Wimbledon International Music Festival 2019

Hugo Ticciati - Artist in Residence

“One of the most gifted young artistic directors that I have encountered. His interweaving of themes results in the most unexpected and joyful musical experience. It’s sheer pleasure to sit through a concert put together by Hugo”

John Gilhooly, Director Wigmore Hall

I am particularly pleased to welcome violinist, composer, and Festival Director Hugo Ticciati as this year’s Wimbledon Festival Artist in Residence. I had the great pleasure of attending Hugo’s annual festival in Stockholm a couple of years ago and it left a lasting impression on me because of the freshness, imagination, and daring of his programming. That is why I have scheduled two of the programmes I so enjoyed on that visit, and another from the weekend he curated at the Wigmore Hall last year.

Method in Madness

‘Method in Madness’ Nov 14 has the startling idea of juxtaposing the operatic madness of Vivaldi’s mad characters where the fiery Red Priest comes face to face with the white heat of Finnish folk and rock music. Crazy and wonderful. Luciana Mancini’s dramatic and mesmerizing mezzo soprano made a big impression on me, reinforced recently with standing ovations at the Wigmore Hall.

“He’ll have the maddest ideas, and do everything in his power to make them happen. He’s a fascinating programmer... You would almost think he was a composer when you look at his programmes!”

Alasdair Nicolson, Composer and Artistic Director St Magnus International Festival

Hugo’s festival is called ‘O/Modernt’, Swedish for ‘Un/Modern’, and celebrates this ‘looking back’ by exploring the relationships between the work of old composers and the artistic and intellectual creations of modern culture.

As violinist and director Hugo imbibes all possible forms of creativity, whether it be performing premieres in Carnegie Hall, improvising with monks in India, or devising innovative programmes for O/Modernt. Hugo is a violinist with a holistic approach to his work, incorporating aspects of literature, philosophy, dance, spirituality and meditation. Alongside his passion to discover and learn from music of all ages and traditions, Hugo embraces the world of contemporary music, performing works written for him in halls such as Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus and Shanghai Oriental Arts Theatre.

Over thirty works have been written for Hugo by composers such as Erkki-Sven Tüür, Peteris Vasks, Sven-David Sandström, Albert Schnelzer, Judith Weir and Tobias Broström.

“Hugo has a rare ability to convey a profound understanding of the music and shed light on its spiritual intent”

Arvo Pärt

He is also regularly asked to devise and present concerts with a unique twist, collaborating with ensembles such as Basel Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and his own O/Modernt Orchestra. In 2018 Hugo was artist-inresidence at Kings Place and from 2019 has been appointed principal conductor of the Orchestra da Camera di Perugia Hugo founded and directs Festival O/Modernt at Ulriksdal Palace Theatre Confidencen, Stockholm. Every June, the oldest rococo theatre in Sweden houses a series of unique musical encounters that release the listener from their conventional box of habit.

“Violinist Hugo Ticciati is so full of music and expressive power that he makes everything vibrate with excitement”

Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

With a passion for chamber music, Hugo gives regular recitals in prestigious festivals (Kuhmo, Edinburgh, Gstaad, St-Denis, Baltic Sea) and halls across Europe and the Far East, collaborating with artists such as Evelyn Glennie, Anne Sofie von Otter, Steven Isserlis, Angela Hewitt and Olli Mustonen. He plays on a 1751 G.B. Guadagnini. Hugo regularly gives masterclasses and seminars on violin teaching, and lectures on music-related subjects all over the world. One of the highlights of the past year was a two-week stay in an ashram at the foot of the Himalayas where he chanted every morning, meditated and swept the floors by day and in the evenings sat crossed-legged by a fire, playing Bach to a group of barefooted monks. His musical tastes swing from contemplative Indian ragas to the megalomaniac rock-band, Muse (played at high volumes), to the songs of Richard Strauss (played even louder). Hugo still lives in the blissful state of mobilephonelessness. His staple reading is the Bhagavad Gita but he has recently been captivated by the work of the French philosopher, Henri Bergson.

“It is very clear that Ticciati is one of tomorrow’s truly great musicians”

Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin

Anthony Wilkinson

Festival Director

WIMF 2019