Text Box: VIOLINIST autographs
Text Box: HARMONIE AUTOGRAPHS AND MUSIC INC.

MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS & ANTIQUARIAN
Text Box: MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA BOUGHT AND SOLD

Phone: 212-860-5541  *  Fax: 917-677-8247

 

Price: $195.00

NEAR MINT CONDITION

RUGGIERO RICCI - VIOLINIST

Ideal autographed and inscribed 8” x 10” National Concerts and Artists Corporation photograph of the American violinist, 1951.

 

Pushed by his Father to become a musician, (Woodrow Wilson Rich) Ricci (1918-2012) like Menuhin and Isaac Stern was a child prodigy and pupil of Louis Persinger.  Ricci made his public debut in San Francisco in 1928 with Persinger at the piano.  His New York debut was at Carnegie Hall on November 29, 1929 with Persinger at the piano again.  He had already begun his love affair with Paganini as he played the first violin concerto that day, along with the Mozart fifth (Turkish) as well as works by Vieuxtemps, Piani and Monasterio.  Persinger moved to New York to teach at Juilliard and Ricci moved with him.  The violinist made his first international tour at the age of fourteen in 1932.  He also studied with Michel Piastro, Paul Stassevich and Georg Kulenkampff.  Ricci, unlike many of his fellow prodigies made it to adulthood with his faculties in tact and in played concerts and recitals until 2003; 75 years before the public.  His final two concerts were at the Smithsonian and with Martha Argerich at the Ivry Gitlis’s Festival Col de Vence.

 

Ricci’s love affair with the music of Paganini was legendary.  He performed every known work by the Master including the early 1815 violin concerto, giving the first New York performance in 1977.  He mastered some 60 concertos of various composers in his repertory and gave the world premieres of the Alberto Ginastera violin concerto and the Gottfried van Einem violin concerto in 1970. 

 

Ricci was also in demand as a teacher and taught a Juilliard, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the Mozarteum, master classes and privately.  His many students both in American and internationally include concert and chamber violinists: Victor Arriola, Daniela Beer, Liliana Ciulei, Stephen Daniels, Geoffrey Day, Wilfried Hedenborg, Min Kym, Min Lee, Sean Lee, Eva León, Manrico Padovani, Lawrence Sonderling, Frank Stadler, Alexandru Tomescu, Matthew Trusler, Volkan Yalcin, Shigetoshi Yamada, David Yonan,  as well as guitarist Eliot Fisk.