The early music group announces long-time principal player Bojan Čičić as leader of the orchestra

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The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has appointed Bojan Čičić as leader. The violin and viola d’amore specialist, also professor of Baroque violin at the Royal College of Music, has been principal player for the orchestra for five years.

‘Over the past five years in which I have worked as a principal player, the orchestra has become very much like a family,’ Čičić said. ‘I believe we have formed friendships that will last a lifetime.’

‘Filling the space left by Pavlo Besnosiuk’s superb leadership will be a significant undertaking, but I look forward to giving my utmost to continue making the best possible music for AAM’s global audience.’

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‘I’ve known Bojan for many years, both as a member of the orchestra and one of its principals,’ commented AAM music director Richard Egarr.

‘I am completely thrilled and overjoyed that he will become our new Leader. Bojan is an amazing, consummate violinist both as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, and I couldn’t be happier with the opportunity to interact with him in the coming years.’