1918 Ruggiero Ricci was born in 1918 as the third child
of seven. His famliy, not being rich was oriented to music. His father,
an immigrant from Italy being a musician (a very ambitious man who played
the trombone). He instructed his children to become musicians ("either
musician, or garbage man").
1930: Persinger arranged to meet Fritz Kreisler and Jacques Thibaud on the occasion of a west-cost concert tour. Although further tuition by Fritz Kreisler was intended, Ricci decided to go to Berlin in order to study with Georg Kulenkampff. He learned the totally different "German style" of playing in the tradition of Adolf Busch, avoiding glissando and portamento. Further studies with Michel Piastro and Paul Stassevich followed, until he returned to Persinger
Ricci's recordings made in the year 1934 in Germany are giving withess
of the beautiful sound, the perfect mastering of his instrument and
his secure feeling for style. Persinger accompanied on the piano.
1947 Ricci recorded the 24 Capriccios Paganini for the first time on Shellac records. (Ossi Renardi who reorded them earlier,had decided for a version with piano accompagnement by Schumann. On his discs - issued under the "Master of the Bow" series, is a complete recordings but unpleasurable due to many cuts, the omission if all repetitions so it is not really a loss, not to know this recording.)
His worldwide touring over the whole world - Ricci played more than
6000 concerts during 70 years of his carreer as a violinist - and made
noumerous recordings- was supplemented by master classes and teaching,
at last at the academy of music "Mozarteum" in Salzburg where
he is active since 1988. Other important masterclasses were held in
the USA (Julliard, Indiana, Michigan and North Carolina), as well as
in Assisi and Berlin .
1998 Ricci gave a recital at Wigmore Hall in London on the occasion of his 80th. Birthday. His program selection comprised works by Wieniawski, Ysaye, Paganini and Bach. his only concession was to sit down -the first time he did in his career- while the Chaconne by Bach forced him to stand up "There was no way I was going to play that piece sat on a chair" as he commented later.
Which violinist in the world can look back on a period of concertising
of over 60 years, and a "Golden Jubilee" as a soloist ?