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Bojan Čičić

Strings, Violin

Croatian-born violinist Bojan Čičić specialises in repertoire ranging from the late 16th century to the Romantic violin concertos of Mendelssohn and Beethoven.

He is the leader of the Academy of Ancient Music and the ensemble Florilegium and is frequently invited to lead orchestras such as the Orchestra of the 18th-century, Concerto Copenhagen, or the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

His recording of J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins with Rachel Podger was named the best available recording of the work by BBC Music Magazine.

He has been invited as a music director and a soloist with the Academy of Ancient Music, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort and Phion Orchestra in the Netherlands.

Bojan formed his own group, the Illyria Consort, to explore rare repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. Their debut recording of Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli’s Sonate da camera Nos. 1-6 achieved great critical acclaim and was chosen as one of Presto Classical’s “Presto Recordings of the Year” for 2017. Their most recent release Adriatic Voyage also won Presto Recording of the Year Award in 2021.

2022 will see a release of three recordings he did with Illyria Consort, or on his own; a first complete recording of JJ Walther: Scherzi da violino solo, followed by JS Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for unaccompanied violin later in the year, and finally an album of Christmas instrumental music titled La Notte.

In 2016 Bojan was appointed Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music, and is passionate about training the next generation of instrumentalists in historically-informed playing styles.