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Robin Ticciati has extended his contract as Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for a further three years until 2015. Ticciati, who opened the Orchestra’s 2010/11 Season earlier this month with concert performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, took up the post of Principal Conductor in September 2009 for an initial three-year period. Roy McEwan, Managing Director of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, commented: “The enthusiasm from both Robin and the SCO to extend the relationship and plan further into the future is a loud and clear signal of how successful our partnership has been in its first year. We are all now in a position to look forward over the next five years and plan international work, recordings and plenty of great music-making together. This is a wonderful time for the SCO.”
Robin Ticciati said: “This Orchestra has, in a very short space of time, become my musical family and I have so much excitement as to where we can go together. I would have considered it a failure if this collaboration were not to have been extended. Today, there is a fascination with celebrity culture and a huge emphasis is put on 'hype' and a reliance on instant gratification of the senses. This can often compromise the artistic ideals of a group of musicians: I believe that real and honest work can only take place over a period of years, not weeks. Edinburgh, Glasgow and the audiences further from home who support the Orchestra have welcomed me with such warmth, I'm looking forward to giving them our music in return.”