Biographies

Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne Productions Ltd

Gus Christie, grandson of Festival founder John Christie and Audrey Mildmay, became Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne Productions in 2000, taking over from his father George Christie.

He graduated from King’s College, London with a degree in zoology. He worked in various theatres including The Tricycle Company, National Theatre London, Batignano Festival and Robert Fox Associates (1987) before working as an assistant editor and cameraman for Partridge Films from 1989 to 1991. He became a freelance cameraman from 1991 and his documentaries included A Puffin’s Tale, (1991); A New Fox in Town (1993); The Lion’s Share (1994); Hugo’s Diary (1995); Red Monkeys of Zanzibar (1996); The Battle of the Sexes, The Tale of Two Families (1998); Buffalo, The African Boss (1999).

David Pickard, General Director

David Pickard was born in London in 1960. After studying music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, he worked as Company Manager of the Royal Opera Company from 1982 to 1987 where he toured with the Royal Opera to Los Angeles, Athens and the Far East.

Since then he has held a number of senior posts in the arts including Administrator of the New Shakespeare Company (1987-89), Managing Director of Kent Opera (1989-90), Assistant Director of the 1991 Japan Festival (1990-91) and Artistic Administrator of the European Arts Festival (1991-92). He was Chief Executive of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment from 1993 until 2001, and during this time the Orchestra greatly expanded its work both in the UK and abroad, doubling the number of concerts each year. The Orchestra has been highly praised for the breadth of its work, its high artistic standards, and the quality and imagination of its education programme. In 2001, he was appointed General Director of Glyndebourne.

Robin Ticciati, Musical Director

Robin Ticciati began his tenure as Music Director of Glyndebourne in 2014, becoming only the seventh conductor to hold this post in the festival’s 77 year history, following on from Fritz Busch, Vittorio Gui, John Pritchard, Bernard Haitink, Andrew Davis and Vladimir Jurowski.

His association with Glyndebourne began in 2004 as Assistant Conductor for performances of Die Zauberflöte for Glyndebourne on Tour, aged just 21 years old. Since then Robin’s collaboration with Glyndebourne has included four productions for Glyndebourne on Tour and four productions for Glyndebourne Festival, including performances of Hänsel und Gretel, Macbeth, Jenufa, Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni, and most recently Le Nozze di Figaro.

Robin balances orchestral engagements with extensive work in the opera house. Recent projects included new productions of Peter Grimes at la Scala Milan, Nozze di Figaro at the Salzburg Festival and Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera House, and a Metropolitan Opera debut with Hänsel und Gretel which led to an immediate re-invitation. His discography includes two Berlioz discs with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on Linn Records (Symphonie Fantastique – Les Nuits d’Été; La Mort de Cléopâtre, Roméo et Juliette) which both received unanimous critical acclaim, as well as two Brahms discs with the Bamberger Symphoniker for Tudor Records one of which attracted Germany’s prestigious Echo Klassik award.

In April 2014 Robin was appointed as ‘Sir Colin Davis Fellow of Conducting’ at the Royal Academy of Music. In this role, he will work with Academy instrumentalists and with singers on Royal Academy Opera.

Born in London, Robin Ticciati is a violinist, pianist and percussionist by training. He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain when he turned to conducting, aged 15, under the guidance of Sir Colin Davis and Sir Simon Rattle.