not everybody is destined for greatness…

  • Guy says:

    So happy for dso …saw him in Zürich took my glasses off cause I couldn’t stand watching him