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RUGGIERO RICCI

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Description: Violinist, USA

Known For: Known for performances and recordings of the works of Paganini.

Instruments: Violin

Music Styles: Clasical

Location: CA, United States of America

Date Born: 24th July 1918
Location Born: San Bruno, California, United States of America

Date Died: 6th August 2012
Location Died: Palm Springs, California, United States of America

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Web Site: Ruggiero Ricci – Official Site

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Ruggiero Ricci

He was born in San Bruno, California, the son of Italian immigrants who first named him Woodrow Wilson Rich. His brother was cellist George Ricci, originally named George Washington Rich (1923–2010).

His sister Emma played violin with the New York Metropolitan Opera. His father first taught him to play the violin. At age seven, Ricci studied with Louis Persinger and Elizabeth Lackey. Persinger would become his piano accompanist for many recitals and recordings.

Ricci gave his first public performance in 1928 at the age of 10 in San Francisco where he played works by Wieniawski and Vieuxtemps. He gained a reputation for being a child prodigy.

At the age of 11, he gave his first orchestral performance, playing the Mendelssohn concerto, and soon after he had his highly successful debut at Carnegie Hall.

In the 1930s Ricci studied in Berlin with Georg Kulenkampff, where he learned a “German style” of playing in the tradition of Adolf Busch. He also studied with Michel Piastro and Paul Stassevich.

He served in the US Army from 1942 until 1945, where he was an “Entertainment Specialist”.

In 1947, Ricci was the first violinist to record the complete 24 Caprices, Op. 1, by Paganini, in their original form. Ricci’s first recording was on the Shellac recording label (he later made three other recordings of the Caprices).

After his time in the military, he uncovered many pieces by 19th-century composers that he would perform solo. He also performed the world premieres of pieces by many contemporary composers, including the violin concertos by Gottfried von Einem and Alberto Ginastera.

Aside from performing over 6,000 concerts in 65 countries during his 70-year solo career, Ricci also made over 500 recordings, on every major label. He taught violin at Indiana University, the Juilliard School and the University of Michigan. He also taught at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Ricci held master classes in the United States and Europe. He wrote Left Hand Technique, a pedagogical volume for violin published by G. Schirmer.

Ricci owned many precious instruments, including the Guarneri Del Gesù violin known as the ex-Bronisław Huberman of 1734, a fine Storioni, a Luiz Bellini, a Curtin & Alf, a David Bague and a couple of Regazzi. He played his fourth recording of the Paganini Caprices on Paganini’s own Guarneri, Il Cannone, on loan to him by the City of Genoa, Italy.

On August 6, 2012, Ruggiero Ricci died of heart failure at his home in Palm Springs, California, aged 94.

Der 11 jährige Wundergeiger Ruggiero Ricci, spielt zum erstenmal vor einem grossen Publikum in der Philharmonie in Berlin ! Der deutsche Dichter Gerhard Hauptmann und Gattin mit dem kleinen Wundergeiger.

Above: Ruggiero Ricci 1961 dedicated photo from first of three acclaimed tours of Southern Africa, organised by Hans Adler

Discography

Recordings are listed below by composer. Or, you may choose to download the Word file to your computer (ricci-disc-comp.doc)

The discography is also available with recordings organized by Record Label.

Multiple listings of the same work represent recordings of different performances and/or masters.

“Historic”
The young Ricci’s recordings from 1926-30 of Bach, Paganini, Dont and broadcast fragments of Wieniawski and Paganini.

“Historic”
The Legacy of Cremona – Ruggiero Ricci plays 18 contemporary violins (Book + CD)

“Interview”
Ricci: Reminiscences with Michael Oliver & Michael Bannister

“Interview”
Ricci in conversation with H. Elton: Paganini’s 4th Concerto

“Interview”
Ricci in conversation with D. Mourat

“Interview”
Ricci: A glimpse of the man and his art (with Philip Bacon and Michael Hall)

Arnold
Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 43

Arnold
Five Pieces for Violin & Piano, Op. 84

Bach
Partita #1 in B minor, BWV 1002

Bach
Concerto No. 2 in E

Bach
Ciaccona from Partita No. 2

Bach
Preludio from Partita No. 3

Bach
Prelude from Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006

Bach
Andante & Allegro from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003

Bach
Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV1004

Bach
Partita No. 2 in D Minor

Bach
Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV1005

Bach
Partita No. 1 in B Minor

Bach
Sonata No. 2 in A Minor

Bach
Preludio from Partita in E Major BWV 1006

Bach
Violin Concerto in D Minor BWV 1052

Bach
Sonata No. 2 in A Minor

Bach
Sonata No. 1 in G Minor

Bach
Partita No. 3 in E Major BWV 1006

Bach
Preludio from Partita in E Major, BWV 1006 (video)

Bach
Sarabanda & Giga from Partita in D Minor, BWV 1004 (video)

Bach
Sonata #3 in C minor, BWV1005 (VHS-NTSC)

Bach
Sonata #2 in A minor, BWV1003 (VHS-NTSC)

Bach
Partita #2 in D minor, BWV1004 (VHS-NTSC)

Bach Partita #1 in B minor, BWV1002 (VHS-NTSC)

Bach- Brahms-Ricci Two Counterpoints on the Presto from the G Minor Solo Violin Sonata

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