Robin Ticciati begins his Music Directorship with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Next week, Robin Ticciati will begin his five-year Music Directorship of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

For his opening concert on 26 September, Robin will conduct the DSO Berlin in a performance of rarely performed Jean-Féry Rebel’s Les Éléments, before giving Thomas Larcher’s Symphony No. 2, Kenotaph, its German premiere. The evening concludes with Strauss’ radiant tone poem, Also sprach Zarathustra.

To conclude Robin’s opening week, he will conduct a concert in Kraftwerk on 29 September, a venue in Berlin. Organised in collaboration with Berlin Atonal Festival, the concert — Parallax — will feature works by Debussy, Ligeti and Ives, among others. The evening will conclude with electro-acoustic live sets.

Prior to the concert in Berlin’s Philharmonie, Robin will lead a concert — entitled Symphonic Mob — with members of the orchestra and music enthusiasts, at the Mall of Berlin. Berlin’s ‘largest spontaneous orchestra’ will meet for a brief rehearsal before performing a selection of well-known pieces, such as Grieg’s Morning from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1.

In his second week, Robin is joined by violinist Alina Ibragimova who — for her first time — will perform Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto, a work described by The Guardian as “hyper expressive” and Forbes as “a lyrical tour-de-force”.

To coincide with the debut, Robin and the DSO Berlin have recorded their debut CD — Debussy: La mer & Ariettes oubliees — together, with The Guardian commenting on how “Ticciati harnesses the depth and drive of [the DSOB’s] energy and adds some gorgeously febrile stuff.”

Highlights of Robin’s 2017/18 season with the DSO Berlin include a semi-staged performance of Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ (directed by Fiona Shaw) and a German tour in February 2018.

Watch this video to hear Robin give his thoughts about starting his tenure!

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