Ruggiero Ricci Violinist

Ruggiero ricci

Ruggiero Ricci (born July 24, 1918) is an Italian-American violinist known for performances and recordings of the works of Paganini. He was born in San Bruno, California. Ricci's brother was cellist George Ricci (1923–2010) and his sister Emma played violin with the New York Metropolitan Opera. He is the son of Italian immigrants. 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 Henryk Wieniawski and Henri 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".

Personal details

Date of birth
July 24th, 1918
Date of death
August 6th, 2012 at age of 94
Place of death
Palm Springs, California, United States of America
Cause of death
Heart failure

Music albums

Album title Release date Release type Recording type Recording length Additional artists Contributors
Complete Works for Violin & Orchestra / Cello & Orchestra
2003 Album on compact disc

Written work

1.Ricci on glissando

Editions Subjects Co-authors
2007. at Bloomington


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