Ruggiero Ricci


August 14, 2022

Ruggiero Ricci (July 24, 1918 in San Bruno, San Francisco Bay Area – August 6, 2012 in Palm Springs) was an Italian-American violin virtuoso who was hailed as the "Paganini of the 20th century" after Niccolò Paganini.

His life

He was born in San Bruno, San Francisco Bay, as the sixth child of an Italian family that had emigrated to America and produced musicians for generations. As a child prodigy, at the age of 10, in San Francisco, he introduced himself to the public with Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's Concerto for violin and orchestra. His first teachers were L. Persinger and Georg Kulenkampff. His fast-rising career continued in 1929 at New York's Carnegie Hall, and then at all major music venues in the United States and Europe. In 1934, he returned home after his debut tour in London, Vienna, Florence and Berlin. In the Second World War, he joined the US Army, but even there he mainly served America with his art. From 1946, he returned to concert performances, charming the whole world mainly with his unsurpassed interpretation of Paganini's works. His virtuoso talents were combined with his unusual technique. From 1970, he held master classes in his incredible sparkling playing all over the world. He later taught at Indiana University and then at the Juilliard School in New York. Between 1989 and 2002, he was a visiting professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. In the spring of 1984, he gave several concerts in the Great Hall of the Budapest Academy of Music, partly interpreting solo works and partly chamber pieces, with the participation of Ferenc Rados. Then Ricci, encouraged by the mature and perfectionist playing of his chamber mate, asked Rados to be his permanent accompanist, but the Hungarian pianist refused. The reason behind this was, presumably, not the underestimation of Ricci's knowledge, but rather the fact that Rados would not have sacrificed his permanent students at home, even out of a sense of professionalism, for the sake of an international concert career. April 16-20, 1988. between 1910 and 1900, he recorded Niccolò Paganini's 24 capriccios with his instrument called il Cannone (the Cannon) made by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù. He died at his home in Palm Springs in 2012 at the age of 94.

Hungarian students

Vilmos Szabadi (1983–85) Ágnes Soltész (1993–95) Márta Ábrahám (1996–98) Béla Horváth Jr. (2003–2005) Attila Csányi (1998-2002)

External links

Its official website All recordings - at the age of 12 - Florence Maggio Musicale, 1985


Boris Schwarz, Ruggiero Ricci, in Great Masters of the Violin: From Corelli and Vivaldi to Stern, Zukerman and Perlman, London, Robert Hale, 1983, 533-537. She. (in English) Ruggiero Ricci, Left Hand Technique, New York, G. Schirmer, 1988 (English) Henry Roth, Ruggiero Ricci, in Violin Virtuosos, From Paganini to the 21st Century, Los Angeles, California Classics Books, 1997, 168-173. She. (in English) Ruggiero Ricci, Lettera ai giovani violinisti, in Philippe Borer (a cura di), La pagina e l'archetto: Bibliografia violinistica storico-tecnica e studi effettutati su Niccolò Paganini, Genova, Comune di Genova, 2003, 11-14. She. (in Italian) Ruggiero Ricci-Gregory H. Zayia (ed.), Ricci on Glissando: The Shortcut to Violin Technique, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2007 (in English) Jean-Michel Molkhou, Ruggiero Ricci, in Les grands violonistes du XXe siècle. Tome 1- De Kreisler à Kremer, 1875-1947, Paris, Buchet Chastel, 2011, 191-195. She. (in French) Paolo Cecchinelli, Ruggiero Ricci in memoriam, in «A tutto arco» (rivista ufficiale di ESTA Italia-European String Teachers Association), anno VI, numero 10, 2012, 8-17. She. (in Italian)


This article is based in part or on a translation of this version of the Italian Wikipedia article Ruggiro Ricci. The editors of the original article are listed in its newspaper history