Hugo Ticciati – Violin

Born in London in 1980, Hugo was surrounded by music from a very early age and has very fond memories of playing string quintets with his parents, sister and brother. He made his debut at the age of twelve at the Edinburgh Festival. He studied in London, at the University of Toronto and with Russian violinists Nina and Oleg Balabina in Sweden where he now lives. He feels particularly at home in the world of contemporary music, collaborating with composers and performing concertos written for him. Before a recent concert he told the audience, ‘Some of this you may like, some of it you may not. I encourage you to approach all the sounds with an open heart and mind.’ Playful reinvention of the past lies at the heart of the festival he founded in Sweden in 2011, Festival O/MODERNT (‘Un/modern’). His fellow artistic director Alasdair Nicholson remarks: ‘He’ll have the maddest ideas, but not just have them, do everything in his power to make them happen’ Hugo regularly gives masterclasses and seminars in which he explores ways to apply the physical and spiritual aspects of meditation to the art of practising, playing and living in music. His two ‘gurus’, he says, are his teacher Nina Balabina and Mahatma Gandhi. He plays a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (Milano 1752).