Who is Riccardo Riccardi?
Riccardo Riccardi was born in 1954 in Rimini where he studied piano
with Guido Zangheri. His early schooling at the Liceo Classico Giulio
included Italian classes with Carlo Alberto Balducci who had
also taught Federico Fellini.
In 1972 he moved to Florence to study composition at the Conservatorio
di Musica Luigi Cherubini
with Pier Luigi Zangelmi and later with Carlo
Prosperi. He concurrently studied piano with Franco Scala until his
graduation in 1976. From 1977 to 1980 he spent summers in Germany and
in 1980 worked as a music coach at the Jugend-Festspieltreffen
In 1981 he earned his doctorate in architecture with a dissertation
entitled, The Theory of Harmonic Proportions in the Architectural
Treatises of the Renaissance
. He earned his degree in
composition in July 1982 and moved to Los Angeles that August. In 1983
his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
received the Composer’s Award at
the 21st Southwestern Youth Music Festival.
He returned to Europe in 1984 and led radio programs from 1988 to 1991
at the Spanish National Radio (RNE
) and the Italian National Radio and
). In the 1990's he returned to painting, an earlier
passion, and also started working as an architect, devoting himself
mainly to interior design.
Since the 1970’s Riccardi has composed chamber, orchestral and vocal
music, and began focusing primarily on music theater in the early
1990’s. His operas range from works sung throughout, as in historical
Italian opera, to Singspiel and theatrical texts with arias and are
based on his own libretti, some original and others adapted from early
20th century writers.
Among his recent works: Talk Show
(Lucca, 2009), Una questione d’onore
(San Gimignano, 2010), Il testament–The Will
(Dublin, 2014), Moving Out
(Washington, 2016), Shakespeare & Gossip
(Rome, 2016), L'ascensore
As an academic, Riccardi has been invited to colleges and universities
in California, Arizona, Indiana, and Maryland since 1994. He also
taught composition in the New York University Florence Program from
2008 to 2012, and Music Appreciation in the Rome Program of Saint
Mary's College, Notre Dame from 1998 to 2013. He was the Nancy Unobskey
Visiting Artist in Modern and Contemporary Art at Goucher College,
Towson, Maryland in 2014.
Riccardo Riccardi holds a Chair of Composition at the Santa Cecilia
Conservatory in Rome.